Steve Jobs, One of Today’s Great Presenters, Steps Down from the Main Stage

DeFinis Communications

He begins with a strong hook, states his purpose, and then lays out the agenda of his three to five main points. He develops the body of his presentation with a series of touch points, including analogies, metaphors, stories, data, statistics, and humor.

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On sharing your own personal story to make a difference

Presentation Zen

Here are two wonderful examples of telling your own personal story on stage. This may seem counter intuitive when you are telling your own story, when you are talking about your own life , but it''s actually not so hard. The particulars of the events are not the main point to takeway.

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From Information to Imagination: Delivering a Good Story

Kate's Voice

The value of products will depend on the story they tell. Nike and many other global companies are already mainly storytellers. “The highest-paid person in the first half of the next century will be the ‘storyteller.’ That is where the money is — even today.” Rolf Jensen, futurist and author of The Dream Society I [.]. intention Storytelling vocal delivery Expression public speaking tips

Stories, anecdotes, and diversions

The Presenter's Blog

Anecdotes, stories, and diversions bring a presentation to life. Rather like the main theme of a presentation it was easy to navigate. 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. When we tell a story, the audience sits forward. I made it back to that main thoroughfare, and resumed my walk.

How to craft a story

Pivotal Public Speaking

The value of products will depend on the story they tell. Nike and many other global companies are already mainly storytellers. Not all stories are created equal. A good story is indeed powerful, but what many people call stories are not complete. Many are just set ups for the real story. So what makes a good story good and also useful? • Get the whole story.

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 listening to a presentation, the main task is thinking.

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Analysis of a Speech by William Kamkwamba

Manner of Speaking

The main source of income is farming. The story of this enterprising young man soon started to garner attention around the world. With the assistance of TED curator Chris Anderson , he told his story. But William’s story did not end there.

The Moral of the Story

Speak and Deliver

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.

Presentation Tip #52 - Open with a Success Story

Executive Speech Coach

Open Your Presentation With a Success Story When you deliver a sales presentation, leadership speech or motivational talk - open with a success story. Success Grabs Attention To capture attention at the beginning of your presentation deliver a success story. Success is More Memorable Plant a success story in the minds of your listeners and they will tend to associate you with that story whenever they think about you. Write out the best stories.

What's your story?

Speak Schmeak

He tells a story about sitting at the bus stop with his mother and sister, when a car pulls up and the gang member inside points a gun out the window. Blue begins to cry as he tells the story, and his tears clearly move the students.

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'Seasoning' your presentation

Nick R Thomas - A Public Speaker's Blog

My Patrick Campbell talk always includes one story about an event that affected his family one Christmas but I wanted to add more. Main PageA further form of 'timing' for speakers Regular readers will know that I am always suggesting ways to make at least part of your presentation or speech seem unique - even if it is one that you frequently deliver.

Structuring a topical comedy monologue within a speech

Nick R Thomas - A Public Speaker's Blog

The story was a few weeks old by then but gags about smaller news stories have a longer shelf-life. And both the mention of animals and health led perfectly into to my closing gag which concerned a news story about NHS patients working with farm animals as a cure for depression. Main Page

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Nick R Thomas - A Public Speaker's Blog: The Great Catch-Up Part 1

Nick R Thomas - A Public Speaker's Blog

Less than a fortnight earlier, I had received a round of applause for a topical gag about him at the Highcliffe Ladies Luncheon Club but the story had carried on being featured heavily in the media since then and many people were probably tiring of it. Main PageSpeaking engagements December 2009 - March 2010 Sharp-eyed readers may just have noticed something missing from this blog of late: namely accounts of 16 months' worth of speaking engagements!

Pixar Studios Offers Free Storytelling Lessons Online

Presentation Zen

Pixar may be the best at the technical side of animation, but what really made them successful is their understanding of story and storytelling. The storytelling series will cover six main parts that take you from the formation of your rough idea to actually creating storyboards.

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All the local news that's fit to print: "Brown dog crossed Main Street @ 10:14 A.M"

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  Had I not lost my sense of journalism, I might have approached that story as an exploration of the pros and cons of breast reduction.   NEWSDAY has joined the media outlets which are investing heavily in hyperlocal.    It's added about 13 reporters to the Long Island desk.    Actually, though, that's small doings compared to AOL.

Nick R Thomas - A Public Speaker's Blog: The Great Catch-Up Part 2

Nick R Thomas - A Public Speaker's Blog

I had a copy of a local paper and even though there were no stories that inspired jokes in their own right, there was one concerning a 99p store which I was able to use a 'bridge' to lead me into some other observations so this ended up as a bit of 'local news tailoring' of my material after all. A front-page story will obviously be most familiar to them. Main Page

Nick R Thomas - A Public Speaker's Blog: The Great Catch-Up Part 8

Nick R Thomas - A Public Speaker's Blog

I had spent much of the day preparing for this engagement with a rolling TV news channel on in the background and the unavoidable story, one which had been building all week but which came to its conclusion that day, was whether Wayne Rooney would stay with Manchester United. Main Page

Advanced Stickynoting

Duarte Blog

We train people how to build effective presentations by writing their main points on sticky notes and then moving them around until they find a compelling flow for their message. We used sticky notes of different colors to differentiate the varying topics and sub-topics of the story.

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

PowerPoint Tips

Currently, the main tool he uses at work is Articulate Storyline. 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.

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Is your audience suffering an engagement drought?

Speak Schmeak

Tell stories that illustrate your points so that your audience can apply your concepts to real-life situations. Use humor - either self-deprecating humor to tell your own stories, or humorous stories and jokes that are relevant to your points.

Ten Tips on Using Body Language When Delivering a Speech

Manner of Speaking

When telling a story, moving about and gesturing can be effective. Many speakers like to “stage” their stories. They use one part of the stage to tell one part of the story and another part of the stage to tell another part. The main point of the story should be delivered front and centre. Today’s post features some valuable advice about your body language when delivering a speech or presentation. It comes from my friend, Douglas Kruger.

Keep your audience riveted by adding anticipation to storytelling

PowerPoint Tips

When you tell a story, you can keep your audience glued to their seats by starting the story, interrupting it, telling them you’ll finish it at the end and then going on to other material. Of course, the story needs to be relevant to your topic.

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Basic Speech Geometry

Manner of Speaking

Many people think of a speech as something that is linear: introduction; development of the main points; and conclusion. If it were, then there wouldn’t be much of a story.) You will reinforce the main theme of your talk.

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Power Presentations Tip 39: Tell Me a Story

Executive Speech Coach

Wednesday, May 05, 2010 Power Presentations Tip 39: Tell Me a Story Tell me a story. Perhaps children have pleaded with you to tell them a story. It’s not just children who want to hear stories. The entertainment industry thrives on telling stories. TV, movies and even sports are about telling stories. Because we crave stories and we reward our story tellers handsomely. Most of us would rather tell stories than give a speech.

Storytelling lessons from Bill Cosby

Presentation Zen

What makes Bill Cosby one of the most compelling entertains of our time is his ability to connect with people and deliver his messages naturally in the form of story. Cosby's main story began about five minutes in and is one anyone can relate to.

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PowerPoint Surgery: Tips to create presentation slides that make your message stick, not suck -- Guest post by Lee Jackson

Speak Schmeak

Once you have got to the the core of your talk, i.e. what''s the main message (what do I want them to take away?) Tell great stories, be yourself and let your slides be your backdrop not your auto-cue.

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Speeches from Film: The Pursuit of Happyness

Manner of Speaking

Based on a true story, the movie is about Chris Gardner , a man in financial difficulty who is trying to raise his son alone after his wife leaves him. It is very moving and Smith is terrific in the main role.

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Important stories I’m reading Now

TJ Walker Interactive

Allen was a regular fixture on the evening news, covering a wide range of stories for ABC affiliate WAAY. Pat McCrory (R)Closing the circle on a story we’ve been following closely, North Carolina Gov. POLITICO Top Stories. Mythbusters: Obamacare edition – David Nather – There are a lot of wild stories about Obamacare that make the debate sound like a fact-free zone.No, the IRS isn’t going to be posting your medical tests all over the Internet.

Presentation: Telling Stories

Executive Speech Coach

Telling Stories Tell stories. The best public speakers are storytellers Use stories and anecdotes to illustrate and reinforce the main points of your presentation. The best stories are personal. We listen to stories. The way to find personal stories that can be used in your presentations is to write them down. Rehearse your stories to edit them down into a short story that is easy to listen to.

Storytelling and Empathy take Center Stage at the Watermark Conference for Women

Duarte Blog

Here are three of the highlights that reflected those two ideas most; they contain valuable lessons for leaders and communicators who are students of story and empathy. Actress Viola Davis blew the room away in her main stage keynote on the topic of “owning your story.”

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Your presentation deserves the same respect as your website and brochures!

PowerPoint Tips

A story. My main points. Recently, I went to an Internet Marketing conference and met the owner of a company that sells high-end products for marketers.

Find a Presentation Designer Here

Speaking about Presenting

Finally, using PowerPoint’s support for semi-transparency allows the text and the image to be blended into a single story. 2) Is the story simple to understand? I focus on visual persuasion and information retention through story, design and appeal.

Speeches from the 2012 Republican and Democratic National Conventions

Manner of Speaking

The speeches were full of stories of personal triumph over adversity, rhetorical barbs directed at opponents, the occasional bending of the truth, and an overall trust-us-not-them flavour. The hoopla is over, the streamers and confetti have been swept up and the delegates have returned home.

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Pennsylvania Education Policy Roundup for September 18, 2013: Pew Poll: With education cuts Philly is eating its own young. "Gov. Corbett's main focus is to ensure that students in the district have access to the best education possible," said Timothy Eller, a spokesman for the state Education Department.

Speaking Of...

Corbett''s main focus is to ensure that students in the district have access to the best education possible," said Timothy Eller, a spokesman for the state Education Department. Everything else you could want to know about the state-of-play can be found in this great story by my colleague, Mark Walsh, of The School Law Blog.

Simon Morton speaks at the Outstanding Presentations Workshop

PowerPoint Tips

He talked about the importance of story flow and starting the process of developing your presentation on paper. One main point of his was that not all aspects of the presentation need to be in PowerPoint.

Getting Started with the BBP Story Template

Beyond Bullet Points

The BBP story template helps you organize and outline your thoughts for a presentation before working with PowerPoint. Act I sets up your story with key elements to identify the setting, main character and conflict. The easiest one: main character. You determine what the main character wants to be once its problem is solved before you figure out what the audience can do about it. So where does the audience want to be in this story?

The 'detective story' principle and puzzle-solution formats

Max Atkinson

But he also had a good understanding of the effectiveness of story-telling and leading audiences to the solution of a puzzle in presentations: 'There is a most important principle which I think of as the 'detective story' principle.

In Praise of Proverbs

DeFinis Communications

I spent this weekend at the Inn on the Harbor in the charming seacoast village of Stonington, Maine, where I have stayed many times before. In the guest book was the story of a first grade teacher who had 26 students in her class. Support evidence or “touch points” come in many forms: stories, analogies, facts, data, metaphors, quotations, definitions, questions, physical demonstrations, charts, graphs, humor…and yes, even proverbs.

Murder most foul: story-telling in conversation

Max Atkinson

When sorting through old videotapes, I sometimes stumble across something speaker-related that prompts a post that's relevant to the main themes of this blog. By far the most startling revelation came when he launched into a story about a neighbouring farmer who, according to him, had murdered his brother (in an incident we later discovered had been passed off as a shooting accident).

What's hiding in your presentation closet?

Speak Schmeak

I'll go through the presentation with her and find a great story, question or activity a few minutes into the presentation. We'll take that story, question or activity and bump it up to the very beginning of the presentation, and presto change-o!