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How to Close Your Speech With Power

Your speech is going great. You've opened with a bang and have hit all your key points. As you look out at the audience, they are on the edge of their seats; they’re nodding, and engrossed with every word that you say.<p>You’re about out of time, and you need to wrap it up. So you say:<p>-“Who has …

5 Steps for Creating a Sales Deck that Sells

If you are looking for a compelling way to put together your next sales deck, I want to offer up a structure for you. It consists of 5 stages.<p>Why should you approach your deck in stages? It’s mainly a guideline to help you compartmentalize your talk into smaller sections. For instance, in Stage 5, …

Resonate

5 Inspiring TED Talks You Can Watch In Under 5 Minutes

Engaging people during a business meeting can be difficult so it essential you grab your audiences attention from the get go.<p>Thanks to our increased dependence on computer screens and devices, visual communication fast becoming the universal way to converse.<p>In fact, people remember 80% of what they …

15 TED Talks that Changed My Life

TED Talks feature a variety of people who have a unique point of view, giving them a platform to speak on the issues closest to them. They are …

Matt Cutts

Creating Passionate Users

Give users a Hollywood ending<p>We can all take a lesson from filmmakers: <i>endings</i> matter. The way we end a conversation, blog post, user experience, …

Professionally Speaking » Storytelling and presenting explained

Following my recent post about graphic recording videos I’ve been amazed at the variety of entertaining and instructional material that’s out there …

Bill Murray on storytelling

If you are any kind of fan of Bill Murray at all, then you will enjoy this interview he did with Howard Stern last week. Murray, who is famously hard …

Howard Stern

The Shape of Spectacular Speech: An Infographic Analysis of What Made MLK’s “I Have a Dream” Great

The poetics of presenting, or why beautiful metaphors are better than beautiful slides.<p>On August 28, 1963, <b>Martin Luther King, Jr.</b> rose to the top of the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and delivered his legendary “I Have a Dream” speech before …

How To Give A Memorable Goodbye Speech

Written by Brad Phillips @MrMediaTraining on September 15, 2013 – 6:02 AM<p>It’s your last day on the job. Your colleagues have gathered in a conference …

Wired’s Guide to Crafting the Perfect TED Talk

Anatomy of a Winning TED Talk<p>1%<p>Sophisticated Visual Aids<p>We’re not sure who puts the D in TED—most of the best presentations favor tepid PowerPoint …

The Art of Storytelling in Business

“The universe is made of stories, not of atoms,” poet Muriel Rukeyser famously said. A seemingly ludicrous suggestion in a world where we seek proof …

5 Ways to Write a Damn Good Sentence

Average copywriters write average sentences. You, I’m guessing, don’t want to be average.<p>You want to be great. You believe you can be <i>remarkable</i>.<p>That …

Writing

The 5 Things Every (Great) Marketing Story Needs - Copyblogger

Here on Copyblogger, you’ve seen us talk many times about how to tell a terrific marketing story.<p>Why? Because stories are fundamental to how we …

Storytelling

How to Go Out In Style With Your Ending - Copyblogger

Once you’ve sucked people in with your headline, entranced them with your opening, and sent them down the slippery slide with each sentence until the …

Lessons From Great Storytellers: LinkedIn Speaker Series with Nancy Duarte | Official LinkedIn Blog

Great ideas can change the world. But, they can only do so when effectively communicated. A powerful story is one of the best ways we can share our …

Pixar's 22 Rules to Phenomenal Storytelling

Pixar

Set Your Hook

Great hooks, like McGonigal’s provocative opening statement, get audiences on the edge of their seats and give them a sense of what’s coming. They allow you to win a crowd’s attention right away and give you a legitimate chance to have a lasting impact.

15 Must See Commencement Speeches

A commencement speech is an address given to graduating students. Generally at a university, a commencement speech is typically given by a notable …

The key to storytelling is in the giving, not the getting

The key to success with presentation—and storytelling in general—is to focus not on getting approval or a particular response from the audience, but …

Storytelling