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Making presentations in the TED style

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Thou Shalt Tell a Story. TEDx Tokyo 2009 In less than two weeks TEDx Tokyo will have its unveiling. He makes good use of humor and story to illustrate his points. Using a prepared script from the lectern (with slides/video) Sylvia Earle (TED Prize winner 2009).

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The Moral of the Story

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Today, Ill walk you through a simple process of finding The Moral of the Story. Thats the story, told without spin, in its entirety. Would you believe I can use this story in at least 9 different ways? Think of a story from your life - just one.

How Do You Choose a Speaking Coach?

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Posted by Rich Hopkins, Speaker, Author, Coach on Monday, September 21, 2009 Labels: Experience , Fees , Skype , Speaking Coach , Testimonials On Friday, I talked about the pros and cons of joining Toastmasters vs. hiring a Speech Coach.

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Web Ink Now: Top ten tips for incredibly successful public speaking

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Tell stories. When someone says: "Let me tell you a story.," Stories are exciting. Open with a story. Tell stories to illustrate your point. Its fascinating to see an audience sit up and pay attention when you start to tell a story on the stage. Photo of me presenting in Istanbul, Turkey on February 25, 2009 courtesy MediaCat. Posted by David Meerman Scott on March 16, 2009 | Permalink Digg This | Save to del.icio.us

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How to Start Speaking at Events | chrisbrogan.com

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I'll write audacious claims, or I'll write something with such a sense of humor, that they have to call up and ask if I'm for real. When I write, there is a sense of humor there, but I remain formal, polished, and prolific.

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Speak & Deliver - A Public Speaking Blog For the Speaking Public: Why We Must Sell.

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Posted by Rich Hopkins, Speaker, Author, Coach on Thursday, September 17, 2009 Labels: Audience , Benefit , Glengarry Glen Ross , Sales The profession of sales gets a bad rap. A story about how they will feel when they do it. skip to main | skip to sidebar Why We Must Sell.

ON THE HUMOR INJECTION

Sandra Schrift - Executive Speech Coach

Most professional speakers know that it is important to inject a little humor into their presentations to put themselves, as well as the audience, at ease. The listeners are then only a step away from their own stories and find themselves bonding with the speaker. Humor relaxes us and helps our retention of information. When a speaker provides a humorous perspective to his/her audience, they are teaching them to manage life's challenges with less stress.

Humorously Speaking, project 1

Pro Humorist

Maybe you’re considering doing the Humorously Speaking Manual ? Keep in mind that the Humorous Speech Contest comes up once a year. If you’re not sure what a joke story check out this link on joke stories. On The London Speaker they have the rules for the humorous speech contest. Tags: Comedy Toastmasters humor

32 Essential Skills Every Humorous Speaker Should Have

Pro Humorist

We should be able to create a large amount of humorous material that we can draw upon. Tell a Humorous Story – make sure your story has a point as well as being funny. Learn How to Handle Jokes – you should know how to source, edit and delivery joke stories. Use Different Humour Techniques – your audience can get used to a certain rhythm, so change it up a bit by using joke stories, quotes, one-liners and so on.

32 Essential Skills Every Humorous Speaker Should Have

Pro Humorist

We should be able to create a large amount of humorous material that we can draw upon. Tell a Humorous Story – make sure your story has a point as well as being funny. Learn How to Handle Jokes – you should know how to source, edit and delivery joke stories. Use Different Humour Techniques – your audience can get used to a certain rhythm, so change it up a bit by using joke stories, quotes, one-liners and so on.

eLearn: Best Practices

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15 Tips for Webinars: How to Add Impact When You Present Online By Patricia Fripp, CSP, CPAE July 7, 2009 Whenever you open your mouth, whether youre talking to one person or a thousand, you usually want to get a specific message across. Just as you would in a live presentation, tell stories and give specific examples-but in a webinar youll need even more visuals to engage the audience. Use memorable stories. Support your key points with vivid, relevant stories.

9 Tips for Enriching Your Presentations With Social Media

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It's a good example to the positive side of using Twitter and other engagement tools at conferences - it balances some of the scare stories!

Don’t follow these presentation tips

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For example, “You must grab attention at the start&# or “You must tell stories&#. But if you’re like me and don’t find humor comes easily to you, don’t force it.

32 Essential Skills Every Humorous Speaker Should Have

Pro Humorist

We should be able to create a large amount of humorous material that we can draw upon. Tell a Humorous Story – make sure your story has a point as well as being funny. Learn How to Handle Jokes – you should know how to source, edit and delivery joke stories. Use Different Humour Techniques – your audience can get used to a certain rhythm, so change it up a bit by using joke stories, quotes, one-liners and so on.

32 Essential Skills Every Humorous Speaker Should Have

Pro Humorist

We should be able to create a large amount of humorous material that we can draw upon. Tell a Humorous Story – make sure your story has a point as well as being funny. Learn How to Handle Jokes – you should know how to source, edit and delivery joke stories. Use Different Humour Techniques – your audience can get used to a certain rhythm, so change it up a bit by using joke stories, quotes, one-liners and so on.

Secrets of Power Presentations top ten for 2009

Executive Speech Coach

Thursday, December 31, 2009 Secrets of Power Presentations top ten for 2009 "Secrets of Power Presentations" by Peter Urs Bender made the Books for Business Top Ten List for 2009 - as reported in the Globe in Mail. Executive Speech Coach - Business Presentations Business presentations tips for executives, sales presenters, managers, technical experts and professionals from the "Speech Coach for Executives" George Torok.

A Lasting Impression: A Lesson Once Again on the Power of Stories

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I loved the story about the guy who walked a tightrope over Niagara Falls.” . That story about the president walking down the meandering path with his grandson was great.”. . It’s a lesson I’ve learned time and time again: There is power in stories, analogies, quotes, metaphors – and the sheer force they impose on the hearts and minds (not to mention the memory) of the listener. . Audiences love stories. It happened once again.

Observational Humor — Case Study #48

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Here’s an Observational Humor monologue from a Darren LaCroix humor workshop in Las Vegas. Darren demonstrated character development in a story by giving one of his female characters the qualities of an Amazon woman. Watch for the January 1 Ezine which will include an article on how to create “savers&# (what to say when a line doesn’t work) based on Observational Humor.

Observational Humor — Case Study #48

Humor Power

Here’s an Observational Humor monologue from a Darren LaCroix humor workshop in Las Vegas. Darren demonstrated character development in a story by giving one of his female characters the qualities of an Amazon woman. Watch for the January 1 Ezine which will include an article on how to create “savers&# (what to say when a line doesn’t work) based on Observational Humor.

The Power of the Story

Humor Power

People love stories. Throughout time, stories have been a powerful tool to communicate points and make them memorable. We care more about a person when we know his or her story. They work will work overtime to give us the back-story of the competitors. We’ll care more about the speed skating event if we know the story of at least one of the skaters. Even classic game shows, like Jeopardy, use stories to hook you. How could you enrich your stories?

The 4 Differences Between Stand-Up Comedy and Humorous Speaking

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Among the many subjects we discussed were the differences between stand-up comedy and humorous speaking. Humorous speaking still focuses on an overall message, a call to action, which is punctuated by comedy. Humorous speakers rarey have that luxury.

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Top 70 Posts and 12 Hottest Topics in Professional Speaking for 2009

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It was good to see what the hottest topic was for 2009! 10 tools for presenting with Twitter - Speaking about Presenting , October 13, 2009. June 2009 Resource of the Month - PowerPoint:What Is Appropriate When and Why? PowerPoint Tips , May 26, 2009. Startups and Venture Capitalists Beware - Matt Eventoff , May 12, 2009. Six Steps to a Successful Small Business Content Marketing Strategy - Content Marketing Today , September 4, 2009. October 21, 2009.

Cartoon Caption Contest — Creative Humor Writing

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You want healthy stuff; you go and catch your own. - From Caviar to Popcorn — A Riches to Rags Story. Tags: Contests cartoon captions contest creativity humor writing Here are the results of our latest Cartoon Caption Contest. Our next caption contest will be announced on May 1.

Observational Humor — Case Study #45

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Here’s another Observational Humor monologue presented at the end of a Toastmasters meeting. Mike told the classic Starfish story. I’m telling you that because it’s important for the next story I’m going to share.&#. Frank told us a story of meeting his wife’s ex and not realizing who it was. “I was confused when I saw that he had pictures of my grand kids in his wallet.&#. I dropped myself into the Starfish story.).

Observational Humor — Case Study #46

Humor Power

Here’s an Observational Humor monologue used at the end of the first day of a Fripp Speakers School. A speaker opened a story about someone dying in a hospital with “I wish you could have been there.&# Fripp suggested that you only use that opening for a fun and happy event. Self-deprecation suggesting that my humor might bomb.). Tags: Case Studies being funny observational humor public speaking

Creating a Funny Intro for a Presentation

Pro Humorist

You can open with a relevant humorous story. You could have humorous stories that you re-tell quite frequently that relate to your job (and are in good taste). You could open with a humorous quote , a quote by a renowned wit such as Dorothy Parker, Winston Churchill or Oscar Wilde would work. Opening with a humorous prop that relates to your message either directly, or indirectly could also work.

Creating a Funny Intro for a Presentation

Pro Humorist

You can open with a relevant humorous story. You could have humorous stories that you re-tell quite frequently that relate to your job (and are in good taste). You could open with a humorous quote , a quote by a renowned wit such as Dorothy Parker, Winston Churchill or Oscar Wilde would work. Opening with a humorous prop that relates to your message either directly, or indirectly could also work.

Public Speaking: Humor Strategies

Great Public Speaking

If the humor in your punch line depends upon the words "ruptured camel," don't say the following: Did you hear the one about the ruptured camel? => Don't EVER repeat a punch line! You'll be shot by the humor firing squad if you repeat a punch line. The humor is lost if you leave out the necessary details. => NEVER, EVER explain your joke. The longer the joke, the funnier it must be. => Don't walk around too much when telling a joke or story.

Speaking With Humor: Catchy Cultural References

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One of the easiest ways to build humor into your messages is by using Catchy Cultural References, as its described in "Go Ahead and Laugh". and a complete analysis of the humor used within, is one of 11 speeches included and dissected in "Go Ahead and Laugh".

Observational Humor — Case Study #38

Humor Power

Here is an Observational Humor Monologue presented at a Fripp Speaking and Presentation Skills School. I’ve known Fripp for more than 20 years and shared a story from an NSA chapter meeting in Los Angeles. Fripp told a story about a woman who met her in a restroom and asked, “Are you British?&# And then continued, “You’re Patricia Fripp&# and continued to quote points from a Fripp speech one year earlier.

Observational Humor — Case Study #35

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Here is another Observational Humor monologue delivered at the end of a meeting. Pam Shinkle, our club President, told a story of an IRS agent trying to collect unpaid payroll taxes from a politician. He has a good sense of humor.). Mis-pronouncing a word can sometimes lead to humor. Tags: Case Studies observational humor public speaking Toastmasters THE SET-UP (What was said and what happened during the meeting before the monologue was delivered): 1.

"No me gusta mortarboards"

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Stories and humor Each prop illustrated a story, and his stories revealed his experiences as a coach and teacher over his 30-year career. Every point he made had a story attached, and just about every story had a person or two attached.

Public Speaking Tips For Humor

Great Public Speaking

If the humor in your punch line depends upon the words ruptured camel, don't say the following: Did you hear the one about the ruptured camel? You'll be shot by the humor firing squad if you repeat a punch line. The humor is lost if you leave out the necessary details. Don't walk around too much when telling a joke or story. If you use notes, highlight or mark upcoming jokes or stories so they don't sneak up on you. Don't signal your punch line.

Uncertainty is the mother of creativity

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On a recent episode of the show Iconoclasts , actor/comedian Mike Myers talks with physician/philosopher Deepak Chopra about the connection between humor and spirituality. And here's my favorite last quote by Deepak Chopra: " Humor is humanity's device to escape suffering.

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Uncertainty is the mother of creativity

Speak Schmeak

On a recent episode of the show Iconoclasts , actor/comedian Mike Myers talks with physician/philosopher Deepak Chopra about the connection between humor and spirituality. And here's my favorite last quote by Deepak Chopra: " Humor is humanity's device to escape suffering.

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Only connect! 9 ways to do it

Speak Schmeak

Tell your own stories that illustrate your points. Your stories reveal a bit of who you are as a person, not just as a speaker. Yes, learn from successful speakers, but don't copy their movements, their vocal cadence, their stories (yes, people do this!) Download audio here.

Only connect! 9 ways to do it

Speak Schmeak

Tell your own stories that illustrate your points. Your stories reveal a bit of who you are as a person, not just as a speaker. Yes, learn from successful speakers, but don't copy their movements, their vocal cadence, their stories (yes, people do this!) Download audio here.

Speak & Deliver - A Public Speaking Blog For the Speaking Public: Speaking With Notes: 7 Best Practices

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Triggers get you to the story, and prevent you from reading from the card. It gets the audience involved, and can provide an opportunity for both interaction and humor throughout the speech. Olivia October 20, 2009 12:59 AM simonr said.

Presentation Skills: Finding Humor for Specific Industries

Great Public Speaking

If you are looking for stories and humor in a specific industry, you must work a little harder than you would have to find general humor. If you're looking for humor, sift through back issues to find humor you can use now. Call others in the industry to look for stories or incidents that would be of interest to your audience (remember to give credit). Anytime I need humor on something really specific, I simply type the keywords (ex.

There is no such thing as a dry topic

Speak Schmeak

The interaction of these two characters was just one example of the kind of humor and engagement that the book used. Escher, Peanuts ® cartoons, games (including a math game from a 1917 paperback), graphic design, a measure from a musical piece by Bach, the image of a batter's swing, stories, examples from history (tapestries, a silver vase, bridges, etc.) Then, in the presentation, use the more confusing or humorous responses as definitions of what cloud computing is NOT.