Do you immediately engage your audience? Powerful openings are key to successful presentations. Learn how to craft and deliver your openings so you always engage your audience within the first 30 seconds of your talk.
The First 30 Seconds – Expert Advice on Innovative Openings
Is Your Audience Hearing What You Want to Communicate?
Is your audience hearing what you want to communicate? It is not just what you say, it is how you say it.
Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling – How to Tell A Good Story
More than any words you say in your presentation, your audience will remember what they “see” in their minds while they are listening. Learn the secrets of great storytelling. Everybody loves a good story.
The art of storytelling is essential to effective public speaking. No matter what our culture, we grow up feeling that hearing a story is somehow a reward. Stories are the best way to explain the complex, motivate, and train.
Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling
By Emma Coats
These rules were originally tweeted by Emma Coats, Pixar’s story artist. Number nine on the list—when you’re stuck, make a list of what wouldn’t happen next—is a great one and can apply to writers in all genres.
1. You admire a character for trying more than for their successes.
2. Keep in mind what’s interesting to you as an audience, not what’s fun to do as a writer. They can be very different. (more…)
How to Sound Intelligent, Powerful, Polished, Articulate & Confident
When you deliver a presentation, have a conversation with senior management, or network in your professional community do you sound intelligent, powerful, polished, articulate and confident?
To sound more intelligent:
Pace your words, speaking just a bit more slowly to allow yourself time to select the most appropriate vocabulary and to give the impression of thoughtfulness.