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Biz Storytelling Skills: How Do You Close A Presentation?

Biz Storytelling Skills: How Do You Close A Presentation? | Digital Brand Marketing | Scoop.it
Five ways to end a speech that don't bore the audience to death.

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, December 16, 2014 12:04 PM

Author Nick Morgan writing for Forbes Magazine offers us 5 ways to close a presentation.


Having tried them all out, I like them all and they all work. But from the storytelling world there is one that's left out: simply ending your story or storied presentation with your key message and/or a quote and leaving it at that.


We are most uncomfortable with that kind of ending and it takes practice to learn how to be in the silence after you've delivered such a powerful end (and every well crafted storied presentation should aim for this).


If you watch trained performance storytellers you'll see how it's done. Find your local storytelling group (www.storynet.org) and get hooked up.


There are 2 basic kinds of presentations:

  1. Those where you deliver a speech, like a keynote, and then are off the stage. Ending with your inspiring key message is a natural way to close.
  2. Then there are the types of presentations -- during meetings for example -- where discussion follows. This is where you want to deliver your key message and then use one of Morgan's techniques for engaging the audience afterwards.


In either case however, develop a strong ending that supports your well-crafted story. Deliver it. Stop. Let your message sink in. Then take your next step -- either off the stage or into a group discussion.


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

Krista Finstad-Milion's curator insight, December 17, 2014 3:51 AM

I personally am frustrated when a presentation ends with "Any questions?" which usually falls flat as it does not stimulate the audience to engage in a dialogue. These tips offer real alternatives.

Steve Piacente's curator insight, December 26, 2014 9:24 PM

It's not enough to open strong. You have to finish strong as well ...

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Give Awesome Presentations With These 5 Storytelling Tips

Give Awesome Presentations With These 5 Storytelling Tips | Digital Brand Marketing | Scoop.it
Get your audience's attention and keep them engaged with these tips on public speaking.

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, October 27, 2014 3:03 PM

Article Link: http://bit.ly/1wCLi0E 


Here is what I like about this article: the concrete examples of stuff most people say in a presentation that doesn't work, and then rewrites to show how to storify that statement, or share a story instead.


Delivering great presentations takes lots of practice and delivering occasional duds. Yet if you follow the advice here in this article, you can nail it every single time. (**Secret: the same tips apply to creating awesome blogs)


I really like the example of how to turn a statistic into a story. After incorporating these tips, I hope all your presentations are award-winning!


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

Miklos Szilagyi's curator insight, October 28, 2014 4:38 AM

OK, OK, one more about the presentations... it would be one plus more than needed if this presentation-business were not so difficult (allegedly it's one of the greatest fear to speak publicly - I can attest this...:-)))... So, it is a short one and a good one...:-))) 

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Answer These 3 Questions For Fab Success At Your Next Storied Presentation

Answer These 3 Questions For Fab Success At Your Next Storied Presentation | Digital Brand Marketing | Scoop.it
Delivering presentations is one of the best ways to build your brand and increase your network, yet public speaking is ranked ahead of death in the list of fears. To succeed at your next speech, focus on your audience and ask yourself these three critical questions.

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, August 25, 2014 11:02 AM

Every presentation you give -- no matter what time and to whom -- is all about being able to tell your story and succeed.


To help us all get better at presentations of any kind -- whether it's at a team meeting, with senior executives, project managers, investors, sales proposals and presentations -- here are 3 critical questions you need to answer to be able to tell your story well and sell.


While the article is geared toward public speaking, the advice here crosses all applications. Whenever you need to present your ideas, make sure you can answer these 3 questions first.


Follow the tips here and be awesome!


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

Art Jones's curator insight, August 26, 2014 12:11 PM

Remember, your presentation is not a showcase for how knowledgeable and great you are. Your presentation is your opportunity to share ideas with your audience that position them to be more & do more.

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Using Personal Stories + Adding Suspense to Biz Presentations

Using Personal Stories + Adding Suspense to Biz Presentations | Digital Brand Marketing | Scoop.it

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, December 13, 2013 7:56 PM

In this free podcast, story guru Annette Simmons interviews Jane Praeger who used to deliver media training to clients. During the interview Jane talks about her transition to storytelling and how she now works with stories with clients.


There's a great story shared, and a terrific clip to watch. Praeger talks about the use of suspense and suprise to keep people engaged with your story.


There's good stuff here! I hope you enjoy it and learn lots :) 


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

Gordon Diver's curator insight, December 14, 2013 3:46 PM

Nice look at making your content personal and interesting

Krista Finstad-Milion's curator insight, December 15, 2013 9:07 AM

The best stories come from paying close attention to the field which require listening and the capacity to capture moments of truth. This video seems to demonstrate these strengths in an authentic way.  

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Sad But True: PowerPoint Doesn't Suck. You Do. Tell stories!

Sad But True: PowerPoint Doesn't Suck. You Do. Tell stories! | Digital Brand Marketing | Scoop.it
How many times have you heard the phrase, "PowerPoint sucks!" or "slides kill presentations?" Here's something to think about as you head into the weekend: PowerPoint doesn't suck. You suck. Sorry. I don't mean "you" (the person reading this blog...

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I have seen some great PowerPoint decks, but making it into a great presentation always has to do with the presenter... and if they are a good or great storyteller.

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Karen Dietz's comment, July 24, 2013 1:21 PM
I agree Andrew. Tools are tools and it's all about how you use them that counts.
Karen Dietz's comment, July 24, 2013 1:23 PM
Good question Thomas! I think it is an ongoing dance between learning good storytelling and then learning the tools for maximum impact.
Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, August 2, 2013 7:44 AM

recentlyrue recently I had to get students to use Powerpoint as the Internet connection was too slow to have them all work at once on other online presentation tools. After laying down some ground rules about effective use they amazed us with their creative responses. It is not the tool. It is how you use it. And how teachers plan for it!

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Data Storytelling: A Fab Technique For Presentations

We often hear that a presentation needs a good story. But the tricky part is to get your story to be clear and concise. So how can you avoid beating around the…

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Djebar Hammouche's curator insight, November 19, 2014 2:15 AM
Data Storytelling: A Fab Technique For Presentations
Ivo Nový's curator insight, December 6, 2014 1:21 PM

Write down, in order, the 10 Most Important Things you want to tell your audience.

These 10 things become short headlines on each of your slides.

Keep it clear and concise. Like any other story it should have a beginning, middle, and an end.

Елена Гончарова's curator insight, December 7, 2014 3:48 AM

добавить ваше понимание ...

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For Storytelling, Which Is Better: A Flipchart or PowerPoint?

For Storytelling, Which Is Better: A Flipchart or PowerPoint? | Digital Brand Marketing | Scoop.it
A new study shows a difference in comprehension between PowerPoint and flip charts.

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, September 12, 2014 12:11 PM

Here's some new research that is out that may have a direct impact on your business storytelling.


According to the study conducted by Stanford Univ, comprehension and retention of material soars when a flipchart or whiteboard is used during a presentation and PowerPoint (PPT) is nowhere to be seen.


Makes sense to me. In my work I rarely use PPT anymore. In fact, if you conceive of all your presentations and facilitation as a story, you will hardly use PPT. Why? Because stories and storytelling is all about feeding images from your mind to the minds of your listeners. If you are a good storyteller, PPT becomes less important.


Yes, periodically I do need to share information via PPT -- like brain diagrams. Or a list of emotions. But when I can I like to reserve these for handouts, which I make interactive so people can make notes.


OK -- that's just me :) I think the real value of this article is that it shows us that in certain contexts with certain objectives, just using a flip chart or whiteboard makes your presentation much more effective.


Figure out how you can make this research to your advantage in your business/professional life.


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

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Everything a Savvy Presenter Needs to Know: 30+Tips and Tutorials

Everything a Savvy Presenter Needs to Know: 30+Tips and Tutorials | Digital Brand Marketing | Scoop.it
We've been compiling a list of top presentation resources that will help you become a master presenter. Check out the resources below nicely divided into categories of articles, infographics, Quora and videos. There's something for every presenter!

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Barbara Hartzler's curator insight, August 18, 2014 3:23 PM

For future reference. :)

Benjamin Labarthe-Piol's curator insight, August 19, 2014 12:22 AM

Good and exhaustive ressources, many things to look at.

delta14's curator insight, August 28, 2014 12:26 PM

Muy interesante conviene revisar, experimentar y compartir experiencias.

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To Persuade People, Tell Them a Story

To Persuade People, Tell Them a Story | Digital Brand Marketing | Scoop.it

"Paul Smith had 20 minutes to sell the CEO of Procter & Gamble, and his team of managers, on new market-research techniques for which Mr. Smith's department wanted funding. As associate director of P&G's PG -0.39% market research, Mr. Smith had spent three weeks assembling a concise pitch with more than 30 PowerPoint slides.

 

On the day of the meeting, CEO A.G. Lafley entered the room, greeted everybody and turned his back to the screen. He then stared intently at Mr. Smith throughout the entire presentation, not once turning to look at a slide.

 

"I felt like maybe I hadn't done a very good job because he wasn't looking at my slides like everyone else," says Mr. Smith, who also noticed that the other managers didn't seem very engaged. "It didn't occur to me until later that he did that because he was more interested in what I had to say than in what my slides looked like."


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Richard Baxter's curator insight, November 15, 2013 4:21 AM

Less is more........engaging!

Bad Spoon's curator insight, November 18, 2013 12:57 AM

Un excellent exemple de l'impact du storytelling dans les présentations business

Gavin Keeble's curator insight, November 25, 2013 6:47 PM

At best, your PPT slides can only SUPPORT your message. The more refined or rarified your audiences get, the more refined or rarified your slide deck needs to get. They're 'paying' for your professional advice/opinion, not your PPT ability.

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Presentations Infographic: Making Your Message Stick

Presentations Infographic: Making Your Message Stick | Digital Brand Marketing | Scoop.it
With over 350 Powerpoint presentations given each second across the globe, how does one go about making theirs stand out from all the others?

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Audrey's comment, August 15, 2013 4:20 PM
Thank you. I am using the format for my presentations
Audrey's comment, August 15, 2013 4:20 PM
Thank you. I am using the format for my presentations
Karen Dietz's comment, August 16, 2013 4:28 PM
How wonderful Audrey! I hope you do really well :)