One of the hardest things to do in this age of short attention spans and constant stimulation is to get adults and kids to pay attention to you long enough to get your point across. This is a problem for both teachers and business leaders. You know that you have information that is important for your audience but, they don’t seem interested in what you have to say or are distracted by something out of your control.
One answer to this problem is to peak their interest with something that most people don’t see every day and then draw them in by seamlessly combining that special something with the subject matter. Many of the variety arts will supply this special touch if they are applied properly. Although juggling, ventriloquism or any one of the other seldom seen performance arts can work, I am going explain how magic can be used to grab an audience’s imagination and focus attention on the desired topic.
I have been an educator in a variety of positions in the public schools and adult education for more than forty years. In that time, I’ve found that grasping the attention of the class at the very beginning of the lesson is the key to success. Next week I will expand on this concept.