Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Please keep the answers short!

If there is one flaw in the excellence of President Obama's speaking skills it is his tendency to go on and on when answering questions. The golden rule is 35 seconds; MAXIMUM! Once you pass that the audience starts to tune out. It is all to do with attention span. We don't mean to, we just do. Those who get the technique of answering questions well make sure that every answer is short (Not terse), but short enough so that the audience find themselves asking more and more questions. One long answer quickly kills the interest.


  1. I know what you mean! I realize though that he explains to those that understand first what it is he's talking about and then answers the question. Long yes, but with some of the questions he gets it's important to share the details.

  2. ...those that *do not* understand...