Present like Hitchcock: Creating Curiosity with Tension Technique

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A vast desert of harvested fields. Cary Grant gets out of a bus. He is supposed to meet here a mysterious agent from whom the audience knows long ago that they do not exist. Now he is standing there, at a lonely crossroads. Best of HR –®

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Michael Moesslang michael-moesslangMichael Moesslang is a lecturer at St. Gallen Business School, BAW and Munich University of Applied Sciences, Top 100 Excellence Trainer, Coach and Author.


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Exciting as a Hitchcock movie

A presentation could be as exciting as a Hitchcock movie. A dramaturgy that builds a tension curve from the beginning, suspense as that in the technical language is called. Slides, and a language that supports this tension as well as the dialogues, pictures and music in Hitchcock's masterpieces.

And the listeners are already tied up, like the visitors of the cinemas or today the viewers late at night, when old Hitchcock films are repeated.

Anyone can present like Hitchkock!

To use Hitchcock's techniques in presentations, you do not need to be a director or an actor. Anyone can present such as Hitchcock, if he knows the Suspense, Tension or the PlotPoint method.

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In fact, one of the causes of boredom is a monotonous presentation. Monotone speech with little facial expressions, gestures and eye contact is unfortunately not exactly rare. The more vivid a presenter speaks, the easier it is for the audience to follow.

It depends on the successful entry

Hevorragende means for a good, exciting presentation, however, are: With imagery and effectiverhetoric Kopfkino to produce the right head cinema.

Successful entry is also very important for a good, engaging speech. Clarify details later, start with the most vivid scene possible. Alfred Hitchcock, for example, makes us wait a whole seven minutes in his film “The Invisible Third”.

Tension as a means of enthusiasm

Seven minutes, in which he only shows us the vastness and desolation of the landscape. Without music. Only the sounds of passing cars and a spray plane in the distance can be heard.

Tension is relatively easy to use. Also, the version of the TV series, namely the change in another scene, you can use targeted. Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple, likes to do this. He announces a new product, but reveals no more than the name.

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Use suspense for the lecture

You can also use this slowly increasing tension in the film for presentation. With exciting presentations you draw the attention of your audience and encourage you to think ahead and think ahead.

Why is Hitchcock tensing us so long? Because this creates tension. Tension is a form of tension that works with delay. You know that from almost all movies. The easiest way to work with it. There, a scene is played until just before a decision.

Delays as a means of rhetoric

Then cut and switch to another scene, so we still have to wait. This method, however, has the disadvantage that we are in the new scene shortly afterwards and the previous one have long forgotten when the change happens again.

Hitchcock's delay takes place in the same scene instead. This is the unusual, especially in this case because it takes so long. You can also easily use Tension in your presentation. Thus, a slightly longer speech pause can already generate this voltage.

Use pauses specifically when talking

For example, if you stretch the colon in the following sentence with a long pause. “In around 150 years of cinema history, a name is always the first to be mentioned when it comes to suspense: Alfred Hitchcock!” The longer you “endure” the break, the greater the tension.

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Instead of a speech pause, you can also provide an action for this tension moment. Before you go out with your news, go to the flipchart and write or write what you have just announced. The audience has to wait for your news. The slower you draw or write, the higher the voltage level.

Let the audience wait

It is only when the solution becomes apparent that you turn to the audience and pronounce the solution. If the solution is the number 635.000, write it slowly from the beginning, starting with the zeros. Just before you write to the 6, pronounce the number. Try it, it's fun to keep the audience waiting.

Instead of showing it to the curious fans and journalists, he first tells how successful the story of the predecessor product was. Or how uninteresting the ideas appeared to him, which so far on the market existed. Only after this short trip he finally shows the novelty. The applause is certain to him.

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  1. Michael Moesslang

    With #Tension technology convince curiosity: - Very interesting!51VIW - Series: "This is how Hitchcock would present"

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