Time Distortion for Speakers – How some Speakers Violate Listener Timelines

Jun 30, 2012 | High Performance, Leadership, Public Speaking, Training Insights | 0 comments

Too many Speakers violate how their audience members structure time. Use Time Distortion well, and level up!

Most speakers I watch (even on youtube) keep getting their “time” references completely wrong for audiences.  It creates unintended bad time distortion effects, makes your talks more confusing, and you’ll lose your listeners too easily.

When on stage or otherwise in front of groups, you MUST *rewire* how you reference past vs. future, so that your audience connects with your messages more effectively, and internalizes how and when to take appropriate actions in the future.

This isn’t just a “good idea” — it’s critical if they’re going to adopt & absorb your message.  They’re not behind you; they’re facing you.  So the normal, natural internal time references that work for you personally, will NOT work for them when they’re in the audience.

Invert your Left vs Right time references for platform speaking!

You have to rewire it so that your time references correctly mark out past topics/descriptions towards their left (your right), and future references marked out towards their right side (your left).  This sets you up for effective, correct time-distortion possibilities.

If you mess this up… you can count on instant rejection of your suggestions!  And remember, without those feedback loops from live training, you’re unlikely to know when you’re unconsciously doing it badly!

Also, you’ll want to trigger the effect of inverting your own timeline when you step onstage.  And, you’ll want to do the opposite, when you’re done speaking, and invert it back to normal, when you step offstage.  Not doing both can really interfere with a speaker’s organized life!  Because you don’t want to do time-distortion on yourself accidentally!  (We all benefit by using it, intentionally!

Solutions are easy to find, though.  I train speakers how to choose the better form of time references, far past the clunky stage, all the way into comfortable habits, in my 5-day speakers course (SpeakerGenius).  Easy peasy!

Author: Jonathan Altfeld