Is your audience suffering an engagement drought?

Speak Schmeak

For speakers, there are also many, many ways to achieve your goal of engaging an audience. Tell stories that illustrate your points so that your audience can apply your concepts to real-life situations. Authenticity Engaging the Audience Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies

How to Master Audience Engagement When You Present

Duarte Blog

Don’t panic, but if you want to engage your audience in a presentation, you have a little less than 9 seconds to make it happen. seconds—if you don’t get listeners engaged that quickly, there’s a good chance you’ll lose their focus to their phone, laptop, reading materials, daydreams, etc.

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How (and Why) to Tell Killer Sales Stories

Duarte Blog

There’s a scene in the British comedy Cemetery Junction that I love because I think it’s a perfect representation of the power of sales stories and storytelling in sales. This movie scene seems far-fetched, but it’s actually an accurate depiction of just how key sales stories are.

How to Engage Your Audience In Three Sentences or Less

Matt Eventoff

Lackluster openings bore audiences, but there is a way to begin your presentation that will make audiences take notice: skip the formalities and say something that immediately engages them. Imagine opening your presentation by immediately engaging your audience. The audience is seated.

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How to Master Audience Engagement When You Present

Duarte Blog

Don’t panic, but if you want to engage your audience in a presentation, you have a little less than 9 seconds to make it happen. seconds—if you don’t get listeners engaged that quickly, there’s a good chance you’ll lose their focus to their phone, laptop, reading materials, daydreams, etc. Over the years, Duarte’s studied thousands of effective presentations that have kept audiences engaged, engrossed, and even on the edge of their seats. This is the heart of story.

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Practical Audience Engagement Ideas For Public Speakers

Inter-Activ Presenting and Influencing

Do they lack audience engagement ideas ? Do you lack audience engagement ideas? Set a deliberate intention to engage your listeners. Engagement starts with your desire to engage. Understand the different levels of engagement.

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Story structure, simplicity, & hacking away at the unessential

Presentation Zen

This is one of the secrets to mastery in general, and hacking away is indeed what we must do to identify the essence of our message and to build strong stories. Story] needs.architectural structure, which is completely forgotten once you see the movie.

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Storyboarding & the art of finding your story

Presentation Zen

The storyboard process allows you to flesh out themes and look for patterns as you apply your creativity toward presenting your content in a structured yet engaging way. Storyboarding is a great way to begin to visualize the story of your content.

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Lessons in engagement from Flight of the Conchords

Presentation Zen

A story about a simple conversation People are attracted to story. Watch Jemaine and Bret below keep an audience engaged and following their words even when it's a story "about nothing" at all really.

The need for connection & engagement in education

Presentation Zen

As scientists and other specialists learn more about how our brains work, for example, many of the traditional instructional methods used for the past 100 years (or more) seem to be out of kilter with how human beings really pay attention, engage, and actually learn something.

No amount of technology will make a bad story good

Presentation Zen

When Toy Story opened in the US at the end of 1995, it was met with enthusiasm and great critical acclaim. And yet the thing that impressed me about the movie was that I soon forgot all about how the animation was created and just remembered being engaged by the story.

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Visuals are the emotional heart of your story

Speak Schmeak

There''s also very little originality in how most advertisers are telling and selling their stories. And by emotional impact, I mean that there are a variety of emotions triggered by the images, that help to "sell" her story.

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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. Jean-Paul Sartre said, "A man is always a teller of stories. surrounded by his own stories and those of other people.

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The Key to story structure in two words: Therefore & But

Presentation Zen

And there is no shortage of people giving story advice and tips. Much of the advice is helpful, but the enormous volume of information related to writing or telling better stories can be overwhelming. There are a ton of storytelling-related books and websites in the cosmos.

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Engage through Storytelling

Duarte Blog

Story has played a significant role in all cultures but its adoption into professional cultures has been painfully slow. That’s because it’s easier to present a report instead of a well-crafted presentation that incorporates stories.

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How to tell a story in 90 seconds

Speak Schmeak

In each speech (each one under 90 seconds), he tells a story with a clear theme and a beginning, a middle and an end -- and manages to thank people, too, by weaving them into his story. Engaging the Audience TV inspired Entertainers Academy Awards Golden Globes

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Storytelling in 30 seconds - can you do it?

Speak Schmeak

Engaging the Audience Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Stories TV inspired

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Death of a hamster: a well-told story

Speak Schmeak

If Graham (or a guest) deems the story to be unsatisfactory or told poorly, he pulls a lever and the storyteller is tipped out of the chair backwards. I'm always rooting for the storyteller to have a good enough story to be allowed to walk away.

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Good science makes for good story

Presentation Zen

"Good science is a good story," says the two-time Pulitzer Prize winning biologist Edward O. something, and when they discover something they want to tell a story, they want to.explain to others [the] why and where it came from, what.

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There's a fine line between honesty and inspiration

Speak Schmeak

I want my audiences to feel inspired and motivated, so that they''ll make efforts to add more speaking engagements to their calendar, get more experience and build more confidence and enjoyment with the tools I''ve given them. All of us love a good rags-to-riches or failure-to-success story.

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Nuggets of Storytelling Wisdom

Manner of Speaking

I recently came across a great TED Talk on storytelling by Andrew Stanton , a director and screenwriter at Pixar whose filmography includes the Toy Story series and Finding Nemo. The next time you are working a story into a speech or pres entation, have a look through those points.

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Stories, anecdotes, and diversions

The Presenter's Blog

Anecdotes, stories, and diversions bring a presentation to life. 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. All the senses engaged at once in a full memory locking experience. When we tell a story, the audience sits forward. In just the same way, a well placed story will be the most memorable part of your presentation.

Why both stories and a storyline are important for your presentations

PowerPoint Tips

A lot of people are talking about telling stories during a presentation. Stories are. Here’s a related post from Garr Reynolds, “We learn from stories and experiences.” Why do I remember that story, having forgotten thousands of other statements?

Speaking lessons from a social entrepreneur

Speak Schmeak

Do you fantasize about creating an experience for your audience that's engaging, intriguing, entertaining, inspiring, and also income-producing -- but you don't quite know yet how to make it happen? She told inspiring stories, funny stories, and shocking stories.

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Power Presentations Tip 47: How to be more engaging

Executive Speech Coach

Friday, February 18, 2011 Power Presentations Tip 47: How to be more engaging Have you ever seen people talking to or yelling at the TV? Because they are engaged. How can an inanimate object like a television engage, excite and enrage viewers? Imagine how effective your presentations would be when your audience is mentally and emotionally engaged. How can you make your presentation more engaging? If you want to engage people dont tell them that they are wrong.

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10 Ways to Engage Your Audience in Your Presentation

Executive Speech Coach

Engaging your Audience Listeners who are actively engaged in your presentation will remember more and are more likely to act on what you say. You might engage them intellectually, emotionally, visually, and/or physically. There are many subtle and overt ways that you can engage your audience. Relate to them on the most common denominator – tell a story about your family.

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Sharing stories from the heart.about mom

Presentation Zen

Near the end Durant shares a story from his childhood that is particularly touching. "Genuine, spontaneous, and authentic." His approach may not be for everyone, but his dry wit and authentic, down-to-earth style is engaging. This Sunday, it''s Mother''s Day, even here in Japan.

Why You Should Never Be Late for a Speaking Engagement

Manner of Speaking

The humorous story below is a slightly modified version of a joke forwarded to me by one of my contacts on LinkedIn, Daniel Bernstein. In fact, I had the honour of being the very first person to go to him for confession … The moral of the story: Never be late for a speaking engagement! Telling jokes — as opposed to humorous stories — always comes with the risk that they will bomb.

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Who says technical presentations can't be engaging?

Presentation Zen

Both seem to focus on telling a story that the audience will remember, rather than simply showing all their data.". People often ask if technical or science-related presentations can be as compelling as presentations covering other less technical topics.

Beyond storytelling: Create an experience

PowerPoint Tips

Zeetings is an easy-to-use software platform that boosts the return on investment of presentations and events by keeping audiences engaged, providing data­-driven insights to presenters, and helping people stay connected. It’s no wonder presenters use this technique to engage audiences.

Presentation Tip: How To Tell A Story

Professionally Speaking...

Everyone has heard the advice about incorporating stories into a presentation to make your message more " sticky " and easier to understand. But if you're not a natural story teller [and I count myself firmly in this camp].you you know, the person who always has an anecdote, a colorful example or a yarn to spin.then how exactly do you go about telling a story? Think back to some of the stories you heard as a child or perhaps read to your own child. A story has action.

Improve Your Storytelling Presentation Skills and Get Your Ideas Adopted

Duarte Blog

However, the presentation in An Inconvenient Truth captured the attention of the public because Gore did one thing masterfully: he wove in all of those heavy, scientific details about how humans are affecting the earth with emotional, arresting stories. Gripping Stories Have a Hero.

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Can you convey your message without words?

Speak Schmeak

But you are instantly drawn emotionally into the story (only someone with a heart of stone could look at that little girl's expression and not feel something). The whole thing plays out visually, an entire story, with a beginning, a middle and an end. This spot is only 30 seconds long.

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A real life story: When we ask cancer patients to become public speakers, too

The Eloquent Woman

Let''s share some of the wonderful support generated by Helen''s efforts as a speaker at the end of her story with those who are just beginning to tell theirs.

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How to be an Outstanding Communicator

Manner of Speaking

So, to be an outstanding communicator you have to begin by engaging people’s feelings. Concrete words aren’t just visual, they are multisensory – they engage all our senses. Instead, you put the disaster into a human context by making it concrete, and you do this by focusing on the story of a single family. Story and metaphor. On hearing a statistic like this neither their brains nor their emotions are engaged. Today’s post is from Martin Shovel.

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7 ways to keep audience attention during your presentation

Speaking about Presenting

I start by telling my story of how developing presentation skills has enriched my career. If you’re speaking on health and safety, tell them stories of people injured in your workplace and the consequences it had for them. When you tell a story, speed up, get chatty and move around.

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Stories and social media; At the roots of success

The Presenter's Blog

Because somebody told me a story. After the briefest of product descriptions, he leapt into telling me the story of the company he works for. It was a story of entrepreneurship. It was a story that hit just about every button.

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Invisibility works for superheroes -- not for speakers

Speak Schmeak

What your audience wants is to be engaged, to hear something original, to feel motivated and excited and inspired. Authenticity Confidence Engaging the Audience Taking Risks

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Improve Your Storytelling Presentation Skills and Get Your Ideas Adopted

Duarte Blog

However, the presentation in An Inconvenient Truth captured the attention of the public because Gore did one thing masterfully: he wove in all of those heavy, scientific details about how humans are affecting the earth with emotional, arresting stories. Gripping Stories Have a Hero.

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Relating to the audience, TEDxWomen-style

Speak Schmeak

Tan Le, technology entrepreneur , held back tears as she told the story of her family's dramatic emigration to Australia when she was a child. Besides the tears, there were many speakers who engaged me through humor, through intensity, through aha! My emotional engagement allowed me to take in and absorb more deeply the speakers' messages. I've never heard so many personal stories from a group of speakers. Why do we like stories so much?