What can you learn from Dora-the-Explorer about presenting?

If you’ve ever had the “pleasure” of watching Dora-the-Explorer you have already seen at least 10 times what makes Dora a great presenter… … is it the annoying girl voice? The overly bright clothing?


No: Dora does a great job of TRANSITIONS

have a look at this short film and you’ll see what I mean

  • In fact, DORA does this in every episode when she regularly pulls out her “map” to let the kids know what they are going to do today…


In a presentation, it is important to let your audience know where they are and where they are going. Dora does this at the very start of each episode and regularly throughout the episode. If you compare her behaviour to the diamond structure of an Inductive presentation, Dora gives us:

  • An agenda at the start (19 secs into the film)
  • A reminder at each transition moment (56 seconds and 1m18 secs into the film)
  • A summary at the end (1m40 seconds into the film)

In the film above, she implemented this agenda/transition behaviour IN one specific part of her “presentation”..


What is the effect of this?

If you’re a work-at-home mother or father, you already know: You can plonk the kids in front of the TV and for at least 20 minutes, they are stuck to Dora * Compared to other TV programmes or activities, Dora does a much better job. Why? Because she immediately and regularly answers the kids’ most regular questions:

  • Where are we going?
  • Are we nearly there yet?


…but what about adults? We don’t need Dora, right?

Wrong! If you are presenting, your audience is asking the same 2 questions:

  • What is your point?
  • Are we nearly there yet?


Good agenda and transition behaviour, coupled with an inductive presentation structure will help you to:

  • Get the attention of  your audience
  • Create understanding of your message
  • Increase retention during the presentation (they stay glued to the TV !)
  • Improve recall after your presentation

Thanks Dora 🙂


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* I know, I’m a terrible father 😦 ..but hey, I’m a great trainer 🙂


Published by Dan Steer

Wandering corporate trainer, learning and development consultant, conference speaker and professional El-Magico. I help people get better at stuff by creating and facilitating Infinite Learning © opportunities. The world would be a better place if everyone was doing what he loved and doing it well. I am working to bring out the "El Magico" in everybody. Training in presentation and communication skills, leadership, social media for learning and marketing, learning and development management + personal effectiveness.

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