Speaker Technique: Looping

Looping is a technique used by writers to create intrigue, build anticipation or strengthen a theme. It is typically done by referring back to a point that was made previously.

The secret is to leave the loop open by changing the subject without disrupting the flow of the narrative.  A basic loop will do this by telling the audience what is about to happen: ‘we’ll come back to this point in a bit.’ However, the most powerful loops use a subject change as a distraction and then close the loop by later referring back to the original point.  Audience satisfied, point emphasised, job done.

Here is an example of how Milton Jones uses looping for comedic effect. Comedians are of course, the masters of public speaking.

Aimee Bateman – TED Talks of Tomorrow

Aimee Bateman gradlifelondon.com

Aimee plunged herself into the world of careers from the moment she graduated; initially excelling in recruitment and now as the founder of one of the most respected career advisory companies in the UK – Careercake.com.  Her simple take on how to do what you love is brilliant; which is probably why she has been inundated with awards over the last 18 months.  Aimee has been on BBC television on several occasions and her careers advice has been featured across the UK’s national press.  She is one to watch out for in the future and she needs to get on that TED stage!

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