Reluctantly Redundant – You may need to say it TWICE

Reluctantly Redundant, Superficially Superfluous, Alluringly Alliant, Conscientiously Content, Lusciously Lenient.………….shall I go on?  As much as I LOVE alliterations; much the same as the next linguist, this post isn’t about that.  It is about the part of the subtitle that says;  You may need to say it TWICE. 

The beauty of redundancy.  Or shall we say Redundancy is Beautiful?  Or, simply, let’s find the beauty in redundancy. 

I don’t know about you but I was raised in a family culture wherein the parents stated “if I have to tell you TWICE you are obviously not listening!”  I cannot tell you how difficult it is for me (even after more than 20 years of professional training experience) to repeat words to drive home a concept or ask a question once again.  It makes no difference whether the audience is passive (as in a recorded webinar) or an active audience (as in a live in person/live webinar presentation).  I have to remind myself “you are not the child, you are not going to be in trouble for asking the question twice or stating the concept twice.”

Time for questions

Often times, I can look into an audience of adult learners and see “furrowed” brows.  Since I am an experienced trainer I now know this is almost always a clue that the individual simply did not hear what I said or they have a question but are afraid to ask for assistance.  I now know to simply re-state the concept in a more simple terms and/or reach out proactively to see if there are any questions I might be able to answer.  I always offer the option to my adult learners to question me during breaks,  lunch or even private chat (during a webinar) in the event they do not feel comfortable asking live questions. 

This speaks directly to one of the concepts I have been teaching for years.  KNOW YOUR AUDIENCE! This simple concept is something I have said before and I will continue focus on as long as a I have a listening audience.  This concept is key. 

I am constantly humbled by the manner in which people say “thank you” for your support.  The direct messages on social media platforms are usually my favorite because they come attached with so much thought.  Here all of the ways you can reach me and share your presentations stories:

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Even if you have shared your success story in the past I don’t mind the beauty of redundancy!

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About the author: Kimberli Allen

About the author: Kimberli Allen

Kimberli Allen, Principal and Founder of Everything Webinar, LLC, is an international communication and presentation skills expert. She has acquired 20+ years experience as a corporate trainer, coach and entrepreneur (both virtual and in-person). Kimberli has designed numerous customized training programs, worked with such clients as Nike, Cisco, GlaxoSmithKline, and TAB Products, and personally coached thousands of clients in more than 32 countries. When Kimberli is not leading a training program or launching new products to enhance communication and presentation skills around the globe, you can find her competing in a duathlon or triathlon with her two daughters.