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13 Ways To Break The Pattern During A Speech

We humans acclimate rather quickly to unchanging stimuli. Just as we normally tune out the feel of our shirt, the gentle hum of a ceiling fan, and the comforting scent of our morning coffee, we tune out speakers who become too predictable.

But that offers us a vital clue about how to keep our audiences interested: do the opposite. Just as we evolved the capacity to tune out static, we developed a keen ability to detect change in the environment. We notice things that are different—or that “break a pattern.”

In this post, you’ll learn more about retaining the audience’s attention—and learn 13 ways to break the pattern.