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By Judy Steiner-Williams | Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The Secret to Writing a Memorable Speech

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Whether it aims to inform, persuade, or entertain, a memorable speech is one that gives careful consideration to its structure, its audience, and above all its content.

Sure, it’s helpful to have facts and statistics in a speech, but those can be dry—and, frankly, forgettable.

You can learn how to give a terrific talk with my new Speech Writing course on lynda.com. But if you want to keep your audience’s attention and ensure that your message is remembered long after you’ve dropped the mic, there’s one important thing you need to do:

Tell a story.

By James Fritz | Saturday, May 23, 2015

In Presentations—as in Life—Have a Backup Plan

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“Be prepared” isn’t just a Boy Scout motto; it’s sound advice for everyone.

From having a backup bottle of ketchup in the cupboard to regularly backing up your computer data, having a contingency plan for the unexpected is always a good idea.

Here are a few ways where having a backup plan can really make a difference in your professional life:

By Justin Seeley | Sunday, May 17, 2015

11 Ways to Nail Your Next Presentation

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Delivering a presentation in front of a room full of people can be a daunting task for a lot of us. There are some who appear to be naturals at it—but in truth, the people who do it well are the ones who work the hardest at it.

I started giving public presentations about 10 years ago, and in that time I’ve learned several things that may help you nail your next presentation:

By David Blatner | Thursday, October 30, 2014

Create and Control Your Presentations in InDesign

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Many designers are called upon to give presentations. But instead of creating a PowerPoint or Keynote deck, or even a custom PDF, I suggest you present from the software you know best: InDesign.

In this video, I provide a bunch of handy tips for setting up and delivering your presentation in InDesign.

By Terry Lee Stone | Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Designers: Essential Tips for Presenting to Clients

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When you develop creative solutions for a client, you’re generating answers to whatever problem was described in the creative brief. When you’ve reached a point at which client feedback or approval is required, it’s time to present the work to your client and see if you’ve hit the mark.

As most experienced creative folks will confirm, even the most brilliant work won’t really “speak for itself”—not entirely, at least.

When you’re presenting to clients, how you show your creative work might just be as important as the work itself.

By Todd Dewett | Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Successful Presentations: It's All in the Delivery

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Bad news: Even if your presentation content is perfect, it doesn’t mean you’ll give a good presentation.

It’s entirely possible for you to have all the facts straight, good structure and flow, and engaging visuals—yet still fail to engage your audience.

By Todd Dewett | Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Deliver Engaging Presentations — from Start to Finish

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Whether delivered at work, at a conference, or to a client, a presentation is a rare opportunity to significantly help—or harm—your professional reputation.

You’re on stage, the introduction is over, the microphone is on, and everyone is waiting for you to open your mouth. What will you say?

By Jolie Miller | Wednesday, September 25, 2013

3 tips to rock your next presentation

3 tips to rock your next presentation

Here are three simple tips to help give you confidence and rock the room at your next presentation or speech—whether you’re asking your audience to invest in your idea, support your team’s project, or give you their business.

1. Craft a story
Present a clear problem with a compelling solution, and put your audience at the intersection of the two, bridging the gap for them. For example, let’s say an accounting firm booked fewer clients in July than in June, and needs its CEO to approve a sales plan to reverse the trend in August. How could that plan be communicated to the CEO as a story, telling him how he can achieve his broader goals for the company?

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