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How to Give a Killer Presentation

How to Give a Killer Presentation | Business Presentations | Scoop.it

Humans are wired to listen to stories, and metahphors abound for the narrative structures that work best to engage people.. A successful talk is a litle miracle - people see the workd differently afterward.

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A comprehensive article with lots of great insight, supported by really good examples. The power of a strong narrative shines through. TED is a very good source of inspiration for presenters.

I particularly like reference to silence. A much under utilised tool in a great many business presentations.

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Richard Lock's curator insight, June 24, 2013 2:39 AM

A comprehensive article with lots of great insight, supported by really good examples. The power of a strong narrative shines through. TED is a very good source of inspiration for presenters.

I particularly like reference to silence. A much under utilised tool in a great many business presentations.

Jenifer Rettler's curator insight, June 26, 2013 10:56 AM

Giving a good presentation is highly coachable.  Use a TED model which frames your story to engage the audience and takes them on a journey to caring about your topic. 

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Great Presentation Made Easy

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Great Presentation Made Easy - Stop Nerves, Build Confidence.
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My first online course is now published and has received it's first 5* review. Learn great presentation skills any time, any place. It is like having access to your personal presentation coach just when you need it. It is great value too - lifetime access to all this for less than a few coffees.

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B????y Fantastic! This Course is a MUST For ANY presenter

Richard, I tip my virtual hat to you! This course has been absolutely fantastic. It's provided more helpful, hints, tips & strategies than I can poke a rather long stick at. For anyone that does presenting regardless of your experience - This course really does nail it! It's clear, concise and to the point. It's definitely one of those courses, the more you watch and re-watch the more value and benefit you'll gain. Well done!

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Presentation Journeys of Self Discovery

Presentation Journeys of Self Discovery | Business Presentations | Scoop.it
How different are presentation journeys of self discovery to personal development ones
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This weeks Apple launch event attracted my attention in ways that were not intended.

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5 sins that will send a conference audience to sleep - Business Matters

5 sins that will send a conference audience to sleep - Business Matters | Business Presentations | Scoop.it
We’ve all been there; politely sitting through a number of conference presentations mentally compiling shopping lists or daydreaming about the summer holidays instead of actually listening.
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No surprises here, yet the behaviour is still very common on conference platforms.

If you want avoid making the same mistakes use this link to get over 50% off my online course Great Presentation Made Easy.

https://www.udemy.com/the-engaging-presenter/?couponCode=SAP40813GA100

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Why Good Presentation Matters

Why Good Presentation Matters | Business Presentations | Scoop.it
Good presentation matters if you want to get your ideas heard and your key messages received and understood. What part does good presentation play in your success?
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People under estimate the importance of good presentation skills.

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How I beat stage fright

How I beat stage fright | Business Presentations | Scoop.it
Humanity's fine-tuned sense of fear served us well as a young species, giving us laser focus to avoid being eaten by competing beasts. But it's less wonderful when that same visceral, body-hijacking sense of fear kicks in in front of 20 folk-music fans at a Tuesday night open-mic. Palms sweat, hands shake, vision blurs, and the brain says RUN: it's stage fright. In this charming, tuneful little talk, Joe Kowan talks about how he conquered it.

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There are two types of presenters; those who are nervous, and liars. Mark Twain.

We all get nervous when speaking or performing in public. How you manage those nerves is what matters. Here is an interesting insight into one mans approach.

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David Hain's curator insight, July 14, 2:25 AM

Good advice on a challenge that most of us have to deal with at some point.

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11 Tips For Calming Your Nerves Before A Big Presentation

11 Tips For Calming Your Nerves Before A Big Presentation | Business Presentations | Scoop.it
Good public speaking is not about getting rid of the nerves. It’s about managing them so that you can effectively communicate with the audience. Here's how.
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Remember, most people would far rather be in the audience than the one giving the presentation. Here are so clear tips for managing your presentation nerves.

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Business Presentation

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Business Presentation: 10 presentation tips to help you keep your job

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Helping people with their business presentation skills is an area where I spend much of my time. Here are some of the key tips that will transform your next business presentation. 

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Speakers Engage Your Audience: Story + 6 More Ways

Speakers Engage Your Audience: Story + 6 More Ways | Business Presentations | Scoop.it
Speakers can go beyond the ordinary to enchant their audiences by involving them in innovative ways.

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, June 3, 2:01 PM

Here's what I like about this article by Nick Morgan -- it focuses on specific ways to engage the audience when you give a presentation.


Yeah! It's rare to find an article that mentions both storytelling (tip #1) and how to bring your audience into your talk.


All the advice shared here is right on. Go ahead and play with these and notice the difference they make!


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it 

malek's curator insight, June 3, 2:42 PM

#1 Tell a story: Injecting drama into your presentation..what a challenge

Chuck Devers's curator insight, June 5, 8:38 AM

Engaging stories are one of many different ways to pique student interest and also engage families of the students to help bring support.  

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Why Your Brain Loves Visual Content - infographic

Why Your Brain Loves Visual Content - infographic | Business Presentations | Scoop.it
Humans are biologically wired to process the world visually, which is why making content more visual increases its impact and efficacy.
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Presenters, especially PowerPoint users take note.

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Presentation ideas: Should you use a laser pointer?

Presentation ideas: Should you use a laser pointer? | Business Presentations | Scoop.it
Is the laser pointer really a good presentation idea?
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Laser pointers are one of my pet hates, so hopefully this blog article will not come across as a rant. On the other hand ..................

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Kevin Spacey: Storytelling In The Age Of Disruption

Kevin Spacey: Storytelling In The Age Of Disruption | Business Presentations | Scoop.it
It’s hard to know what to expect when a renowned actor makes an appearance as a keynote speaker at a technology conference. When Kevin Spacey was about to make his entrance onto the stage at this
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A great example of the power of story telling to engage an audience and influence thinking - and the good news is; you don't need to be a highly trained actor to deliver your key businesses messages in a story style.

www.speakingandpresenting.com

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The 10 Worst Body Language Presentation Mistakes

The 10 Worst Body Language Presentation Mistakes | Business Presentations | Scoop.it
Check out in this article a great Infographic with The 10 Worst Body Language Presentation Mistakes and improve your performance as a presenter.
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A reminder of the basic non-verbal traps we can all fall into from time to time. For me, the key one is missing: making sure that your words and your non verbal signals are aligned. If your messages are mixed, it is the non-verbal-communication that your audience will go with. See http://www.speakingandpresenting.com/non-verbal-communication.html

 

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Why I Don't Read Your Corporate Blog (And How You Can Fix That)

Why I Don't Read Your Corporate Blog (And How You Can Fix That) | Business Presentations | Scoop.it
Dear Corporate Blogger, I'm going to go out on a limb here and say just about every corporate blog, including yours, sucks. Let me tell you a story that proves it and explains why.The Blogs You
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Change the heading to 'why I don't listen to your presentation' and the 3 principles apply nicely. Most business presentations would much shorter and more effective.

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5 Strategies to Hook an Audience in 18 Minutes or Less

5 Strategies to Hook an Audience in 18 Minutes or Less | Business Presentations | Scoop.it
Attention spans are shorter than ever these days. Follow these 5 tips for creating speeches that will keep your audience focused on you.
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Some interesting ideas here, some of which are new to me. Anything that encourages shorter presentations is fine by me. The article does seem to presuppose the use of slides. Never forget there is a no slide option. Now that's a daring idea. 

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The Bid Coach's curator insight, September 19, 9:35 AM

We need to hook people within the first minute or so, or risk loosing them forever. Some useful tips here.

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A Speech Is Not an Essay

A Speech Is Not an Essay | Business Presentations | Scoop.it
Put the paper down.
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Reading to an audience is a performance art of itself - and very challenging, even with really good material. Generally reading your presentation is the quickest way to disengage your audience. 

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5 Tips for Off-the-Cuff Speaking

5 Tips for Off-the-Cuff Speaking | Business Presentations | Scoop.it
How to say a few words.
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Investing time in preparation is always the best strategy, yet not always possible. If you do find you suddenly have to speak 'on the spot' here are some useful tips.

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20 Public Speaking Tips of the Best TED Talks | Inc.com

Concrete ways to be a better speaker... and some great TED Talks, too! Slideshow Options Loop Through: Don't loop
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Strong ideas and tips using great example speakers from TED. Well worth a more detailed look.

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The Science Behind Storytelling Infographic

The Science Behind Storytelling Infographic | Business Presentations | Scoop.it
Brands use social for storytelling 88 percent of the time.

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, July 8, 12:18 PM

Here's some eye-candy for us biz storytellers -- a handy infographic capturing salient content about why storytelling works and application for business.


Keep this around for presentations, blog posts, etc. As a piece of storytelling shorthand, it could be useful.


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Tania Tytherleigh's curator insight, July 19, 8:37 PM

Storytelling is also a powerful leadership tool we can use to really connect with our staff. 

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Best. Presentation. Ever.

Best. Presentation. Ever. | Business Presentations | Scoop.it
In the mid-1990s, when I was attending business school, Body Shop Founder Anita Roddick visited our campus to deliver a presentation about entrepreneurship. I confess I can’t remember the content of
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Further confirmation, if any is needed, that less remains more in presentation.

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Presentation Zen: 10 Storytelling tips from Billy Wilder

Presentation Zen: 10 Storytelling tips from Billy Wilder | Business Presentations | Scoop.it

Billy Wilder (1906–2002) was the first person to win an Academy Award as producer, director and screenwriter for the same film. The film The Apartment (1960) stared Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, and Fred MacMurray and is certainly in my top-10...


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I especially like the first nine commandments for business presentations.

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How to Present Your Idea to Top Management

How to Present Your Idea to Top Management | Business Presentations | Scoop.it
I saw a lot of innovative people present ideas in a very original way:

playing a movie,


doing a dance,


making a painting,


writing one huge post-it,


making a newspaper, and
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Innovative ideas are good, but if they are perceived as a gimmick by your audience you are doomed. I have also seen drama and other ideas that effectively made the audience uncomfortable, which wasn't the intention.

 

Clear simple messages work well and don't have to be boring. I like the structure Gijs has suggested here.

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Storytelling First Please! Decisions Don't Start with Data

Storytelling First Please! Decisions Don't Start with Data | Business Presentations | Scoop.it
Access the unconscious mind, where choices are really made.

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It is difficult to over emphasize just how influential it is to build your key data points into a story. It also helps to make the data visually clear to understand.

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, May 19, 3:50 PM

I've got a webinar coming up with a group of researchers and I'm going to use parts of this article and the research it sites when I'm with them.


It's a short but terrific piece laying out WHY data is not the core for decision-making, but stories are. There is definitely a role for data, but only as a supporting character in your story. Data is not the hero.


Data wrapped in stories are far better than data alone as research has shown us for years. If you are still operating under the notion that data convinces, then get with the story program for better results. 


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Public Speaking in an Era of Distraction | shouting loudly

Nothing terrifying: the audience will be large, the comments will be brief, I’m far from the main attraction.


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I still have faith in the power of story, yet it is interesting to note the continued impact technology is having on so many aspects of our lives. I agree a strong start is essential. Whether that needs to be deliberately provocative or merely unexpected is another issue. The temptation to create shock based soundbites is strong, but at what risk? In my view the danger is we lose our authenticity and that is what really engages people in our story. While people are tweeting that carefully crafted soundbite they are probably disengaging from you. Perhaps the best metric of audience engagement would be zero tweets during the presentation, but trending immediately afterwards.

What do you think?

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 16, 10:27 AM

One thing I am observing is that we do not pay a lot of attention to substance. A person I worked with tells other people's stories as if they are his and no one seems the wiser. It is a challenge in the digital age.

Maureen Russell Harper's curator insight, May 20, 9:06 AM

Another example of how we have to compete for audience attention. When writing a speech these days, I do consider how certain phrases might be tweet-worthy. Is that good thinking for integrated communications? Or I am I aiding and abetting distraction?  I'm not quite sure. 

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How to cure stage fright: The science behind public speaking.

How to cure stage fright: The science behind public speaking. | Business Presentations | Scoop.it

Palms sweaty. Heart racing. You know the feeling. Whether it’s five people or fifty, public speaking is a gut-wrenching experience for most of us.


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Excellent article with really useful tips and strategies for dealing with your nerves when public speaking.

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Hilarious SWA Flight attendant- In Mid Life Crisis MUST meet Ellen and Jimmy Fallon!! - YouTube

Hilarious SWA flight attendant....wants to meet Ellen & Jimmy Fallon!!
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Maybe some of the key messages were lost - after all entertainment is rarely the key purpose of a presentation. However, the passengers certainly engaged with this unexpected safety presentation much more than usual, and thankfully there was no need to put key message retention to the test.

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