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The single guaranteed way to turn any audience off

March 7, 2024

‘I’m going to start with this beautiful film,’ a presenter informs the audience.

The killer in this sentence is the word beautiful.

The minute you use an adjective to describe something your audience is going to experience:

· You’re creating an expectation that may or may not be met because everyone has different ideas of what makes up beauty.

· The churlish people in the audience (and yes, there will always be a couple), their half-risen hackles will spring to attention

· And most people want to make up their own mind. They don’t want to be told what to think.

A more intelligent, inclusive way of presenting the film would be to say something like, ‘I want to share this film. After watching it I invite your comments and observations.’

Your audience will probably find the film beautiful. (If you have good taste, and I’m sure you do!). They should discover the film is beautiful rather than you telling them. You can’t tell me what I’m going to feel or think before the experience.

This sounds like a subtle play on language, but it’s powerfu. This ensures the experience is beautiful. Not because you said so, but because your audience discovered it for themselves.

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