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Want to Give a TED Talk? First You Need to Write a TED Talk

Talking for TED is one thing but talking like TED in all of your public speaking engagements is a sure way to impress everyone--TED and TED fans alike.TED speakers are intelligent, passionate and respected. And the techniques used by TED speakers are ones you want to use for your own presentations and speeches. But the first step [...]

By |2019-10-17T13:36:56-08:00|All, Writing & Storytelling|Comments Off on Want to Give a TED Talk? First You Need to Write a TED Talk

How to Write A Killer Business Presentation

Once you're ready to start to write the first draft of your presentation, believe it or not, the hardest work is behind you. "Really?" you say, "But I haven't written the speech yet!" Of course. And that will take time. But look how far you've come! Now you know what you want to say and roughly how you'll say [...]

By |2019-09-05T09:09:47-08:00|All, Writing & Storytelling|Comments Off on How to Write A Killer Business Presentation

3 Proven Speechwriting Techniques all Great TED Talks Use in Their Presentation

Every great TED talk begins with a good outline. If you want your presentation to leave a TED worthy impression, you'll need to start planning long before the day of the speech: how can you make your message memorable? What should be included in the talk? What should be left out? Should there be jokes? You'll answer all [...]

By |2019-09-05T09:28:40-08:00|All, Writing & Storytelling|Comments Off on 3 Proven Speechwriting Techniques all Great TED Talks Use in Their Presentation

TED Tackles Stage Fright: How 3 TEDx Speaker’s Overcame Their Fear of Public Speaking

"According to most studies, people's number one fear is public speaking," comedian Jerry Seinfeld once mused. "Number two is death. Death is number two. This means to the average person, if you go to a funeral, you're better off in the casket than doing the eulogy." There are plenty of suggestions to overcome general fear, [...]

By |2019-08-30T14:30:22-08:00|All, Conferences & Events|Comments Off on TED Tackles Stage Fright: How 3 TEDx Speaker’s Overcame Their Fear of Public Speaking

Acting Techniques Steve Job Used To Speak Like A Pro In His Presentations

From start-up entrepreneurs to industry leaders, actors have knowledge to impart on many different careers outside of acting.  Most roles in the business world could take a cue from Hollywood and Broadway. In fact, many well known speakers, like Steve Jobs, relied on the sage advice Broadway actors to ignite their live presentations. How can you harness the benefits [...]

By |2019-08-30T13:52:24-08:00|All, Conferences & Events|Comments Off on Acting Techniques Steve Job Used To Speak Like A Pro In His Presentations

TED Talk Tips to Conquer Your Next Presentation by Becoming a “Happy Warrior”

It all started with a TED Talk. Amy Cuddy's TED Talk about the power of body language, to be precise. In that talk, Cuddy described the power of power poses to boost confidence and exude leadership. But what if power poses aren't enough? After the success of her TED Talk,  Cuddy--a Harvard social psychologist--released Presence, a more in-depth look [...]

7 Moments of Audience Engagement from TED Talks

There are certain perils to watching a TED Talk live from the audience – occasionally you’ll be asked a stumper of a philosophical question or made the brunt of a speaker’s joke. Then again, you might be given seven and a half extra minutes to live, so it’s really a toss-up. In these talks, [...]

By |2019-09-05T12:38:02-08:00|All, Conferences & Events|Comments Off on 7 Moments of Audience Engagement from TED Talks

Hook Your Audience Within the First 60 Seconds of Your Presentation

How you open and close your presentation decides everything. Nothing matters more for effectiveness. The internet is full of great ideas for how to open and how to close speeches. You'll be ahead of most speakers if you can just avoid the most common error. But in this first of two blog posts on openings and closings, I'd like [...]

By |2019-09-03T15:45:15-08:00|All, Writing & Storytelling|Comments Off on Hook Your Audience Within the First 60 Seconds of Your Presentation

Every Story is the Same | Will Schoder

Storytelling comes naturally to humans, but since we live in an unnatural world, we sometimes need a little help doing what we’d naturally do. Draw a circle and divide it in half vertically. Divide the circle again horizontally. Starting from the 12 o clock position and going clockwise, number the [...]

By |2019-09-06T15:29:25-08:00|All, Writing & Storytelling|Comments Off on Every Story is the Same | Will Schoder

TED Talk | The Beauty of Data Visualization | David McCandless

David McCandless turns complex data sets (like worldwide military spending, media buzz, Facebook status updates) into beautiful, simple diagrams that tease out unseen patterns and connections. Good design, he suggests in his TED Talk, is the best way to navigate information glut -- and it may just change the way [...]

By |2019-09-05T11:23:10-08:00|All, Conferences & Events|Comments Off on TED Talk | The Beauty of Data Visualization | David McCandless
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