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Takes one to no one. Ideas on how to wow audiences from the self-published author of Bella and Bootlicker.
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How Do You Close A Presentation?

How Do You Close A Presentation? | IndieAuthor: Maximize Your Author Events | Scoop.it
Five ways to end a speech that don't bore the audience to death.

Via Dr. Karen Dietz
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Dr. 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.

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The One Word in Public Speaking That Conveys Uncertainty

The art of presenting takes practice and constant refining. It's easy to fall into a pattern of using words that distract from your speech's intended impact.
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Steve Piacente » 9 Tips To Help You Shine at an Outdoor Book Fair

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Learn the landscape before the big day

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Steve Piacente » First Rule of Book Fairs: Read the Body Language

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AMS Pictures Creative Strategy | How to tell a brand story that will tug at your heartstrings

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AMS Creative Strategy shares an example and dissection of exemplary brand story telling.
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Is public speaking really that scary? - The Guardian

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Is public speaking really that scary?
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I wasn't so surprised, last week, to read the results of a poll revealing that people feared public speaking more than they feared being buried alive.
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Get comfortable speaking in public by practicing as much as possible. For instance, offer yourself up to book clubs, libraries, and senior centers.

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20 Ways to Improve Your Presentation Skills | SEJ

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For those not born with natural eloquence, public speaking can be remarkably nerve-racking. But there are ways on how to improve your presentation skills.

Via Kamal Bennani
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Marco Favero's curator insight, December 13, 2014 5:43 PM

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Good tips.

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Steve Piacente » 10 Ways to Hone Your Pitch

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Do You Stink at Public Speaking?

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Stop with the excuses, and start off with these low-pressure steps to launching your speaking career, and increasing your brand-awareness.
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Good ideas on how to improve your public speaking skills.

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The Answer to Engaging Any Audience in Today's Cluttered Culture - Business 2 Community

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This builds interest and cultivates a connection with the audience.
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Success does not occur on-stage unless you put the time and thought into understanding your audience.

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Storytelling Tips: What You Really Need to Know About Public Speaking

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So many voices telling you how to speak in public! Do not let any group become the "Speaking Police" in your life. I believe that there are some simple core truths about speaking that you should be...
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If you're clever enough to write a book, you should also be able to make your bio a compelling story. There's a difference between your resume and your bio.

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Public Speaking Humor

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Release Your Voice is using Pinterest, an online pinboard to collect and share what inspires you. (Need a good laugh? Check out our '#PublicSpeaking Humor' board on Pinterest!
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