storytelling

Make Product Demos Rock – Build Them Around A Story

Great example of weaving a story into a product demo.   When I advocate storytelling as an integral part of compelling presentations, I often hear this question from technical presenters (sales engineers, product managers, engineers, etc.): “How do I use stories in product demos?” Customers don’t use technology products in a vacuum.  They use them to solve real problems, problems they care about solving.  One of the key reasons for doing a product demo is...

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Inspiration trumps clicks

I was very proud of the work of my client, Peter Arvai, the CEO of Prezi. Peter delivered a meaningful talk at the Bits & Pretzels conference in Germany in late September 2015. The video is embedded below. Notice the presentation best practices that Peter models during the talk: He opens with a compelling personal story that incorporates all the elements of good storytelling: Characters, conflict, dialogue, high stakes, and a big helping of personal...

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Podcast Serial is addicting, entertaining and offers good lessons on storytelling

I’ve become addicted. Specifically, I’ve become addicted to the viral podcast, Serial by Sarah Koenig. Serial is a podcast from the creators of  This American Life.  Serial tells one story – a true story – over the course of an entire season.  Its fascinating listening and a great way to kill time while you are commuting or on a plane. As the podcast website states: On January 13, 1999, a girl named Hae Min Lee,...

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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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September Art of Prezi Workshop with The Henderson Group

We have a couple of seats left for the Sept. 22-23 Art of Prezi in San Francisco.  We’re also beginning to fill upcoming Art of Prezi workshops.  Please contact Chuck at 415-292-7587 or send us a message at the bottom of this post for more information or to reserve a seat. Art of Prezi with Terry Gault and Summer Thommen in San Francisco, CA. Prezi is quickly becoming the preferred alternative to stale and tedious...

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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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6 Most Memorable Oscar® Speeches per Toastmasters (+ 2 Terry Gault faves)

In my view, they’ve left out two of my personal all-time favorites. Dustin Hoffman won the Oscar for Best Actor in “Kramer vs. Kramer” released in 1979.  His candor and heartfelt sentiments have stuck with me since I first saw in in 1980. It’s cool to see a very young Meryl Streep who won her very first Oscar playing Hoffman’s wife. John Patrick Shanley, one of my favorite playwrights, who won for Best Screenplay for...

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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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Storytelling Made Me Actually Watch the New United Flight Safety Video

by Terry Gault For 17 years I have flown between 30 – 70k miles per year for The Henderson Group business. If you are a frequent flyer like me, you’ve probably become immune to the pre-flight safety announcements or even (like me) find them an annoying distraction. Since SFO is a United Airlines hub and offers more flights, I have become addicted to their frequent flier miles though I find the “user experience” often lacking....

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