Effective Presentations

By Michael Hartley CFP® | Presentation tips and topics curated by Venice Institute for Performing Arts. VenicePerformingArtsCenter.com

Storytelling With Data: How To Communicate Visually And Effectively

While we all know that data is key to telling an impactful story, few understand how to use these points to spin meaningful tales that will resonate …

Data Visualization

7 Simple Ways to Tell a Compelling Story

You have meaningful, important stories to tell. Here's how to do so.<p>You tell stories all the time to friends, family and coworkers. Stories about your vacation. About how your daughter scored the winning goal. About how your brother drank way too much beer at the family reunion and then what …

compellingstory

How the Proper Use of Colons and Semicolons Will Make Your Written Intention More Easily Understood

In a slight departure from their regular subject of human behavior, the School of Life explained via animation about the difference between colons …

Language

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

Yes, a Powerpoint Presentation Can Be Exceptionally Memorable. Here Are 2 Easy Hacks

These Powerpoint hacks are so easy, you're going to kick yourself for not doing them sooner.<p>PowerPoint decks can be an very efficient way of sharing and presenting information.<p>Yet, if they're bad, they are painful to create and even more painful to sit through.<p>Today, I'm going to teach you two easy …

Public Speaking

Science Says This is the Best Way to Persuade Someone Who's Wrong (Jeff Bezos Will Hate It)

It's frustrating when a friend or colleague is plainly mistaken. Is this method worth trying?<p><i>Absurdly Driven</i> <i>looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.</i><p>In today's America, we tend to feel gray areas are a touch passé.<p>You're either right or you're wrong. …

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Great Leaders Have More Fun: Advice From Comedian Tiffany Haddish

Why Haddish and noted psychologists embrace fun as a powerful leadership tool.<p>In a recent career prospectus interview, Hollywood's hottest (and arguably most beloved) new comic Tiffany Haddish revealed a critical piece of advice that legendary comedian Richard Pryor offered her early in her …

Tiffany Haddish

How To Make Millions Of Dollars From The Best Webinar Trainer In The World

Fladlien's strategies and concepts are extremely simple, useful, and revolutionary.<p>According to Joe Polish, the founder of Genius Network, <i>"I believe Jason Fladlien is the best webinar presenter on the planet. Not only that, I'd put him in the top five marketers currently living."</i><p>Jason Fladlien is …

Marketing

How to Give a Webinar Presentation

As more and more companies cultivate a global workforce and international client base, it’s increasingly necessary to present remotely. For years, teleconferencing was the best option, but in the past five years internet speeds and web conferencing technologies have become sufficiently robust to …

Webinars

Pitch Anything: An Innovative Method for Presenting, Persuading, and Winning the Deal

• <b>Author:</b> Oren Klaff<p><b>Gold Medal Winner--Tops Sales World's Best Sales and Marketing Book</b><p>“Fast, fun and immensely practical.”<b><br>—JOE SULLIVAN, Founder, Flextronics</b><p>“Move over Neil Strauss and game theory. <i>Pitch Anything</i> reveals the next big thing in social dynamics: game for business.”<b><br>—JOSH WHITFORD,</b> …

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

5 Ways to Get Over Your Fear of Public Speaking

We all want to be fearless public speakers. We dream of confidently striding onto the stage to give a speech or presentation, breaking the ice with the perfect joke, captivating the audience with compelling stories, handling the most difficult questions with ease, and exiting to cheers and applause.<p>…

5 Proven Techniques That Will Make You a Fearless Public Speaker

The fear of public speaking runs deep for many people.<p>I recently attended a two-day conference where I listened to several different speakers weighing-in on a range of topics. Many of the speakers were either very experienced at presenting, or had prepared thoroughly in advance.<p>A few speakers, …

Public Speaking

‘Assume the Worst’: This Isn’t Your Ordinary Graduation Speech

In days of yore, graduation speeches were fiery or throat-clenched battle cries, highly reliant on one or more familiar themes. Be bold, these call to arms exhorted: Dare to tilt at windmills with your own handmade pole vault. Question everything, they counseled — light a fire underneath your inner …

Books

7 Tips To Becoming A Keynote Speaker People Can't Wait To Hear

For a lot of people, there’s nothing more terrifying than public speaking. Even though people often say I look like I feel very comfortable on stage, I still get very nervous before I speak to a large group.<p>That’s because there are so many things to think about when you get in front of a group of …

Public Speaking

On Speaking Well

• <b>Author:</b> Peggy Noonan<p>For anyone who fears the thought of writing and giving a speech--be it to business associates, or at a wedding--help is at hand. Acclaimed presidential speechwriter Peggy Noonan shares her secrets to becoming a confidence, persuasive speaker demystifying topics including: …

How To Become A Professional Speaker In 7 Easy Steps

One thing that successful freelancers and entrepreneurs often do is create multiple income streams. For example, a freelance web designer might teach a design course as an adjunct instructor at a local community college. A marketing consultant might write a set of e-books on marketing for small …

How Great Speakers Make It Look Easy

The right preparation allows you to deliver amazing value for the audience -- which drives referrals and repeat engagements.<p>Great speakers make giving presentations look deceptively easy. You may think there's nothing to it because when delivered well, it almost looks effortless. But, the truth is, …

Public Speaking

A Bad Presentation Gone Good.

<b>An inside look at building a presentation for a 400-person audience. Experts thought it was great, but survey data suggested otherwise. Here’s how I</b> …

Use These 2 Words to Break Through the Clutter and Captivate Your Audience

Inspiration for solving audience members' problems and meeting their needs.<p>The people you're trying to communicate with--customers, employees, colleagues and others--don't need any more facts. They certainly don't want to be lectured. And they'd rather you not use Corporate Speak or rhetoric or …

Cleaning

This Scientific Analysis of 16 Years of TED Talks Shows Exactly What People Really Care About

No, it's not politics.<p><i>Absurdly Driven</i> <i>looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.</i><p>Sometimes, they're nuggets of pure joy and mental stimulation.<p>Then there are those after which you shake your head slowly and wonder what you've just witnessed.<p>Over the …

TED Talks

Stop Ending Your Speeches With 'Any Questions' and End With This Instead

Don't let your audience decide how you're going to end your presentation<p>You have a big presentation to make to your client, your funders, or your boss. You've spent hours developing a deck that's concise, crisp, and visually stunning. You've practiced the delivery so that you speak with clarity, …

Public Speaking

5 Unbelievably Simple Ways to Make Your Content More Engaging

These 5 tactics will make your online content the digital page-turner your readers just can't put down.<p>Think about the stories you love. The ones you snuck under your covers after lights out and read with a flashlight. The ones you listened to on repeat. The ones you bailed on your friends for. …

Marketing

3 Tips for Presenting in English When You’re Not a Native Speaker

As a coach and international business school instructor, I have worked with hundreds of current and future leaders who are accomplished, bright, and capable — and who quickly lose their confidence and competence when making business presentations. For a subset of these leaders — those who need to …

Language Learning

5 Best Speech Practices From Sir Winston Churchill

Gary Oldman won this year’s Academy Award for Best Actor because he had an unfair advantage: Sir Winston Churchill, the character he portrayed in <i>Darkest Hour</i>, was so much a larger-than-life character than those played by the other nominees. Sir Winston’s momentous achievements and actions gave Mr. …

Winston Churchill

3 Public Speaking Tips You've Probably Never Thought About

Does the thought of public speaking make you break out into a cold sweat? These tips will help you ditch the fear and connect with your audience. ​<p>If you Google "public speaking tips," you'll find a plethora of articles on the subject. Some are helpful, but others ... not so much. So, how do you …

Public Speaking

Don't Cry, and 3 Other Rules for Delivering a Passionate Speech People Will Listen To

Delivering a speech on an emotional topic isn't easy, but can be done. Here's how to do it well.<p>There are times when one small speech can send a ripple through society; when someone is able to tame their emotions and find the perfect words to deliver a message that most people couldn't …

Gun Control

Hit the Mark: Make Complex Ideas Understandable

6 ways to communicate challenging concepts to an audience.<p>Think back to the last time you had that “what the…?” moment when you were listening to …

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