Public speaking: Keeping it simple doesn't mean you're stupidKeeping it simple requires confidence and humility
Simplicity in speeches and presentations
One should choose the simplest explanation of a phenomenon, the one that requires the fewest leaps of logic. The more complex something is, the easier we should explain it.
Of each particular thing, ask: “What is it in itself, in its own construction?”
One should choose the simplest explanation of a phenomenon, the one that requires the fewest leaps of logic. Or in other words; “Keep it simple, stupid!”. Good old Albert Einstein meant; “If you can’t explain it to a six-year-old, you don’t understand it yourself.”
Genius is the ability to reduce the complicated to the simple.
C. W. Ceran
Instead of buying the book with the title How can I sound sophisticated and irritate my audience, I recommend choosing simplicity. The truth is that it takes trust and humility to keep it simple. We can all benefit if we can realize that we don’t have to talk like a super genius to be considered intelligent. There is a much greater genius in our ability to keep it simple. Remember that many of the world’s most difficult problems have been solved with the simplest solutions.
Preparation of important speeches and presentations
Those who do not speak are not heard, and even those who speak up are not always successful. There are a few more steps that need to be mastered.
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Published: June 21, 2008
Author: Karsten Noack
Revision: August 22nd, 2022
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