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Description

Give a brief description of some of the good things you are going to cover in your talk.  Make them intriguing, interesting and tantalizing, not a boring precis or so complete a description that you give the whole game away.

It can be helpful to use a list, although care must be taken to keep it interesting and not let it fall into the 'boring' category. Using physical props, videos and other devices can all help create early excitement.

Example

Just look at this short video a man flying...Impossible? Perhaps, and perhaps not. Those with sharp sight may have noticed that that man was me. Tonight I'm going to tell you how I became the first man to fly in a one-person jetsuit across the Alps, and I'll be showing you more of the fantastic sights I saw.

Discussion

The purpose of the preview is to stimulate and arouse the audience, teasing them with a partial view of what is to come and so create pleasurable anticipation and consequent attention.

Another factor that is at work here is the Zeigarnik effect, which notes that when we do not achieve closure, we remain open until completion is achieved.

See also

Arousal principle, Closure principle

 

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