Fought a bear? You really must tell the story

tell your story and you bring your presentation to life

In a presentation skills workshop the other day, one participant was introducing herself. Her opening sentence was dramatic. “Have you ever come face to face with a bear?” she asked. “I have,” she continued, and hurried on to tell us her name, her title, and how her job meant she spent a lot of time …

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Use storytelling structure for presentation success

storytelling structure can help presentations

What would your presentation or speech look like if it was a graph? You can plot on a chart the course of a good presentation… just as you can plot the storytelling structure of a movie or book. In fact the graph of a good presentation looks just like the graph of many a movie. …

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Engage an audience with emotion, convince with facts

Speeches need balance between appeals to emotion and to logic

How are you on the high wire? Every speech or presentation is a tightrope act… a feat of balance. No, not the balance between lighter moment and heavier content, or between high octane presentation and a more intimate delivery. I’m talking about the balance between your appeal to logic and your appeal to emotion as …

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How well do you tell your story?

Make sure you tell your story well

Telling your story better is a surefire way to get people thinking about you, talking about you and remembering you. Facts and figures are important. They have an important place in your presentations and promotional copy. But facts are forgettable. Story is the glue that gives facts shape and coherence, and cements them into the …

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Include stories when you plan a speech

images rather than bullet points work well on slide decks

What are the stories you can tell that will help the audience connect with your speech – and remember it as they leave your meeting or auditorium? There’s a saying in the speech-making business: facts tell but stories sell. In other words, we need facts to prove our arguments, but on their own facts can …

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How talented young dancers can boost your next presentation

Our home town of Halifax, Nova Scotia, knows all about sad farewells. It’s a navy town, where long goodbyes and anxious waits are part of military life. There’s a long tradition of families waving loved ones off on missions around the world; missions of peace, and missions of war. In the last few years Halifax …

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How speakers could benefit from a golden brain

finding happiness in public speaking

One of my favourite online personality tests is ‘Are You Left Brained or Right Brained?‘ It’s a free, fun quiz that tells you which part of your brain is dominant. Left brainers are logical, systematic, see the details, build the hardware. Right brainers are creative, free flowing, see the big picture, design the software. In …

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How to make your message memorable

Want people to remember your speeches and presentations? Get into the emotional transportation business. That’s the advice of master-storyteller Peter Guber, in a fascinating profile in the business section of the Globe and Mail (July 23rd). People, he says, are not naturally built to absorb raw data. But if you coat information in a compelling …

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