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7 Presentation Breakthroughs You Can Use Today Following Story Principles

7 Presentation Breakthroughs You Can Use Today Following Story Principles | Intelligent Communications | Scoop.it

"Let’s cut to the chase…As a presenter, you suck! Which is astonishing, because you’ve done the not-so-cheap 2-day confident presentation training course..."


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Dr. Karen Dietz's curator insight, July 9, 8:00 PM

Here are 7 steps to take if you really want to up your presentation game. All reflect story principles like:

 

  1. Start off like a great book in the middle of the action
  2. Plan it out in visual blocks (this is how you tell a story)
  3. Don't use slide/PPT (yes, you don't need them -- really really -- especially if you are telling a story)
  4. OK, if you have to use slides, DON'T use bullet points -- use visuals instead, just like stories do
  5. Practice standing up. My upgrade: practice while walking to get the whole body involved and embed the story physically
  6. Record & review -- but for me, only with a live audience. Forget recording your presentation alone. It doesn't work! You need real-time feedback about what's working and what's not.
  7. Treat your audience as friends. Go conversational.

 

Read this article for the rationale behind each point, and for solid examples. The points made back up my 18+ years experience in presentations and business storytelling.

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How To Start Your Storied Presentation: 8 Killer Speech Openers

How To Start Your Storied Presentation: 8 Killer Speech Openers | Intelligent Communications | Scoop.it
"Good afternoon. Thank you for coming to my presentation. Today I would like to talk about ..... " How boring is the above speech opener? ...And how would you feel if you were sitting in the audience? The only thing that could make this speech more boring, more dis-engaging, would be to couple it with some text-heavy

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Dr. Karen Dietz's curator insight, May 22, 2:42 PM

Opening and closing a story or a storied presentation is hard. It takes work and preparation. Avoid the standard buzz-kill openings. Use these instead! They are great and will create an impact from the very beginning. You capture audience's attention immediately and your memorability skyrockets.

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How To Start Your Storied Presentation: 8 Killer Speech Openers

How To Start Your Storied Presentation: 8 Killer Speech Openers | Intelligent Communications | Scoop.it
"Good afternoon. Thank you for coming to my presentation. Today I would like to talk about ..... " How boring is the above speech opener? ...And how would you feel if you were sitting in the audience? The only thing that could make this speech more boring, more dis-engaging, would be to couple it with some text-heavy

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Dr. Karen Dietz's curator insight, May 22, 2:42 PM

Opening and closing a story or a storied presentation is hard. It takes work and preparation. Avoid the standard buzz-kill openings. Use these instead! They are great and will create an impact from the very beginning. You capture audience's attention immediately and your memorability skyrockets.

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I trained 4 TEDx speakers – here are 5 things I learned

I trained 4 TEDx speakers – here are 5 things I learned | Intelligent Communications | Scoop.it
So, TEDx Kreuzberg happened, and I couldn’t possibly be more proud of the four speakers that stepped on that stage and gave it their best. I couldn’t be more
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21 Beautiful Examples of Visual Storytelling on Instagram

21 Beautiful Examples of Visual Storytelling on Instagram | Intelligent Communications | Scoop.it
The best and the brightest brands on Instagram know how to leverage visual storytelling. Here's a list of their most inspiring examples of images, videos and
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Love Pixar's 22 Rules of Storytelling? Download a Free eBook That Analyzes Each One

Love Pixar's 22 Rules of Storytelling? Download a Free eBook That Analyzes Each One | Intelligent Communications | Scoop.it
When Pixar storyboard artist Emma Coats tweeted out 22 storytelling tips, something interesting happened. It was as if the curtain was lifted to reveal the heart of a mysterious, magical, and inspiring player in filmmaking, and many screenwriters (I was one of them), treated this small collection of advice as a lost book of the storytelling bible. Stephan Vladimir Bugaj, who has spent 12 years writing and developing stories at Pixar, has now shared his eBook in which he expounds on each tip. Continue on for the link to the free download.
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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, April 1, 2017 11:37 AM
Fresh storytelling inspiration from a trusted source.
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Successfully Delivering Your Story: The Ultimate Startup Investor Pitch Deck

Successfully Delivering Your Story: The Ultimate Startup Investor Pitch Deck | Intelligent Communications | Scoop.it
After 14+ years of writing hundreds of investor pitches that raised hundreds of millions of dollars — here’s the winning formula! When you see about 50 pitch decks a week over 14 years, you see A LOT…

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Dr. Karen Dietz's curator insight, April 4, 2017 1:30 PM

What a great pitch deck that follows the structure of a story!

 

We've known for quite awhile that when pitching your company to funders, you've got to tell your story -- of the problem, solution, your biz plan, benefits, etc.

 

But how do you put it all together using narrative structure? Well, here's your easy to follow guide. After reviewing dozens of these over the years, this one will definitely work for you and bring in those bucks (as long as your product, solution, benefits are spot on).

 

Happy fundraising...

 

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

Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, April 4, 2017 3:35 PM

Excellent article on how to weave your 'story' in your pitch deck and all elements of your presentation.

Dennis Swender's curator insight, May 20, 2017 6:25 AM
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The Best Articles On Why Biz Storytelling Works

The Best Articles On Why Biz Storytelling Works | Intelligent Communications | Scoop.it
When you meet someone for the first time or reconnect with an old friend or go to a dinner party what takes place? Think of any situation where you are interacting with others. We share an anecdote…

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Everett Bowes's curator insight, March 9, 2017 8:16 AM

Here is a fab post that list 7 little known -- but very powerful -- articles on why business storytelling works. Each post has its own unique perspective from different fields. Taken together it's a treasure trove.

 

Enjoy digging into these posts and keeping them handy. I know I learned a few things while reading them.

 

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

Charlie Dare's curator insight, March 28, 2017 6:55 AM
Could it help artists sell anything ?Here is a fab post that list 7 little known -- but very powerful -- articles on why business storytelling works. Each post has its own unique perspective from different fields. Taken together it's a treasure trove. Enjoy digging into these posts and keeping them handy. I know I learned a few things while reading them.
Art Jones's curator insight, March 28, 2017 8:59 PM

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"Storytelling helps us make sense of our lives and the world around us. They are an incredibly effective method of finding and sharing meaning and context. Mary Catherine Bateson, writer and cultural anthropologist, believes that, “The human species thinks in metaphors and learns through stories.” We are hardwired for stories because we have been telling them for centuries."

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How Storytelling Impacts Your Influence

How Storytelling Impacts Your Influence | Intelligent Communications | Scoop.it
The impact of storytelling on influence in presentations.
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Fab Storytelling + How to Master Public Speaking

Fab Storytelling + How to Master Public Speaking | Intelligent Communications | Scoop.it
An analysis of the public speaking techniques used by some of the world's best speakers, from Barack Obama to Stephen Colbert.

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Dr. Karen Dietz's curator insight, October 11, 2016 12:25 PM

I love this post! We can all learn from great public speakers and I appreciate the lessons articulated here. This is an article rich in content and ideas.

 

Dig into the videos of these 6 folks to understand why they are so effective. Then pick and choose what you want to add to your personal presentation style. I bet you'll be glad you did.

 

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

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7 Ancient Archetypes Your Brand Storytelling Should Use

7 Ancient Archetypes Your Brand Storytelling Should Use | Intelligent Communications | Scoop.it
The way we tell stories has changed — from oral traditions, pictographs, and dance, to the modern printing press, film, and television, and beyond — but the fundamentals of a good story persist. Th...

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The Key to story structure in two words: Therefore & But

The Key to story structure in two words: Therefore & But | Intelligent Communications | Scoop.it
There are a ton of storytelling-related books and websites in the cosmos. And there is no shortage of people giving story advice and tips. Much of the advice is helpful, but the enormous volume of information related to writing or...

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Good tips on building stories

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Neil Gains's curator insight, May 23, 2015 8:34 PM

Good tips on building stories

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Storytelling, Neuroscience, And The Future

Storytelling, Neuroscience, And The Future | Intelligent Communications | Scoop.it
Our collective story is what makes sense of what we perceive.

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There is a lot out there on the neuroscience of storytelling. Here's another terrific article that share more about the topic. What I particularly like is the author's discussion of the future of storytelling based on our current addiction to screen time, and some of the opportunities virtual reality storytelling bring.

 

It's an interesting read. What do you think of the narrative future proposed?

 

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

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Dr. Karen Dietz's curator insight, July 25, 2016 1:51 PM

There is a lot out there on the neuroscience of storytelling. Here's another terrific article that share more about the topic. What I particularly like is the author's discussion of the future of storytelling based on our current addiction to screen time, and some of the opportunities virtual reality storytelling bring.

 

It's an interesting read. What do you think of the narrative future proposed?

 

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

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Evan Kirstel on LinkedIn: “‪#Climate #ClimateChange #ClimateAction #Heatwave ‬”

Evan Kirstel on LinkedIn: “‪#Climate #ClimateChange #ClimateAction #Heatwave ‬” | Intelligent Communications | Scoop.it
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Visual Storytelling: The Future 

Visual Storytelling: The Future  | Intelligent Communications | Scoop.it
Visual marketing expert Shlomi Ron discusses how brands can better leverage the power of visual storytelling to drive impact.

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Dr. Karen Dietz's curator insight, April 10, 12:13 PM

"At the very basic level, we see that businesses don’t have a concrete business story to tell," says Shlomi Ron in this article on Visual Storytelling. And that's the crux of the matter.

 

Ron goes on to share a lot about how to construct visual stories and the mistakes business make in their visual storytelling. And there's great news about the primacy of print and the marrying of visual with print media.

 

That being said, it's scary how good we are getting at knowing how to sway people. As always, there are upsides and downsides, and it behooves us all to be more aware of what we do, and what is being done to us.

 

This robust article to dig into.

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The problem with presentations trainings (and what to do)

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There is one massive issue with presentation trainings, one we can't see unless we step out of our usual presentation training
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Infographic Design 101: How to organize information to tell a story

Infographic Design 101: How to organize information to tell a story | Intelligent Communications | Scoop.it
Great infographic design starts with choosing the right type of organizational method such as LATCH to structure your data to tell a story visually.
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12 Groundbreaking Infographics That Changed the World

12 Groundbreaking Infographics That Changed the World | Intelligent Communications | Scoop.it
A list of revolutionary infographics that changed the course of history, from Mendeleev's Periodic Table to Rosling's Gapminder.
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Are infographics on their deathbed? - Muck Rack

Are infographics on their deathbed? - Muck Rack | Intelligent Communications | Scoop.it
A new report from a company called Clutch suggests the pulse of infographics -- at the heart of many content marketing strategies -- is weakening.

But to borrow a phrase from Mark Twain, are reports of the death of infographics greatly exaggerated?

In a Clutch news release about its report, Rand Fishkin, founder of SEO software company Moz, practically delivers a eulogy for infographics.

“The age of infographics is dying, and most of them are quite bad,” Fishkin is quoted as saying. “The ones that have success do so in a slightly manipulative way. The embed gets linked back with very particular anchor texts that take advantage of search algorithms.”

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, April 3, 2017 6:08 PM

So are infographics dying? Depends on how well you do them.

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9 Creative Storytelling Methods

9 Creative Storytelling Methods | Intelligent Communications | Scoop.it

When an author set out to tell a story in years past, he or she typically did so on paper, a typewriter or by typing at a computer.But today, storytellers find imaginative ways to share their ideas with interactive and visual elements. On modern mediums like Twitter, Vine, YouTube and other mobile applications, storytellers are crafting tales in ways that would have been unfathomable a decade ago.


Offline, too, authors have begun rethinking the traditional concept of the book in ways both innovative and unorthodox. Might a story be better understood as a set of machine parts? How might destroying a book actually bring its messages to life?Here are nine ways authors are revolutionizing the way stories are told....


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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, March 29, 2017 1:00 AM

Storytellers are deconstructing books and getting innovative -- both online and offline.

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Story-telling is one of the most effective tricks for attracting an audience. It makes your content more interesting, and effective. This holds true not only for those in content marketing but also for instructors and educators. Educators could make boring content more interesting by telling their students the story of the topic. Tell your students the story of the formal letter, or the story of the classified advertisement rather than just move on with the formats!
 
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The Key to story structure in two words: Therefore & But

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There are a ton of storytelling-related books and websites in the cosmos. And there is no shortage of people giving story advice and tips. Much of the advice is helpful, but the enormous volume of information related to writin

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Getting the most out of data with storytelling

Getting the most out of data with storytelling | Intelligent Communications | Scoop.it
Learn how to use storytelling to make sure everyone on your team can easily understand and act on your research insights.

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OK -- here's a much better article on data storytelling than the one I curated yesterday! It helps you move through the process of working with your data using storyboarding. This creates your narrative.

 

I also like the points made about the impact storytelling will have on a product team, suggestions for finding an insight, and how to keep the visuals simple. 

 

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

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Dr. Karen Dietz's curator insight, November 4, 2016 12:06 PM

OK -- here's a much better article on data storytelling than the one I curated yesterday! It helps you move through the process of working with your data using storyboarding. This creates your narrative.

 

I also like the points made about the impact storytelling will have on a product team, suggestions for finding an insight, and how to keep the visuals simple. 

 

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

Barbara Ganley's curator insight, December 13, 2016 9:27 AM
data + story -- ya need them both
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Data Storytelling: When Beautiful Metrics Can't Beat Words

Data Storytelling: When Beautiful Metrics Can't Beat Words | Intelligent Communications | Scoop.it
“The following is a guest post by Sergio Maldonado, founder and CEO of Sweetspot Intelligence. Family storytelling die-hards may have heard of Bill Gordh, an award-winning, banjo-playing storyteller that has performed with the New York Philharmonic as well as at the White House Easter Egg Roll. He has also traveled extensively around the world. I …”
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Data storytelling is a hot topic and there's lots to learn about it to be effective in business today. This is a very meaty and well-worth reading post on the critical connection between storytelling and data and creating insights/meaning.

 

I love how thorough the author is, asking questions like: "Are we really using storytelling techniques in our regular exchange of data-driven insights? Can data visualization amount to storytelling, in itself? What are the missing pieces, if not?"

 

The author, SCOTT BRINKER, then goes on to dig into relevant research to answer these questions. He gives us the rationale for his conclusions ("...data visualizations cannot amount to storytelling") , bringing us all the way down to Integrated Insight Management.

 

It's a fascinating and well put together read. There's also a free download to grab at the end of the article. Enjoy learning lots from this piece.

 

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Dr. Karen Dietz's curator insight, September 15, 2016 12:26 PM

Data storytelling is a hot topic and there's lots to learn about it to be effective in business today. This is a very meaty and well-worth reading post on the critical connection between storytelling and data and creating insights/meaning.

 

I love how thorough the author is, asking questions like: "Are we really using storytelling techniques in our regular exchange of data-driven insights? Can data visualization amount to storytelling, in itself? What are the missing pieces, if not?"

 

The author, SCOTT BRINKER, then goes on to dig into relevant research to answer these questions. He gives us the rationale for his conclusions ("...data visualizations cannot amount to storytelling") , bringing us all the way down to Integrated Insight Management.

 

It's a fascinating and well put together read. There's also a free download to grab at the end of the article. Enjoy learning lots from this piece.

 

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

 

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How Storytelling Archetypes Work for Your Brand

How Storytelling Archetypes Work for Your Brand - Storytelling for Brands - Medium
I bet you’ve been hearing about brand storytelling for a while now. Especially if you’re a small business owner on the l…

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By data mining a vast collection of novels, researchers have identified the six basic plots that all stories follow

By data mining a vast collection of novels, researchers have identified the six basic plots that all stories follow | Intelligent Communications | Scoop.it
Scientists at the Computational Story Laboratory have identified the six emotional arcs that form the building blocks of all stories.

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