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Making Your Presentation an Immersive Experience

A presentation occurs during a set time frame. It has a beginning and an ending. This might be comforting to think about if you are nervous about it. But all presenters want our words to have impact outside of our presentations. In order to do that, we have to think about the presentation less like an event and more like an immersive experience. Today we’ll take some cues from film director James Cameron and apply them to the world...

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New Stories, Old Narratives

How do you create a presentation that is both timely and timeless? It can be tough to speak into trends, to display modern sensibilities, but to also craft a presentation that will stand the test of time. But you can do just that if you infuse your message with new stories and old narratives. Here’s how. Stories Versus Narratives Presentations involve both stories and narratives. If you are thinking, wait a second, I thought stories...

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3 Productivity Tricks for Presenters

Does it seem harder to get things done around this time of year? Something about the return of warm, sunny days always does something to my productivity. And it’s not something positive. Around this time of year, I find myself struggling to get things done. And I know I’m not alone. One of my favorite writers, Shauna Niequist recently shared this on her social media: “Good morning from the land of writing deadlines [which] means...

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Technology Can’t Beat the Human Connection

We can do a lot of cool stuff with presentation technology these days, and that’s exciting. In our posts, we often teach you about these new tools and encourage you to put them to use. But today we want to take some time to remember the importance of human connection and the balance between that and technology. At the heart of presentations is a deeply human element that can’t be ignored. Public speaking always has been and always...

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Visualization: Imagine Your Way to A Better Presentation

“Imagine your way to a better presentation?” If you are thinking I’m crazy, I get it. That sounds fluffy and idealistic, right? But visualization, using your mind to imagine a certain scenario, isn’t just for athletes looking to improve their performance. Let me share some encouraging research with you which demonstrates how much control our brains have over our bodies. Visualization is a powerful practice with great potential...

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The Evolutionary Reason We Can’t Shake Public Speaking Fear

The human race has made huge leaps in technology and science. We understand more than ever about the neuroplasticity of our brains. We use social media and technology to connect with strangers all over the planet. And we enjoy medical advancements that extend our life expectancy and fight back global pandemics. So why can’t we make the same progress when it comes to public speaking fear? For nearly two decades I have watched public...

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Creating a Multimodal Masterpiece With Online Platforms

On Wednesday we talked about what it means to give a multimedia or multimodal presentation and why it’s so important. But how do we create multimedia presentations when so much of our business these days is conducted via online platforms? By Tay Vaughan’s definition in his book Multimedia: Making It Work, a multimedia presentation combines elements of text, images, sound, animation, and video. Below are 3 ways to get creative with...

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What is a Multimedia or Multimodal Presentation?

Say you are asked to give a multimedia presentation for your company. Or you are invited to attend a multimodal talk on an important topic. The terms “multimedia” and “multimodal” are hot ones these days when it comes to talking about presentations. I have to confess that these terms remind me of something similar. Have you ever seen cooking shows where a chef makes something amazing and then gives it a name that is impossibly...

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Online Platforms Aren’t Just for Meetings

It’s been over a year since the COVID-19 virus brought the world to a halt. At first, most of us were scrambling to figure out how to move our business to online platforms. To bridge the necessary gaps with technology. Over time, this technology has become second nature to us. And “hop on a Zoom call” or “chat over Teams” has become part of our everyday language. These days, we are still using online platforms like Zoom and...

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Information Capacity: Getting Our Presentation To Sink In

Information capacity. Bandwidth. Attention span. These are all ways of asking, how much of what I present is actually going to sink in with my audience? And it’s a great question. But it’s a complicated one. Mirko Di Bernardo says in his 2009 book on neuroplasticity and memory that, “It is estimated that the brain of a mammal is composed of about a hundred billion nerve cells and connections between these cells are many times...

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How a Neuroscientist Fights Fear

In December of 2020, Brené Brown sat down to have a conversation with David Eagleman for her Unlocking Us podcast. Eagleman is a neuroscientist, a TED speaker, a New York Times best-selling author, and a teacher at Stanford University, among many other things. In their conversation, they talked about the power of the human brain. Towards the end of the podcast, Dr. Brown asked Dr. Eagleman this question: “Say you are called to be...