Crafting Content Ep 06: Transitions

Transitions are one of the most overlooked parts of any talk, yet they are critical to the throughline of the talk, connecting one section to the next.


Takeaways


  • Help The Flow

    Good transitions help to bridge different ideas that would otherwise may seems discontiguous to your audience.

  • Communicate Clearly

    When well crafted, transitions help reinforce and deepen your message .

  • Need to be Practiced

    Transitions may not be the sexiest part of your Talk, yet they matter greatly and must be rehearsed.

The transitions can be a beautiful way to blend all of these worlds together within your talk so that the audience can enjoy the entire experience.Kymberlee

Transitions are one of the most overlooked parts of any talk. A lot of speakers will work on their opening, work on their closing, work on their stories, but they don’t work that much on their transitions. Transitions are important. Transitions can help glue one section to the next. Transitions can help us follow the throughline of the talk. It can help the audience know where you’re going next and also where you’ve been. When you are rehearsing your talks, you really want to make sure that you practice your transitions as much as you practice any of your other sections because it matters.

If you’re telling a story, for example, and then all of a sudden you land your point after that story, and then now all of a sudden you’re into the next story, we need some kind of transition between those two ideas. We need to know where you’ve been and where you’re going so the audience can anchor themselves to your idea and can follow along. You never want your audience confused. You never want to leave them wondering, “Now, what was she talking about? Or What did he just say? What are we talking about now?” No.

The transitions can be a beautiful way to blend all of these worlds together within your talk so that the audience can just sit back and enjoy the entire experience that you’re bringing them into.

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