Effective Presentations

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4 TED Talks That Show How to Deliver an Unforgettable Presentation

'Death by PowerPoint' needs to stop. Here's a rescue plan.<p>Jargon-loaded bullet points, cheesy clip art, mind-numbingly dull charts: What's not to hate about today's business presentations?<p>Let's face it, there's an epidemic that's spreading through corporate boardrooms, an epidemic that is even …

Public Speaking

Do Your Slides Pass the Glance Test?

An audience <i>can’t</i> listen to your presentation and read detailed, text-heavy slides at the same time (not without missing key parts of your message, …

Digital Design

Want Your Elevator Speech to Make a Solid First Impression? Include These 3 Things

Answering What do you do?" properly can dramatically improve how people perceive you and your business.<p>Most people answer with, "I'm a lawyer," 'I'm a plumber," or some other label. It's a perfectly correct answer, but what if you knew that the simple answer you give could make the difference …

Career Development

Why No One Wants To Book You As A Speaker (And What To Do About It)

Pitch early, pitch often, and make it easy for event organizers to get what you’re pitching in the first place.<p>You already know that landing speaking gigs can help your career, company, or personal brand. That’s why you took a public speaking course in college and study TED Talks for tips from the …

Public Speaking

Following one TED Talk rule will make your presentations more memorable, according to neuroscience

In the time it takes the average person to read this article, Instagram users will have uploaded 140,000 photos.<p>Facebook users are uploading 300 million photographs every day. Why, then, is the average PowerPoint presentation full of text and bullet points?<p>"Bullets belong in 'The Godfather.' Avoid …

Public Speaking

Want to Get on the TED Stage? Here's How.

Don't just talk like TED--talk for TED.<p>"How can I get a chance to talk at TED?"<p>It's no wonder that everyone wants to speak on TED's stage--doing so automatically establishes you as a thought leader in your industry. Because TED wants ideas worth sharing, the chance of your talk going viral makes it …

TED Talks

5 Ways to Capture an Audience's Attention Without Really Trying

Sometimes getting people to pay closer attention is a simple matter of preparation.<p>Whether you've done it once or a thousand times -- speaking in public can be terrifying. Not only do you need to know your content inside and out, you also have to keep your audience interested. This can be easier …

Public Speaking

Take an Audience From 'So What?' to 'Now What?' Advice From a TED Speaker Coach

It's your responsibility to determine how to make a cohesive, relevant connection between you, your content, and the audience.<p>Giving a speech poses bigger challenges than simply overcoming your shaky knees. It's hard enough to capture people's attention. Moving your audience to action with your …

Public Speaking

I Crashed and Burned Onstage During a TED Talk. What I Learned Proved More Valuable Than Success

There are some great speaking lessons to be learned from the TED conference. I learned them the hard way.<p>The worst part about blowing it the first time I was invited to speak at the TED conference was that I didn't even realize just how <i>fully</i> I had blown it.<p>It still makes me cringe. I want to puke, …

Public Speaking

This TED Talk Rule Will Help Your Presentation Stand Out

Neuroscience proves that changing minds requires more pictures than words on PowerPoint<p>In the time it takes the average person to read this article, Instagram users will have uploaded 140,000 photos. Facebook users are uploading 300 million photographs every day. Why, then, is the average …

Public Speaking

5 Public Speaking Lessons to Apply at Work Everyday

Discover the public speaking skills that not only can be applied to speaking to crowds, but also to your everyday work life.<p>Love it or hate it, public speaking is an essential skill that not only can be applied to speaking to crowds, but also to your everyday work life. Mastering these techniques …

Public Speaking

Moodelizer helps add epic soundtracks to your video efforts

When it comes to video, the audio is pretty damn important. Hell, they even give out some sort of award for getting it right on occasion. Moodelizer wants to put the power of suitable soundtracks in the hands of amateur filmmakers, by letting you add a delightfully over-the-top soundtrack to the …


What to Do When Your Business Presentation Flops

It's every business owner's worst nightmare. Here's how to rebound.<p>I recently had a business presentation totally flop. I'd been planning this presentation for weeks, had over 100 people who RSVP'd and tested my tech at least a thousand times to make sure everything was working.<p>Unfortunately, when …

Business Strategy

How to Nail the First 30 Seconds of Your Presentation

The difference between a presentation that is a raging success or a disappointing flop is often decided in the first 30 seconds. Here's the one thing you need to do to start strong.<p>It was a Thursday afternoon and I was catching up with friends during a rare happy hour. One friend, Shelly, is an …

Public Speaking

The Secret to Great Storytelling No One Talks About

You can master tone and structure, but it'll do you no good if you don't also have this.<p>If you want to improve your skills as a storyteller, there are countless systems and resources to help you, from three-act structure, beat sheets, and the hero's journey, to free classes on the subject from …


Get Nothin' But Net With 3 Speaking Tips from March Madness

What can March Madness teach you how to command the room with your next speech? Everything.<p>It's that time of year again: March Madness gets down to the Sweet 16. High pressure scenarios like this can make us or break us. March Madness is no different: it tells us much about leadership and …

Body Language

An analysis of 700 presentations revealed that adopting one speaking skill can make you more persuasive

Thanks to advances in neuroscience, brain scans, and data-driven studies, we've learned more about persuasion in the past decade than we had ever known previously. We know what works and why it works, and we can prove it scientifically.<p>The data firm Quantified Communications has added to the …

How I Survived a Public Speaking Nightmare in 5.5 Steps

When disaster strikes moments before your big presentation, here's the survival guide.<p>It was a Tuesday. I was hired to give a 90 minute keynote for 350 people at a sales kickoff. Sound check was scheduled for 7 a.m., and at 9 a.m. I'd take the stage. However, within moments of turning off the hotel …

Public Speaking

Ace Your Next Presentation With 3 Winning Warm Ups

You've prepared for your speech for weeks. But what about right before you step on stage? Learn last minute techniques for a winning talk.<p>First impressions matter. People make an assessment of you almost instantaneously. You want to pass this initial test and win your audience over. But how do you …

Body Language

The Best Exercise for Getting to Know Your Audience | Inc.com

Content Marketing

Finding the Bliss Point for Public Speaking

We've identified it for the food we eat and the music we listen to. Now, can we do it for the words we speak and the messages people hear?<p>I recently read an article in <i>The New York Review of Books</i> about a new paradigm in the music industry.<p>Since many of today's Top 10 Hits sound the same, I tend to …

Public Speaking

The coach who taught Sheryl Sandberg to communicate better explains how to give a better presentation

The best writing advice I've ever received was actually a suitcase-packing strategy from my most well-traveled friend:<p>"Lay out everything you want to take with you. Then cut it in half."<p>It's a brilliant tip, of course, but using it — as a traveler or as a writer — is an absolutely horrifying …

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