Creative Presentation Skills
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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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Speaking as a Performing Art.

Speaking as a Performing Art. | Creative Presentation Skills | Scoop.it
Some tips here I've not seen before. Doug Lawrence has been a professional singer, music director, and speech coach. He says singing and speaking have much in common. The main goal is to engage your audience and make them listen to you, so everything a singer does, a speaker ought to do too.
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How to be a Dynamic, Confident and Engaging Public Speaker

How to be a Dynamic, Confident and Engaging Public Speaker | Creative Presentation Skills | Scoop.it
This free e-book really cuts to the chase, offering numerous tips in a straight-forward, succinct fashion. Matt Church has a talent for extracting key principles and expressing them simply. In other words, get it ... and you'll get it.
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Misdirection is for Magicians, Not Presenters: it's Okay to Glance at Your Slides.

Misdirection is for Magicians, Not Presenters: it's Okay to Glance at Your Slides. | Creative Presentation Skills | Scoop.it
According to this guy, taking a peek at your slides is a SMART thing to do. It's all about directing your audience's attention. When coaching clients myself, I urge them not to look for rigid rules (eg NEVER look at your slides, or NEVER use notes). If you rigidly stick to a formula when presenting, you may just end up looking robotic and unreal, and therefore not truly connect to your audience.
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How to make your strategy stick with a strategic story

How to make your strategy stick with a strategic story | Creative Presentation Skills | Scoop.it
If you need to present your organisation's strategy, here is some great advice from Anecdote's Shawn Callahan about wrapping it up in a story that people can recall and retell. Download the pdf version.
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The Eloquent Woman's checklist for "The perfect preparation".

The Eloquent Woman's checklist for "The perfect preparation". | Creative Presentation Skills | Scoop.it
Don't leave anything to chance when designing your presentation or preparing to deliver it. This downloadable checklist from 'The Eloquent Woman' is loaded with reminders and thought starters. Plus you're free to share it with friends and colleagues. While the website focuses on women, the checklist is also relevant to male speakers.
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Neil Ferree's comment, July 5, 2011 12:28 PM
Hey Graeme, nice Scoop.it pub! Perfect content for a friend of mine to reference and digest. This is exactly what she needs to get her preso skills up to snuff. Strong work!
Graeme & Jennifer Bowman's comment, July 5, 2011 8:10 PM
Thanks, Neil. Yes, I thought this would be useful for a lot of people.
Graeme & Jennifer Bowman's curator insight, April 15, 2014 2:03 AM

Adapt this list of reminders and thought starters for your own purposes. Much is relevant to men as well.

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Do You Want to Turn Your Presentation Skills into a Career?‬‏

Do You Want to Turn Your Presentation Skills into a Career?‬‏ | Creative Presentation Skills | Scoop.it
This is the YouTube Channel for the National Speakers Association of Australia. Plenty of tips here, not only about presentation skills, but also about becoming a professional speaker and marketing yourself.
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4 R's of Using Humor Effectively in a Business Presentation

4 R's of Using Humor Effectively in a Business Presentation | Creative Presentation Skills | Scoop.it
Some good tips in this short video. His advice about using humor is: Be Real, Be Respectful, Be Relevant, Be Revolutionary. Humor can lower your stress, help you comes across as more approachable and trustworthy, lower the audience's stress level, help you come across as more likeable and most importantly, help keep your audience awake and help you deliver your message in a more effective and memorable way to achieve real results.
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Sometimes a Stilted Performance is the Best Way to Present.

Look at this home-made online ad promoting a divorce lawyer. You could say it's so bad it's good. Note how he cuts to the chase and says it like it is, using language perfectly suited to someone who hates their spouse's guts. I am a great fan of using slang terms and street language when it fits the message and the audience. It sure makes you sit up and take notice.
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Great Tool for Keeping Your Audience Awake: Prezi - The Zooming Presentation Editor

Check out this website and see demos of presentations that are more interesting and effective because of Prezi's capacity to zoom in and out, directing attention from the big picture to the fine detail.
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What to do when you’re losing your audience.

What to do when you’re losing your audience. | Creative Presentation Skills | Scoop.it
Advice on this site is based on solid research. Of course, prevention is better than cure, so it's essential to design your presentation from the outset with sufficient variety and unpredictability so your audience doesn't a) fall asleep or b) run screaming for the Exit. (Also download the pdf: 'How to Present with Twitter and other backchannels'.)
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How to Become an Authentic Speaker.

How to Become an Authentic Speaker. | Creative Presentation Skills | Scoop.it
We’ve all heard speeches in which the speaker is apparently doing all the right things, yet something is wrong; they may seem calculated, insincere or not real. We probably couldn’t say exactly why the performance wasn’t compelling. The speaker just didn’t seem authentic. Here are a few tips to make sure that speaker is NOT YOU.
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Get Your Voice Heard Loud and Clear!

Get Your Voice Heard Loud and Clear! | Creative Presentation Skills | Scoop.it
Annemarie Cross interviews voice coach, Robert Williams, to extract valuable tips and strategies on how to calm your nerves, increase your confidence and get your voice heard.
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Stop Yourself Going to Pieces Before the Biggest Presentation of Your Life.

Stop Yourself Going to Pieces Before the Biggest Presentation of Your Life. | Creative Presentation Skills | Scoop.it
Tomorrow you're delivering a sales presentation to your company's biggest client. Your boss and the client company's CEO will be there. A lot's riding on a deal going through; what you say and how you say it will really count. This article from Harvard Business Review looks at Good Stress vs Bad Stress, and provides valuable tips.
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Five Great Examples of Inspirational Speeches (Video)

Study what's going on in these speeches from Steve Jobs, J.K. Rowling, Meryl Streep and others. Notice how they use stories from their own lives to give us a deeper understanding of who they really are and why they do what they do. And see how they take us on an emotional roller coaster; one minute we feel great empathy, the next we are laughing. These are clips of US commencement addresses, where noted luminaries share advice ranging from the humorous to the profound.
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Believe Me: The Art of Business Storytelling

Believe Me: The Art of Business Storytelling | Creative Presentation Skills | Scoop.it
As I tell my own coaching clients, a great presentation tells a great story. Savvy leaders are now embracing the art of storytelling to change a culture, build a brand, sell a product. Download this free pdf for a comprehensive introduction. Then craft your message around a solid story your audience can relate to.
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The Myth of The Sales Presentation

The Myth of The Sales Presentation | Creative Presentation Skills | Scoop.it
In this video, communications expert, Suzanne Bates, talks about the "myth of the sales presentation" - and how to improve presentations to accelerate sales. Her advice is more about the strategic approach that's needed, rather than about tips on being creative. Be that as it may, my challenge to you is this: when you are crafting your presentation so that it ticks all the boxes Suzanne outlines, how can you also use your creativity to engage your audience, explain concepts simply, and deliver a client-focussed message that gets heads nodding – and gets you remembered?
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Get Rid of the Jargon – Unless You Want Them to Laugh.

Get Rid of the Jargon – Unless You Want Them to Laugh. | Creative Presentation Skills | Scoop.it
Audiences need meaning, not mind-numbing jargon. Be honest, do words like 'empowerment' and 'paradigm' paint vivid pictures in your mind? Wherever possible, PAINT VIVID PICTURES. Here's another tip: people who don't know much often hide their ignorance behind jargon, because mastering the jargon is easier than mastering the topic. If you misuse jargon, you may come across as a pretentious pseudo-intellectual. In the clip on this page from my own website, you'll see me deliberately overusing jargon to get a laugh; interestingly, people often tell me afterwards it reminds them of someone they know. OMG! By the way, you can inject a laugh into your own presentation or MC spot by creating a segment that sends up the jargon familiar to your audience. Try it!
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How to Tell a Humorous Story: The Bricklayer's Lament

In an all-time classic, Gerard Hoffnung shows us how to structure and tell a humorous story. Note the way he gradually reveals information and uses long pauses; this allows the audience to anticipate what's going to happen and start laughing in advance. Note also that, at times, he says certain phrases quickly, in order to convey key information without interruption. Also, he does not 'stand on his laughs'; this means he patiently waits for the laughter to subside before continuing.
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How to Handle the Dreaded Presentation to the Board of Directors

How to Handle the Dreaded Presentation to the Board of Directors | Creative Presentation Skills | Scoop.it
The challenge here, when facing this toughest of audiences, is to be creatively concise and creatively relevant – without turning to jelly and sensing that your career is going down the gurgler. Award-winning author of 'Speak Like a CEO' and 'Motivate Like a CEO', Suzanne Bates discusses the successful approach to giving a presentation to your Board of Directors.
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Get Creative: How to Suck Great Ideas out of Your Head

Get Creative: How to Suck Great Ideas out of Your Head | Creative Presentation Skills | Scoop.it
On my Scoop.it site here, I hope you've already picked up stacks of tips on presenting in a creative, dynamic and memorable way. Now if you want to be super creative and original, not just in your presentations, but in other areas of life and business, then you'll need to boost your ability to think laterally. That's the aim of my sister Scoop.it site, 'How to Suck Great Ideas out of Your Head'. It's all about using creative thinking to build your business and grow your organisation. Just like this site, it will point you towards numerous free resources that focus on creativity and innovation, giving you immediate access to countless valuable tips. Better thinking leads to better ideas, better presentations and better business.
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Do Your Next Audience a Favour --> Free PowerPoint Tips, Templates & Tutorials

Do Your Next Audience a Favour --> Free PowerPoint Tips, Templates & Tutorials | Creative Presentation Skills | Scoop.it
This is what the good people at PresentationStudio say: 'We want to rid the world of bad PowerPoint.' So much so they are giving away free tips, templates and tutorials. Who knows, something you learn here could help save your job, your marriage or even your life. (Death by PowerPoint can mean the death of the presenter, you know.)
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See Colin James in action: master trainer and facilitator

See Colin James in action: master trainer and facilitator | Creative Presentation Skills | Scoop.it
I was trained myself in facilitation skills by Colin. Watch how he uses story, drawing, characterisation, movement, gesture, humour, drama and the power of his voice to convey a message.
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Powerful (PowerPoint) Presentations: Simply Stated

An effort to eliminate "death by PowerPoint." Good advice here for that guy in your organisation (not you of course) who uses PowerPoint as a crutch ... and a sedative. In my own work with coaching clients, we always look for creative ways to use PowerPoint (or Keynote for Mac users) and whiteboards and flip charts.
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What's Your Communication Style? Is it memorable? Is it unique?

What's Your Communication Style? Is it memorable? Is it unique? | Creative Presentation Skills | Scoop.it
My own blog, Seriously Quirky, has a certain style to it. As you'll see, there's a completely absurd and fictitious aspect, plus some sort of serious message if you look for it. Whether my approach works for you personally or not, at least it's a style ... my style. And that's what YOU need as well in your own communications, a certain style that people associate with YOU ... and something you can build your personal brand around. Glance at the blog from time to time – plus the writings and presentations of others who have varying styles – just to soak up the different ways people have of grabbing attention, introducing a message or explaining a concept. Above all, be memorable and original.
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Great presenters love polygamy - how to involve your audience.

A lot of presenters worry about involving their audience. They think it will derail them and make them ‘lose the plot’. So here’s how you can have a relationship with everyone in your audience and keep them all satisfied.
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