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Creative Presentation Skills
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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What it Takes

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IDEO.org is a nonprofit design and innovation organization focused on solving challenges in poverty and spreading human-centered design through the social sector.

 

 

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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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Public Speaking for CEOs: The Original Social Media

Public Speaking for CEOs: The Original Social Media | Creative Presentation Skills | Scoop.it
TEC – The Executive Connection is Australia's leading CEO and Senior Executive leadership organisation. Find out how you can become a better leader.
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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.'

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donhornsby's curator insight, July 3, 2013 8:30 AM

(From the article): You’re blogging. You’re tweeting. You’re linked in. You’re creating videos and articles and ezines.

 

 All of that is great but let’s not forget that social media is – first and foremost – social! It’s personal. And that person is YOU.

Ian Berry's curator insight, July 16, 5:52 PM

You are your message

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Presentation Skills: Ted Commandements for Great Talks

Presentation Skills: Ted Commandements for Great Talks | Creative Presentation Skills | Scoop.it
Sims Wyeth agrees with the 10 tips given to TED Conference speakers. Use them to get noticed!
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The organisers of TED Talks really know what works with their audiences. Here is their wisdom expressed as a few tips.

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Create a Presentation Your Audience Will Care About

Create a Presentation Your Audience Will Care About | Creative Presentation Skills | Scoop.it
Brainstorm like crazy -- and cut mercilessly.
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Structure Your Presentation Like a Story

Structure Your Presentation Like a Story | Creative Presentation Skills | Scoop.it
To win people over, create tension between the status quo and a better way.
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Jigsaw CCS's curator insight, April 10, 2013 10:30 AM

Some great advice to keep in mind when planning any presentation!

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101 Awesome Marketing Quotes

A great mix of quotes relevant to marketing in a general sense, and also social media marketing. Interesting way they've combined quotes with images.

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Clever ways to use the iPad during a Presentation

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.

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Presentation Lessons from Steve Jobs

Presentation Lessons from Steve Jobs | Creative Presentation Skills | Scoop.it

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.

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PresentationGym - improve your presentation skills, anytime, anywhere.

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.

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Words = 7% of Meaning? No Way! Busting the Mehrabian Myth

Can words really account for only 7 percent of the meaning of a spoken message? This short video animation puts 'Mehrabian's rule' under the magnifying glass...

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Interesting & insightful!
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In Presentations, Kill Your Darlings (Harvard Business Review)

In Presentations, Kill Your Darlings (Harvard Business Review) | Creative Presentation Skills | Scoop.it
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."
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'I Went to Hear the Songs. I also Learned how to Give a Presentation.'

'I Went to Hear the Songs. I also Learned how to Give a Presentation.' | Creative Presentation Skills | Scoop.it
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.
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Thought Leaders Now Being Replaced By Feeling Leaders

Thought Leaders Now Being Replaced By Feeling Leaders | Creative Presentation Skills | Scoop.it
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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6 Ways To Talk Like a Leader

6 Ways To Talk Like a Leader | Creative Presentation Skills | Scoop.it

Via Daniel Watson
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Good advice here on an aspect of communication leaders need to get right before they bother too much about being creative. The language of leadership needs to demonstrate clarity and decisiveness.

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Rim Riahi's curator insight, July 3, 2013 1:46 AM

#Leaders need clear messages, and this article gives some useful #tips on how to achieve that. It's focus is on the content and words leaders need to use. 

Helena Gonçalves's curator insight, July 4, 2013 4:14 AM

A linguagem que usa reflecte o seu estilo de liderança?

Miklos Szilagyi's curator insight, July 6, 2013 1:49 AM

Well, not an easy one... but very true...

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The Presenter Manifesto : 8 Distinctions of a World Class Presenter...

A compilation of proven distinctions on what makes a World-Class Presenter. Written by Eric Feng, Presentation Coach ( http://ericfeng.com ) and Designed by Sli

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Peter (PJ) Fulcher-Meredith's curator insight, June 21, 2013 2:26 AM

I really like the clarity and simplicity of the design and it really makes you want to read all 54 slides why because there is a narrative in there kicking it along.  Thanks to ericfeng.com  love your work

Ian Berry's curator insight, July 16, 5:54 PM

Spot on!

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The DifferenceMaker's Friend

Graeme Bowman is The DifferenceMaker's Friend. He serves people who believe they have an important message or story that could make a real difference to thei...
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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!

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Do Your Slides Pass the Glance Test?

Do Your Slides Pass the Glance Test? | Creative Presentation Skills | Scoop.it
An audience can't listen to your presentation and read detailed, text-heavy slides at the same time (not without missing key parts of your message, anyway).
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8 Presentation Techniques You Can Copy From Apple

8 Presentation Techniques You Can Copy From Apple | Creative Presentation Skills | Scoop.it
A great presentation needs to inform, entertain and inspire. Here are eight tips to make your next presentation great.
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The Introvert’s Guide to Speaking

The Introvert’s Guide to Speaking | Creative Presentation Skills | Scoop.it

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"

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Steve Jobs: Compilation Showcasing his Engaging Presentation Style

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.

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How to be an outstanding communicator

How to be an outstanding communicator | Creative Presentation Skills | Scoop.it

Before you worry about the 'creativity' or the 'presentation skills', make sure you're actually communicating. Good advice here about getting the basics right.

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28 Creative PowerPoint and Keynote Presentation Designs

28 Creative PowerPoint and Keynote Presentation Designs | Creative Presentation Skills | Scoop.it

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."

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Unusual, Creative Way of Crafting Your Elevator Pitch

Unusual, Creative Way of Crafting Your Elevator Pitch | Creative Presentation Skills | Scoop.it
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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The very best tips from the best in the business.

The very best tips from the best in the business. | Creative Presentation Skills | Scoop.it
This series of online magazines, from the fabulous Michelle Bowden, delve deep into the presentation secrets of top speakers.
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