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Stories, anecdotes, and diversions

The Presenter's Blog

Anecdotes, stories, and diversions bring a presentation to life. The secret is to not leave the anecdote to chance. Like a good story or anecdote, my diversion bought me not just the colors of Istanbul, but it’s sounds, and smells, and textures, and tastes. It paints colour into our words, sharing our passion for the subject.

Public Speaking - Anecdotes For Presentations

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Looking Forward to Research/Anecdotes about Lost Productivity - Banned Laptops

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"The Trump administration issued a new travel restriction on bringing large electronics in carry-on luggage on direct flights to the U.S.

Podcast: Reviewing an Old Speaker’s Anecdote Book

Communication Steroids

Tim stumbled across a 1977 book on speaker’s anecdotes and we thought we’d take a stab at reviewing a few of the anecdotes and testing them for today’s speaker. How did that work out? Roger Pike joins Tim ‘Gonzo’ Gordon for this oddball podcast. How did that work out?

Podcast: Reviewing an Old Speaker’s Anecdote Book

Communication Steroids

Tim stumbled across a 1977 book on speaker’s anecdotes and we thought we’d take a stab at reviewing a few of the anecdotes and testing them for today’s speaker. How did that work out? Roger Pike joins Tim ‘Gonzo’ Gordon for this oddball podcast. How did that work out?

Held up? Time to resource a presentation web library

The Presenter's Blog

Any web-derived resource, such as TEDTalk, will operate in the same way as an anecdote would. The hotel has WiFi. I have my iPhone.

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Coining an anecdote!

Nick R Thomas - A Public Speaker's Blog

Finding a great anecdote in difficulty

The Eloquent Woman

She gave him a paper she had just published on the genesis of cancer. “ Then he dropped it in.” What is your mother going to say?'" she recalled.

Podcast: Reviewing an Old Speaker’s Anecdote Book

Communication Steroids

Tim stumbled across a 1977 book on speaker’s anecdotes and we thought we’d take a stab at reviewing a few of the anecdotes and testing them for today’s speaker. How did that work out? Roger Pike joins Tim ‘Gonzo’ Gordon for this oddball podcast. How did that work out?

"Remember James Tate" - Speakers have a new multi-purpose anecdote

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  Clearly,  public speakers now have in their menu of bullet-proof anecdotes one that will never not resonate. 

Standing ovation for Gordon Brown after anecdotes about Reagan, Cicero and Demosthenes

Max Atkinson

Readers of my books will know that I give great emphasis to the importance of anecdotes in effective speeches and presentations, and there are two nice examples of this in Mr Brown's speech. You can see the whole of his TED performance at the bottom of this page and inspect a brief review of Twitter responses HERE.

What’s the difference between an anecdote and a story?

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

Most people tell each other anecdotes, thinking that they’re telling stories.    An anecdote is something that happens.    To be an effective communicator, you should stop telling anecdotes and start telling stories.     That’s an anecdote.      It’s a tragedy.

Late October: literary events, lozenges and linctus!

Nick R Thomas - A Public Speaker's Blog

He had made notes for his talk but rarely referred to them and we could have listened to many more of his anecdotes. I included the odd humorous anecdote which got some appreciation from the audience of around 100 but didn't exactly raise the roof. Review: Southbourne Literary Society meeting, Bournemouth, October 2012.

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Review of “Start strong – 3 gripping ways to open your talk” by Craig Hadden

PowerPoint Tips

Share a story or anecdote about success or failure (like in this example of being terrified before speaking). Involve people emotionally!

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Storytelling tips from frequent speakers and speechwriters

The Eloquent Woman

Better no anecdotes than a cheesy anecdote!" Without that, skip the story. he says. she says. What's your storytelling goal? Join us!

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Closing A Speech or Presentation, Part I

Matt Eventoff

The audience was clearly focused, nodding as you delivered your message; eyes locked as you wove through a carefully crafted medley of stories, anecdotes and analogies, all supporting your message. The moment of truth has arrived. You had them entranced at the open. Thank you.” ” …and then nothing happens.

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How To Close A Speech That Brings Your Audience To Their Feet

Matt Eventoff

Their eyes were locked as you wove through a carefully crafted medley of stories, anecdotes and analogies, all supporting your message. or _.

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How To End A Speech or Presentation, Pt. II

Matt Eventoff

Very) Short Story/Anecdote - Based on the principle of show, don’t tell: Use a very brief story or anecdote to drive a message. Whether taking a company public, introducing a new product to market, delivering a new lecture or simply leading a team meeting, the conclusion is crucial to the success of any presentation.

The Seven Types of Presentation to Avoid

Speaking about Presenting

The presentation is chocka full of stories, anecdotes, jokes, shocking statistics, and metaphors. Sign up here. The “grab bag” presentation.

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When a man hogs the mic at the the Women's March on Washington

The Eloquent Woman

Moore, who gave a spirited speech and had many calls to action for the crowd, got carried away and began telling anecdote after anecdote.

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Should we be suspicious of stories?

Presentation Zen

We are wired for stories. We are programmed to prefer stories and to think in story structures.” Stories are ubiquitous in our lives. He lives.

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Better Listeners Get Better Speakers

Professionally Speaking...

The presenter gives her wisdom, experience, data, opinions, recommendations and the audience gets precisely those elements. 2.0. .

Rhetoric – The Pubic Speaking Game™

Manner of Speaking

Reflection – Players must share an insight or anecdote about public speaking with their fellow players. They must speak about the topic.

Friendship, Gay and Straight

The Communication Blog

The largely anecdotal article covers the difficulties in such relationships and the advantages of such relationships. 6.29.2009 Friendship, Gay and Straight Heres an interesting article on friendship between gay men and straight men, a little researched area of interpersonal relationships. Communication Strategies: Guidelines for Making Se.

The Seven Types of Presentation to Avoid

Speaking about Presenting

The presentation is chocka full of stories, anecdotes, jokes, shocking statistics, and metaphors. Sign up here. The “grab bag” presentation.

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25 Ways to Make a Point

Manner of Speaking

Personal anecdote. Third party anecdote. One of the many public speaking resources that I consult regularly is an email newsletter from J. Gamache , an internationally acclaimed bilingual (French and English) speaker who finished 3rd in the 2001 Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking. . In a recent email , J. Example.

The Epic Keynote - a Review

Speak and Deliver

In fact, it's filled with anecdotes from other speakers, almost to a fault. Doesn't mean it's bad, however. 2 1/2 out of 4 Stars.

Rhetoric – The Public Speaking Game™

Manner of Speaking

Reflection – Players must share an insight or anecdote about public speaking with their fellow players. They must speak about the topic.

Imagine “How creativity works”

The Presenter's Blog

Hard science blends with anecdotes and interviews. “Our most important mental talent: the ability to imagine what has never existed.”.

Presentation Tip: Powerful Closings

Professionally Speaking...

Wrap up with a story, quote or anecdote that summarizes your message. We, as business presenters, need to learn to do the same.

Famous Speech Friday: Melissa Rivers's Tribute to Joan Rivers

The Eloquent Woman

But she did choose her Joan anecdotes and jokes wisely, since they all the support the theme of bravery and fearlessness in the talk.

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Chapter 17: Soft and Feature Article Leads – from “Everything You Wanted to Know about Freelance Writing”

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

Chapter 17: Soft and Feature Article Leads - As you have gathered by now, rather than using the W5 to deliver the news, soft leads capture the attention of readers by using a story-related anecdote, painting a picture of a person, place or thing, or posing a question.

Nuggets of Storytelling Wisdom

Manner of Speaking

Weaving personal anecdotes with short clips from movies on which has worked, Stanton makes a compelling case for the power of a good story.

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The 'detective story' principle and puzzle-solution formats

Max Atkinson

Tags: Puzzle-solution anecdotes

Storytelling-III. 5 Ideas. 5 Blogs. 5 Days.

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

  Without that, you have an anecdote:  We were in New York City.    That’s a fine celebrity-spotting anecdote, but it’s not a story.  This is the third blog in a series about storytelling – 5 in 5 days.    But we do remember stories.    That’s because they are how our brains work. 

Inside Voice: Marcus Webb, TEDMED's Chief Storytelling Officer

The Eloquent Woman

Better no anecdotes than a cheesy anecdote! Webb doesn''t limit his writing skills to speeches, but also writes screenplays. Blarney!

Analysis of Malala Yousafzai’s speech to the UN General Assembly

The Presenter's Blog

The anecdote provides a dramatic punchline to the logos, but also hints that the illiterate are more likely to become Taliban. by Peter Watts.

12 Public Speaking Lessons from “Comedian”

Manner of Speaking

It also follows Orny Adams , a young up-and-coming comedian who is trying to make it. The film is very candid. You see the effort that these guys make.

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Own Your Industry - Book 23 of 52 in 52 - A Review of Douglas Kruger's latest book

Speak and Deliver

The first time I became acquainted with Douglas Kruger was on DVD - he was speaking in the Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking.

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Nancy Duarte Resonate iBook

The Presenter's Blog

Anecdotes. Anecdotes from the author are an important part of business books. by Peter Watts. Think of it as a TARDIS. The story form.