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Toastmasters Crowns 2015 World Champion of Public Speaking

Mohammed Qahtani rises above 30,000 participants to win world’s largest speech contest YouTube / Toastmasters – via Iframely It’s worth mentioning some of the techniques that we preach that he exemplifies. He opens with a terrific hook.  He pulls out a cigarette (a prop) and starts to light it.  He causes an emotional response in the audience without saying a word.  His non-verbal expression communicates paragraphs before he finally utters the word, “What?!” He uses...

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How to Take Your Presentation to the Next Level

Intro by Terry Gault of The Henderson Group Another blog post on storytelling?!? You bet! Because storytelling is a topic that never gets old, in our estimation. The only point they make in this piece from Inc.com that needs some clarification is bullet 1: “Ask permission before telling a story.” I am not convinced that this is necessary. Asking for permission can backfire in certain settings. If you ask permission (“Can I tell you a...

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“Last moment” story shifts how client represents himself at major conference

by Terry Gault of The Henderson Group Nishanth Anil is a Bangalore-based Developer Evangelist at Xamarin, one our clients. Xamarin provides their customers with 3 capabilities for mobile software: Build: A platform for cross-platform mobile application development that delivers native apps and reuse of 70% of code. They promise: “Create native iOS, Android, Mac and Windows apps in C#. Xamarin apps look and feel native because they are.” Test: A cloud-based testing service to ensure...

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Upcoming Dates for 2015 Henderson Group Workshops

February 19-20, 2015 – Complete Communicator with Terry Gault San Francisco, CA. Over 95% of the workforce must interact with others in order to do their jobs, and communication skills are the number one factor affecting employee relationships with customers, superiors and colleagues. The Complete Communicator work combines communication techniques in an intense, highly individualized, skills development program. Employees learn to communicate effectively one-on-one, in small groups, standing before large audiences, and over the phone...

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The Most Powerful Way to End a Presentation

There are many tips for delivering a great presentation, and while it is important to grab your audience at the beginning, what you do at the end can make all the difference in your presentation’s overall impact and success.  Check out these tips from Eric Holtzclaw at Inc. Getting rid of the “questions?” slide. To start, let’s talk about what you shouldn’t do. You shouldn’t end a presentation with a slide that asks “Questions?” Everyone...

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Tell a Meaningful Story With Data

by Terry Gault Periodically, I will be asked about how to effectively present data in ways that are meaningful for an audience.  The short answer to that question is, “Frame it in a story.” That doesn’t give our clients enough to know how to do that step-by-step.  The following piece from ThinkWithGoogle offers some excellent suggestions on how to present your data in a meaningful story. Most organizations recognize that being a successful, data-driven company...

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7 Basic Types of Stories: Which One Is Your Brand Telling?

Creatives explore humans’ archetypal plots By Tim Nudd You think you’re being all clever and original with your brand storytelling. In fact, you’re not. From Shakespeare to Spielberg to Soderbergh, there are really only seven different types of stories, an Advertising Week panel hosted by TBWA suggested on Wednesday. The challenge becomes finding which one best suits your brand, and then telling it skillfully, believably and—if you’re going to invite consumers to join in the...

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Pixar’s 22 Rules to Phenomenal Storytelling

Pixar’s 22 Rules to Phenomenal Storytelling from Gavin McMahon From that primitive stone-age tribe who sat around and listened to stories in their cave to today’s high tech sales force armed with the latest electronics, the art of storytelling survives. Stories capture attention and make information believable, memorable and understandable. Steve Jobs on Pixar and Storytelling YouTube / Gaston M – via Iframely SpeakFearlessly’s Super Storytelling Resource for Presentations Workshop Resource: Super Storytelling

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Five Practices To Prepare For Your Next Presentation

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Tim Zonca, Sr. Director, Product Marketing, Jive Software Recently my team and I were preparing to deliver a series of keynote presentations on a big stage, under a cascade of lights, on a screen that dwarfs most movie theatre screens and in front of an audience that included hundreds of our colleagues and coworkers. Frankly, I love presenting in settings like this. I feel at home, safe...

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