Strong openings: shocking statistics

Speak Schmeak

Give a "shocking statistic" I find the shocking statistic to be the most difficult to pull off effectively, because it's hard to come up with statistics that can really move your audience. Both campaigns use a shocking statistic effectively.

Retirement & Relocation - First, Check Crime Statistics

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Then I dug up the crime statistics for that city for her. The financial services industry has the aging preoccupied with not outliving their money.

Robert McKee: Persuasion through storytelling trumps statistics

Presentation Zen

Data and storytelling Statistics and storytelling are not mutually exclusive. "As a method of persuasion, I am not a big fan of PowerPoint presentations," says the legendary screenwriting guru Robert McKee.

2012 111

“Statistically Speaking”

Joan Detz Speaker Services

If you write speeches pertaining to any aspect of math or science, you’ll want to know about this book: “Statistically Speaking&# : A Dictionary of Quotations (selected and arranged by C.C. I am often asked about my favorite websites and reference books. Gaither and A. Cavazos-Gaither, published by Institute of Physics Publishing). Chapters range from Actuary, Analyses, Average, Bayesian … to Testing, Theory, Truth and Variability.

2011 40

Public speaking & media training: Statistic of the month

Joan Detz Speaker Services

” (Susanna Raffalli, nutritional coordinator, speaking about the human devastation in Caritas Venezuela) Notice: + the impact of using the personal pronoun “you” to engage listeners in the statistic (“It’s not normal for you to […]. “It’s not normal for you to go to a community, weigh 100 children and have 30 of them close to dying.”

2017 47

Hans Rosling & the art of storytelling with statistics

Presentation Zen

Hans Rosling is the Zen Master of presenting statistics. Hans proves what we all know, even if our teachers from yesteryear did not: Statistics are not boring. Statistics tell a story. He's brilliant.

2009 86

Statistics don’t Need to be Sleep-Inducing in Your Presentation


American detective writer Rex Stout once quipped that there are two kinds of statistics: the kind you look up and the kind you make up. In the average presentation, as soon as statistics appear on a background slide, two out of three audience members automatically fall asleep.

2016 59

Do you use statistics in your speeches?

Joan Detz Speaker Services

More to the point: Do you use those statistics as effectively as possible? When I taught a speechwriting workshop a few weeks ago, I recommended this book to the participants: INNUMERACY: MATHEMATICAL ILLITERACY AND ITS CONSEQUENCES (written by John Allen Paulos). . This outstanding small book addresses two key questions: Why do we know so little about mathematics? And what is the social cost of our “innumeracy&# ? Highly recommended reading for speech writers at all levels

19 Powerful Presentation Stats to Transform Talks in 2019

Duarte Blog

Marketing Presentations Storytelling Strategy Tips datastory marketing presentation presentations slidedocs statistics storytelling Talks VisualStory

2019 82

Public Relations: Field growing at 21% (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The good things we have been feeling in the field of public relations have been confirmed by statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  

Public Speaking: Fake Facts And Statistics

Great Public Speaking

Deadpan expression, or keeping a straight face, is a good technique to couple with fake facts and statistics. Stating falsehoods as if they are absolutely true is another fun way to play with the audience during a public speaking engagement. However, you must make the statements obviously false by your words and your facial expressions. When you use this technique in this fashion, you don't want to leave any doubt in the audience's mind whether you are being funny or not.

2009 40

Two Thirds of Public Speaking Statistics are Made Up | Public Speaking Training

TJ Walker Interactive

Uncategorized public speaking

2013 52

Romney Falsely Claims Good Job Numbers Are Because People Have Stopped Looking For Work

TJ Walker Interactive

Uncategorized bls economics employment Mitt Romney obama Politics statistics Unemployment

2012 63

Analysis: 2012 State of the Union Address

Successful Speeches Blog

Events How to start a speech Live Presentations Opinion Political Speeches Presentation Skills Public Speaking Rhetorical Devices Scripting Your Speech Speech Writing Starting Your Speech StatisticsLast night, President Obama delivered what could be his last “State of the Union” address. As I stated in my last blog post, I’m not going to express my feelings about his policies or discuss politics. My goal is to analyze the elements within the speech.

2012 140

Fox Turns To Donald Trump To Peddle Unemployment Rate Trutherism via Media Matters

TJ Walker Interactive

Uncategorized "Donald Trump (TV Personality)" "Fox News Channel (TV Network)" economy obama statistics Unemployment

2012 60

Jon Stewart Interviews Nate Silver on the Daily Show (video)

TJ Walker Interactive

Uncategorized jon stewart nate silver polling statistics the daily show Video

2012 56

A Day in the Internet

Manner of Speaking

Drawing inspiration from such sources as Carl Sagan and the Long Island Initiative , I have tried to show examples of how statistics need to be put into context. As Chip and Dan Heath emphasize in Made to Stick : Statistics are rarely meaningful in and of themselves. Statistics will, and should, almost always be used to illustrate a relationship. These statistics and images would be very effective in a presentation about the Internet and how much time we spend on it.

7 and a Half Ways to Make Your Information Matter

Speak and Deliver

Pictures, not Numbers - numbers, statistics, and hard data in general don't work well when displayed or spoken, in terms of memorability. Create a leave-behind that has your statistics, your research, your sources, even your slides, to give to folks AFTER your presentation.

2015 76

How to prepare a televised speech, Part (2): script, statistics & teleprompter timing

Max Atkinson

Last week, I posted a couple of video clips to mark the 30th anniversary of the BBC comedy series Yes Minister/Yes Prime Minister ( HERE & HERE ). This is the second in the series of three on how Jim Hacker was coached to make a televised speech

40 Fatal Public Speaking Mistakes

Successful Speeches Blog

Tags: Presentation Skills Public Speaking Rhetorical Devices Scripting Your Speech Speech Writing Statistics Visual Aids Bad Habits How to start a speech PowerPoint Speeches

40 Fatal Public Speaking Mistakes

Successful Speeches Blog

Tags: Presentation Skills Public Speaking Rhetorical Devices Scripting Your Speech Speech Writing Statistics Visual Aids Bad Habits How to start a speech PowerPoint Speeches

What's Your Hook?

Speak and Deliver

This used to be a ''startling statistic'' - but frankly, that''s way overused, and shocking statements are catching up as well. First 30 seconds Get your audience''s attention How to start your speech Open with a joke Shocking Statements Speech Hook startling statistics Storytelling

2014 75

Starting Your Speech in the Middle

Speak and Deliver

There are several ways to get their attention - from asking an opening question to starting with a startling statistic to saying something controversial or shocking. Speech Openings Audience Attention Shocking Statements Statistics Audience Connection Dialogue Storytelling

2012 86

Want your data to go viral? Make it visual.

Duarte Blog

Strategy Video Brian Dennehy Long Island Index Rauch Foundation RSA statistics viral video visualizeHow do you turn an academic report into a viral video? The Rauch Foundation challenged Duarte to solve this puzzle as they re-launched the Long Island Index in January.

Viral 88

Cyberflirting etc

The Communication Blog

12.20.2010 Cyberflirting etc Here is a startling statistic from a survey by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and reported in The Week magazine (December 17, 2010, p. I checked the website ( and couldn’t find exactly that statistic but I did discover there a wealth of material on the role of cyber flirting and e-communication generally and their impact on interpersonal (mainly romantic) relationships.

2010 100

Are You Creating Followers?

Speak and Deliver

Beyond that, you can grow your network to thousands of people, many who may care what you say, others who just treat you as a statistic. Have you communicated with the audience, or just talked at them, throwing out one impersonal statistic, quote and cliche after another?

2012 71

A public speaking example

The Communication Blog

9.02.2009 A public speaking example In a recent ad to defeat the debt there’s an interesting example of using statistics (just numbers, actually) and making the numbers real for the audience, something we always tell our public speaking students. Categories: Public Speaking , statistics 3comments: Huzaifa Tabassum said.

Pennsylvania Education Policy Roundup for September 16, 2013: Since 1991-92 there has been no set formula for providing funds for PA schools. 65% of all funds now distributed in this school year are based on statistics from the 1989-90 school year.

Speaking Of...

65% of all funds now distributed in this school year are based on statistics from the 1989-90 school year. 65% of all funds now distributed in this school year are based on statistics from the 1989-90 school year.

2013 40

Writing a speech? Make Numbers Work for You

Pivotal Public Speaking

Tags: public speaking speech writing speeches statistics support material in speeches writing speeches

2010 48

SOCIAL MEDIA: KEY TO YOUR CAREER | Communication Steroids

Communication Steroids

1st prize winner in’s contest: Smoke, the Convenient Truth

PowerPoint Tips

The statistics will shock you! This presentation won first prize in’s World’s Best Presentation contest. Both the message and the graphics are outstanding. View more presentations from Empowered Presentations, Honolulu, HI. Contests & giveaways contest

Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 285) – Brent Kerrigan

Manner of Speaking

We may believe they have an infinite ability to remember our funding analysis and statistics, but they will remember one or two points, at best. “The cold truth is that audiences remember little about any speech. We must therefore present … Continue reading → Quotes for Public Speakers Brent Kerrigan public speaking Public Speaking Quotations quotes Speechwriting

2018 137

What Moves an Audience?

Speak and Deliver

You have statistics and famous quotes to back you up. skip to main | skip to sidebar What Moves an Audience? Posted by Rich Hopkins, Speaker, Author, Coach on Monday, September 21, 2009 Labels: Storytelling Youre passionate about the topic. You know what you want your audience to do.

How to Make a Presentation with Data that Moves People

Duarte Blog

And they often need statistical evidence to believe what you tell them. If you’re not analytical by nature but have to give a presentation to a particularly analytical audience, it’s important to toe the line between knowledgeable expert and impassioned storyteller.

2018 87

Beginning a Speech or Presentation – Four More Tips

Matt Eventoff

2) A Statistic - Not a boring statistic. A surprising statistic; a powerful statistic; a personalized statistic. . “You never get a second chance to make a good first impression&# – Will Rogers. This quote certainly holds true for speeches, presentations, group meetings and any other public speaking opportunity that exists. Your opening often determines just how much of your presentation the audience is going to “tune in&# for.

2011 175

Your stats are paralyzing your audience

Speak Schmeak

When you''re using statistics in a presentation, it''s really easy to get caught up in the numbers. There is no "ask" associated with this particular statistic, but perhaps knowing that my donation would help the zoo acquire a huge mountain of grain might inspire me to give money.

2014 246

Passion, courage, and speaking from the heart

Speak Schmeak

The only aspect of this speech I would question are the statistics; I always recommend validating statistics before you repeat them, as our credibility can easily sink when we repeat incorrect stats.

2010 191

How to Spot Data Lies

Presentation Guru

Here’s a simple guide to spotting them, but it comes with a warning: you will never look at any statistic without a little smidgen of cynicism again. Many charts don’t tell the truth (or, at least, are quite misleading).

2017 53


Sandra Schrift - Executive Speech Coach

Use statistics often to provide your audience with concrete facts. Stories and statistics are all around us – start collecting them now. I always advise my clients to start with the end in mind. What do you want the audience to do as a result of your presentation? Think differently? Act differently? Then create a speech that takes your audience there. For example: Make sure your business spends less than it makes so you can create a profit.

2012 148

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

PowerPoint Tips

Cite a startling statistic. ” Then he gives 3 very specific examples of the exact words you could use to start your presentation using a scenario, a startling statistic, or a story. (

2016 203

Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 54)

Manner of Speaking

“Oratory is dying; a calculating age has stabbed it to the heart with innumerable dagger-thrusts of statistics.&# – Keith Hancock. Sir William Keith Hancock (1898 - 1988) Australian Historian.

Communication is NOT 93% nonverbal

Speak Schmeak

I'm most disappointed when I hear other speaking and communications professionals repeat this statistic. When I find new resources to share in my fight against uninformed sharing of statistics, I bring them to you, so here's the latest one I've found: an interview with Albert Mehrabian himself.

I once had the best job in America!

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Sociological Images reports that, based on Bureau of Labor Statistics data rating the best jobs in America, an I.T. industry Systems Engineer (SE) comes out in first place! Click to enlarge) Who woulda thunk. I spent six years as an SE with Sun Microsystems from 1992 - 1998 working in Pleasanton, CA and Minneapolis, [.]. occupations