Tag Archives: Storytelling

Structuring Your Presentation

Every audience wants structure. You might even say that every audience needs structure. Beyond giving you a way to organize your presentation, structure helps your audience follow your presentation, keeps them tuned in and helps them remember your message. Structure is independent of content. Your particular purpose – exactly what you want to persuade your audience to believe or […]

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Strategic Preparation: Key to Public Speaking Success

Many organizations have some kind of process for preparing a presentation, even if it’s just “this person writes the PowerPoints, and that person makes them look good.” But when I started out as a communications coach and consultant, I was surprised at how few clients have any kind of disciplined method for executing the most […]

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Great Storytellers are Great Persuaders

We need story; otherwise the tremendous randomness of experiences overwhelms us. Story is what penetrates — Robert Coover, Brown University Whether played out by actors, shared around a kitchen table, or told from a podium, great stories command our attention with that irresistible question: What will happen next? They can draw us to the edge […]

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Anatomy of a Successful Meeting

How often do you walk away from a day full of meetings feeling unproductive and uninspired? It’s time to step up: PREPARE, UNIFY, CLARIFY, INTENSIFY, and UNLEASH your teams.  You can run meetings that generate engagement and create a forward-moving agenda. Meetings don’t just happen. They require preparation.  Review the context. Do a situational assessment and determine the who, when, where and […]

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