Every speaker dreads the signs of audience disengagement. They appear nine minutes and 59 seconds into the presentation, according to academic researcher and best-selling author of Brain Rules John Medina.
That’s when people’s brains need an emotional charge, something different from the rest of the talk yet integral to the topic. Medina calls them “soft breaks”, and he says they’re required every 10 minutes if you want to keep things lively.
Visual narratives – or comics for communicators, if you will - make ideal soft breaks, inviting them to identify with the issues you can solve. Show your audience a single panel or short multi-panel narrative and watch them get involved. (Here's a quick example http://bit.ly/1CrM5Va) Then pull them back to your presentation by asking: "When have you felt like this?"
I collaborate with you to develop characters and events that dramatize and humanize key segments of your presentation. These scenarios use emotional triggers to reinforce ideas you've already conveyed.