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Want to Deliver Unforgettable Presentations? Use the 30-Second Rule

The secret to making a great presentation is winning over your audience in the first 30 seconds (and keeping their interest through the last 30 seconds).<p>No matter who's in your audience, or where and when you deliver it, the secret to making a great presentation is capturing your audience's …

Infographics

2 Winning Solutions to Any Presentation Challenge

A field guide to transfixing and transforming your audience.<p>What does the audience want from your words? They want to be moved.<p>They want to be led from where they are right now--their fears, their hopes, their nervous tics, their outlook on life--to somewhere new. Somewhere better. Somewhere …

TED Talks

Great Storytelling Connects Employees to Their Work

I once spent a few delicious days studying Union Square Hospitality Group (USHG), a collection of high-end, casual eateries started by the famed New York restauranteur, Danny Meyer. He had recently claimed the key to his success was creating a “culture of hospitality.” I set out to discover how.<p>One …

5 Ways Your Presentation Visuals Are Failing You

You can be the best public speaker in the world, but if you don't incorporate visuals wisely, your presentations are likely to flop--again and again.<p>One of my favorite TED Talks is David McCandless' "The Beauty of Data Visualization," in which he argues for the incredible power of beautiful, …

TED Talks

4 Key Steps: This Is How Successful Entrepreneurs Pitch Their Startups

Real life is not like 'Shark Tank.' Here's how to get it right when it counts.<p>You've got an idea--a great idea--and you can't wait to get in a room with hungry investors.<p>But solidifying your pitch is a combination of thoughtful planning and preparation, so take some time now to get ready.<p>The …

Entrepreneurship

The 7 Key Components of a Perfect Elevator Pitch

Whether you are trying to raise money for your business or just want to perfect your business strategy, a solid elevator pitch is an essential tool …

5 Ways to Project Confidence in Front of an Audience

Employees, investors, and partners don’t just follow anyone — they follow leaders who have command of the business and command of the stage. Whether you’re presenting on an analyst call or speaking to your entire organization in a town hall meeting, you’re being judged on your confidence and …

Public Speaking

'Solo' Director Ron Howard Has a 3-Step Checklist for Scripts. Using It Will Help Your Pitch or Presentation

Master the art of presentations with this checklist by a legendary movie director.<p>If you want to create an exciting business presentation that keeps your audience on the edge of their seats, steal a page from one of Hollywood's best storytellers, Ron Howard.<p>Howard is the legendary director of such …

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3 Speaking Tips to Build Confidence Before Your Next Presentation

For those moments when your hands are sweating, your throat is closing, and you're up next.<p>A few weeks ago, I gave a presentation at Shoptalk about organizing for the future of retail. I'd love to say everything went perfectly, and I didn't bat an eye at talking in front of 300 people.<p>The truth is, …

Public Speaking

How to Become a Content Strategist and Master Storyteller

If you want to be a strategist, or just want to create a strategy for your business, watch how Jordan Scheltgen creates honest, compelling stories on a consistent basis.<p>2 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>In this entrepreneur interview, Eric Siu is joined by …

Marketing

How to perfect your pitch deck — according to a guy that gets a lot of pitches

One of the most critical tasks startups face, is creating a killer elevator pitch — a short, verbal description of who they are, what they do, and how they are going to succeed as a business. There are countless blog posts and listicles that have been created to guide founders through this process, …

How to Use Storytelling to Sell Your Brand and Vision

People remember how you make them feel, not the information you give them.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The reason why the Bible is the bestselling book every year is because it delivers its lessons as a series of stories. And if you don't want to use the Bible as an …

The 3 Components That Create Unforgettable Brand Stories

Brand storytelling is hard. But it can be done, and done well.<p>Brand storytelling: It's something every brand knows it has to engage in but only a few do really well.<p>The simplest reason for this? Brand storytelling is hard. It's hard to distill the things that make your company what it is into a …

Marketing

3 Rules of Public Speaking That You Should Ignore (and 1 to Live By)

When it comes to public speaking, some rules are meant to be broken.<p>I recently found myself in sitting in the back row of seats in a packed ballroom at a marketing conference. 400 people were crammed into a space that was likely only supposed to hold 250. The reason it was standing room only? …

Public Speaking

The Secret of a Great Presentation

Don't Overthink It, and Here's How...<p>Okay, campers, last time, we discussed what you needed internally - that is, within your business - to be able to effectively make an offer as a speaker from the stage, presenting your company and wares from one - that's you - to many - that's your audience.<p>To …

Jeff Bezos

Steve Jobs Practiced 1 Habit That Turned Good Presentations Into Great Ones

The best CEO presenters follow one rule that made Steve Jobs a master showman.<p>Steve Jobs was a master showman. In my opinion, Jobs was the best business storyteller of our time. Every product launch was brilliantly performed. Every move, demo, image and slide was in sync and beautifully …

Public Speaking

What does your pitch deck need?

This past week, I was helping a young startup with their pitch deck. Here’s how I helped. I imagined that I was rich enough (and who does not want to …

7 Storytelling Structures to Improve Your Presentations (Infographic)

What your favorite plots and your next business presentation should have in common.<p>1 min read<p>Giving presentations, whether during meetings with co-workers or to potential new clients, can often seem intimidating. But luckily, there are tried and true ways to organize your information so that it is …

Public Speaking

If Public Speaking Scares You, Keep These 6 Things in Mind

If the thought of having all eyes on you makes you sweat, you're not alone.<p>Public speaking can be scary on any level. I remember my first public speaking class in college. The professor said something along the lines of, "Don't do these three things if you want to succeed at public speaking. 1. …

Public Speaking

10 visual storytelling tips from top agencies

In the design industry, storytelling doesn't mean reading a book; it has a wider meaning connected with communicating the story behind a product, …

After Listening to 25,000 Pitches, Richard Branson Has 1 Simple Tip for Entrepreneurs

If your pitch can't fit in this format, don't bother pitching the Virgin billionaire.<p>The spark that created one of the fastest growing companies in Richard Branson's Virgin empire came courtesy of a beer coaster.<p>In his new autobiography, <i>Finding My Virginity</i>, the billionaire entrepreneur recalls the …

Entrepreneurship

Watch This Entrepreneur Prove That the Right Details Can Make or Break a Pitch

On this week's episode of 'Entrepreneur Elevator Pitch,' the designer of a selfie cookie business shows the power of well-chosen details to win over judges.<p>2 min read<p><i>On the new streaming show</i> Entrepreneur Elevator Pitch<i>, founders step into the</i> <i>Entrepreneur Elevator</i> <i>and have just 60 seconds to present</i> …

Entrepreneurship

3 Ways to Give Your Presentation an Emotional Punch, Courtesy of Ken Burns

If you want to make an impact in business, tell emotionally engaging stories.<p>If you want to make an impact in your profession and stand out from your competitors, tell more stories--and not just any story, but emotionally engaging ones. If you're stuck on how to tell stories, look to Ken Burns for …

Public Speaking

3 Proven Tips for a Talk That People Remember Long After you Step off Stage

Create a Talk That People Remember Long After the Lights go Down<p>Living a meaningful life matters, and creating a meaningful presentation that resonates with an audience matters too.<p>Why do you think TED Talks are so popular? Their "ideas worth spreading" tagline embodies the exact definition of …

Public Speaking

Why Introverts Make The Best Public Speakers

A dysfunctional family is more than disagreement or constant arguments. Anything from plain neglect, to abuse and even verbal and physical violence …

Self-help

Four Public Speaking Myths That Keep Ruining Your Presentations

Hint: Stop trying so hard to read your audience.<p>Many of the misconceptions you unknowingly cling to don’t do you any real harm. Your mistaken belief that the Great Wall of China is visible from space won’t jeopardize your professional success, let alone your survival.<p>Nonetheless, we all hold more …

Public Speaking

11 Storytelling Formulas to Supercharge Your Social Media Marketing

Legendary marketer, Seth Godin, describes marketing as "the art of telling a story that resonates with your audience and then spreads." If you look …

Uber Just Released Their First Pitch Deck From 2008, and It Shows What You'll Need to Build a Billion-Dollar Startup

The ride sharing platform is now worth over $68 billion. But it all started with this deck.<p>Despite its high-profile public relations meltdown over the past few months, the story of Uber's rise is still a fairy tale in the startup world.<p>In less than a decade, the ridesharing platform has become the …

Ridesharing

Storytelling Lessons from LearnVest's Head of Product

Vivek Bedi has over 15 years of experience in product management and believes that storytelling is the most important skill for product managers. He …

You’d Be a Better Communicator If You Weren’t So Afraid of Embarrassing Yourself

Scientists can be awful communicators, lapsing into jargon-filled lectures that leave laypeople behind. Alan Alda often learned this the hard way in …