Have you noticed when you go to a movie that a strong beginning sucks you in and makes you excited for what comes next? And a great conclusion leaves you wanting more? Sure, much of the substance of the movie is between those two benchmarks, but good directors know the beginning and end provide much of the emotional definition and make the film more memorable.
Many thoughtful instructors spend a great amount of time developing wonderful playlists combining strong physiological sequencing with impactful music. Yet many of these same instructors ad lib the beginning and end of class without much prior thought.
Research shows that the greatest impact is felt by participants during both the start (i.e., “intro”) and the finish (i.e., “outro”) of the class (Hall and Fishburne, 2010). Yet, those are the parts of class that I see being given the least amount of thought and planning by many instructors.
Below, we will discuss some specific things you can do to strengthen the impact of your intros and outros, but first I want to offer you another way to think about these crucial moments.