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. If we become lost in an anecdote, we are so relieved to rejoin our main thread that we then become lost all over again. When we add something personal to a presentation, it is a gift from ourselves to the audience.

Speech anecdotes

Joan Detz Speaker Services

If you look at the last five paragraphs of this interview, you’ll find excellent anecdotes about Margaret Thatcher and Winston Churchill: [link]. Speechwriting

Anecdotes for Presentations

Great Public Speaking

This video tells you how using anecdotes can make you a winner or a loser on stage. AmazingPublicSpeaking.com You don't want to be a low level presenter do you? Over 450 public and professional speaking videos

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. from 10 airports in eight Muslim-majority countries on Tuesday." " - April Glaser, Recode, March 21, 2017. Here is the article.

Public Speaking - Anecdotes For Presentations

Great Public Speaking

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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. 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.

Coining an anecdote!

Nick R Thomas - A Public Speaker's Blog

"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.  James Tate has evolved into a global symbol of a miscarriage of justice. 

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. And, as you'll see from the first few minutes, someone must have advised Mr Brown that, if you must use PowerPoint, you can't beat genuinely visual slides like pictures: Tags: Reagan anecdotes standing ovation Brown

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.    A story has a structure that makes it memorable.    Let’s take an example:  I met a beautiful woman at a party the other day. 

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. Presentation Content Visuals anecdotes graphics presentation presentation skills presenters' blog presenting public speaking resources

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Great resource for business stories

PowerPoint Tips

At businessballs.com , you can find many short anecdotes that you can use for a variety of messages. Tags: Resource anecdotes stories Stories are a great way to make your point. Some will be familiar, others not, but you’ll probably be able to find something you can use. Check it out!

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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. Categories: friendship , gay and straight , interpersonal relationships 0comments: Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to: Post Comments (Atom) Loading.

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The 'detective story' principle and puzzle-solution formats

Max Atkinson

Tags: Puzzle-solution anecdotes

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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. Some content was dropped and new anecdotes and observations which I had been mentally rehearsing and refining for weeks were added, I started using a few props and an anecdote which had previously been left towards the end was now moved to somewhere near the start of the presentation. Review: Southbourne Literary Society meeting, Bournemouth, October 2012.

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Don’t Put the Joke On You

Can You Hear Me Up the Back?

Short, relevant anecdotes work well as an introduction, because you can tell them really easily without notes, so the flow helps you create a quicker connection with the audience. Tags: Presentations anecdotes comedians comic timing corporate audience drunken uncles jokes offensive jokes presentation humor punch lines There’s a strange speechmaking tradition that you should ‘warm them up’ with a joke. A funny thing happened to me on the way to the conference today….

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Should You Use Storytelling in Scientific Presentations?

Presentation Guru

“Stories are anecdotes and we expect medical technologies to be based on a bit more solid evidence than that.”

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Listening tips for speechwriters

Joan Detz Speaker Services

Remain silent as the speaker tells his anecdote or shares […]. When interviewing your client for a major speech, talk less and listen more. You’ll get better information – and the executive will get a better speech. Sit quietly. Watch body language. Listen to tone.

Better Listeners Get Better Speakers

Professionally Speaking...

If an audience smiles at the presenter when hearing a funny story or amusing anecdote, the presenter will work to incorporate more stories and anecdotes, making the presentation more engaging and memorable.

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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. You’ve engaged your audience from the beginning of your presentation. They nodded as you delivered your message.

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The Left Brain PowerPoint

Beyond Bullet Points

Start your presentation with a striking image or anecdote, to activate the right brain at the start and provide the context for the detail to come.

Picking the Perfect PowerPoint Template – Choose, Fill, Apply

SketchBubble

It is well-researched, thorough, structured and organized, interspersed with anecdotes and interesting titbits, and yet, it is just that – a lot of text. You are mentally prepared for that crucial presentation. You have your text ready.

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Freelance Comedy Writer

Pro Humorist

Recently, I began submitting jokes, they’re more anecdotal really, to another site. The first anecdote I submitted, cultural differences , was accepted. I am now developing myself into a freelance writer and stay at home humorist.

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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). This is a review of a blog post by Craig Hadden , who blogs about presenting at Remote Possibilities. Craig is an instructional designer living in Sydney, Australia.

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Nancy Duarte Resonate iBook

The Presenter's Blog

Anecdotes. Anecdotes from the author are an important part of business books. Nancy Duarte anecdotes are humorous, usually self-effacing, and always relevant. by Peter Watts. Great presenters transform audiences”, and Resonate on the Apple iPad transforms business books.

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The Live Audience in Online Public Speaking Courses: One More Try

The Communication Blog

If there is evidence, beyond the anecdotal, I’d much appreciate learning about it. After reading the varied posts, I’m convinced we (as an academic discipline) don’t have any evidence for the claims that a live audience is either effective or necessary in online public speaking courses. Although instructors noted how they handled this issue of a live audience, no one produced any evidence.

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Opportunity of Lifetime: Executive Branch Job Fair for "Competent Conservatives"

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

At organizational meetings they all showcased anecdotes about policy-related conversations with President Nixon. The churn in manpower at the Trump Administration White House provides a silver lining for "competent conservatives."

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Dentons - Will Lawsuit About Alledged Sexual Harassment Hurt the law firm's brand

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  In the book "Disrupted," about a startup, there is this anecdote: The boss tells the subordinate he can make a lot of mistakes.

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The Introvert’s Ultimate Guide to Speaking Up in Meetings

Speaking about Presenting

A reader contributed this anecdote: I have a former boss who almost always dominated meeting conversations. Speaking up in meetings is a useful thing to do both for your career and for your personal growth.

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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. You’ve engaged your audience from the beginning of your presentation. They nodded as you delivered your message.

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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.”.

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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.

Public Speaking: Churchill & FDR Staffs on Speechwriting

Speak to Lead

He has included on his blog two anecdotes, one from Winston Churchill's staff, one from Franklin D. Yesterday was, as I was reminded by Max Atkinson, the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. Roosevelt's staff, related to the preparation.

Rhetoric – The Pubic Speaking Game™

Manner of Speaking

Reflection – Players must share an insight or anecdote about public speaking with their fellow players. I am pleased and excited to announce Rhetoric – The Public Speaking Game™, the brainchild of my friend, Florian Mueck , and me. Florian and I have a passion for good public speaking.

Review: “Orange is the New Black” (the book, not the Netflix series)

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison by Piper Kerman My rating: 4 of 5 stars The TV series is more plot driven, has stronger events and consistent characters… the book is more episodic, anecdotal and observational… but you get a much better feel from the book what prison feels like — something [.].

Rhetoric – The Public Speaking Game™

Manner of Speaking

Reflection – Players must share an insight or anecdote about public speaking with their fellow players. I am pleased and excited to announce Rhetoric – The Public Speaking Game™, the brainchild of my friend, Florian Mueck , and me. Florian and I have a passion for good public speaking.

The Seven Types of Presentation to Avoid

Speaking about Presenting

The presentation is chocka full of stories, anecdotes, jokes, shocking statistics, and metaphors. Clothe your structure with your stories and anecdotes. Have you inflicted one of these types of presentation on your audience?

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The Seven Types of Presentation to Avoid

Speaking about Presenting

The presentation is chocka full of stories, anecdotes, jokes, shocking statistics, and metaphors. Clothe your structure with your stories and anecdotes. Have you inflicted one of these types of presentation on your audience?

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Lessons from the Podium

Manner of Speaking

I would have preferred the entire first chapter to focus on the relationship between public speaking and leadership, supported perhaps by opinions from psychologists or at least some anecdotes or insights about famous leaders and their public speaking experiences. Last year, Stephen D.

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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.