How to craft and deliver a creative, engaging presentation. The word 'presentation' is used here to refer to any situation in which you have to convey a message about yourself, your ideas, business or organisation. Everything from an elevator pitch or some doodling on a whiteboard to an online video or keynote speech. My interest in this topic relates to my work in Australia as a Corporate Comedian, Hoax Speaker, Master of Ceremonies, Speech Writer and Presentation Design and Delivery Coach: http://bit.ly/qoSo
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This is the type of simple online video that more businesses, entrepreneurs, consultants and non-profits should be using for marketing, education and communication purposes. It's the type of communication I like to produce for my own clients.
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This excerpt from this article says it all: 'The ultimate test of a thought-leader is the answer to one simple question: When you open your mouth, do people listen? Online, offline, in person, via email, via Skype, on Slideshare, on YouTube. The media doesn’t matter. The messenger (aka YOU) matters a whole lot more.'
iPad storyteller Joe Sabia introduces us to Lothar Meggendorfer, who created a bold technology for storytelling: the pop-up book. Sabia shows how new technology has always helped us tell our own stories, from the walls of caves to his own onstage iPad. Joe's passion is investigating new ways to tell stories -- meshing viral video and new display technologies with old-fashioned narrative.
When Steve Jobs passed away, not only did we lose a visionary, but we lost a world class speaker as well. In fact, all of us who speak in front of others can learn a lot from the man who turned business keynote speeches into an art form.
I haven't seen anything like this before. Presentationgym is a totally online system where you can record, upload, develop and practise your presentation, while also getting feedback from a coach. Lots of coaches to choose from.
In this Harvard Business Review article, Jerry Weissman, a leading corporate presentations coach, argues the case for 'Less is More' when crafting your presentation. "Eliminate excess baggage. Be merciless. Retain only what your audience needs to know. Once you have made that first cut, make another pass, and then another. Each time you do, you will see your draft with fresh eyes and find another candidate for your scalpel."
I confess. I'm not familiar with the music of Garth Brooks. It doesn't matter. The guy writing this article, top Communications Coach, Carmine Gallo, went to one of his concerts and looked beneath the surface. He discovered that the fundamental principles of giving an engaging musical performance also apply to the design and delivery of a great speech or business presentation. As I tell my own coaching clients, whenever you hear anyone present or perform, take that opportunity to analyse what's really happening beneath the surface regarding structure, variety, pacing and so on. Then work out how to apply those lessons to your own presentations.
One of the first points I make to new coaching clients is this: connect not just with the head, but also with the heart. All presenters must have an emotional effect on their audience, not just an intellectual effect. Many leaders in the corporate world think that communication is mainly about conveying information in a logical manner, with a bit of 'sports coach' motivation thrown in. This article points us down a different path.
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Here's me trying to explain my 'DifferenceMaker's Friend' service in a creative way. Because the service is abstract (helping people develop their identity and ideas) I wanted to bring it life in a visual way. Hence the use of little drawers as a metaphor for the mind, and Lego pieces as a metaphor for the message.
Always look for ways to make the strange familiar, the intangible tangible, and the abstract concrete. Now, go and dig out your old Lego!
Great tips from Mack Collier: "The first social media event I ever spoke at was SXSW in 2008. Think about that for a moment; Here I am, an introvert that hasn’t spoken in a public setting for 5 years previously, and I am making my social media speaking debut at the Super Bowl of ‘social media’ conferences. I was scared to death, and the funny thing is, if this had been a smaller event, I probably wouldn’t have gone through with it. But since it was SXSW it was ‘too big’ to ignore. I knew that being able to say I spoke at SXSW was too important to not have on my ‘speaking’ resume.
"So I bit the bullet, and did it anyway. Now 2 years later, I have gone from being an introvert that’s scared to death of speaking publicly, to an introvert that actually LOVES it. For any introverts out there that want to start speaking, here’s what I learned to make me more comfortable with the process"
Steve Jobs was regarded as a marvellous presenter, through traits such as: connect to the audience … be your authentic self … tell stories rather than facts … reveal your personal life struggles. See what you can learn from these examples.
The stunning designs you'll find via this blog post are proof that it's not PowerPoint or Keynote that are to blame for mediocre presentations, but the way they are used. To quote the author: "There’s a certain art to putting together a solid presentation and PowerPoint and Keynote are the primary tools of the trade. The “art” comes into play when you’re trying to set yourself apart; so how you use the tools is of great importance. Often it is the design of the presentation itself that does the trick. In an effort to help you put together a great-looking presentation, here are 28 examples of creative presentation designs using Powerpoint and Keynote."
On my blog 'Seriously Quirky', and buried in the post called, 'The Shed, The Elevator and Rembrandt', are some novel suggestions for making your Elevator Pitch more memorable and engaging. It's all about letting your mind go in some pretty weird directions, in order to unearth humorous or creative ways of telling people what you do, so that they want to hear more from you rather than less. Because an Elevator Pitch is so brief, and may need to be adapted on the spot, depending on who you're talking to and how they're reacting, it can actually be one of the most challenging presentations to design and deliver.
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