The science of stage fright (and how to overcome it) - Mikael Cho The “Fight or flight” response is a natural process that is designed to protect your body from harm. When you think about negative consequences, a part of your brain, the hypothalamus, activates and triggers the pituitary gland to secrete the hormone ACTH. This hormone stimulates the adrenal glands in your kidneys and results in the release of adrenaline into your blood. It is at this point in the process when many of us experience the reactions of this process. Your neck and back muscles contract (forcing your head down and your spine to curve) moving your posture into a slouch. Breathing and stretching before going on stage activates the hypothalamus and sends out hormones to trigger a relaxation response.
How to Create an Interesting Infographic Photo Credit: net_efekt via Compfight cc Infographics are a great way to teach information. They are fun and easy to read when done right. Next time you want to share some information don’t use boring text – use an infographic instead! Step 1: Research the ins and outs of your topic
Do Your Slides Pass the Glance Test? - Nancy Duarte by Nancy Duarte | 11:00 AM October 22, 2012 An audience can’t listen to your presentation and read detailed, text-heavy slides at the same time (not without missing key parts of your message, anyway). So make sure your slides pass what I call the glance test: People should be able to comprehend each one in about three seconds. Think of your slides as billboards. When people drive, they only briefly take their eyes off their main focus — the road — to process billboard information. Similarly, your audience should focus intently on what you’re saying, looking only briefly at your slides when you display them. 28 Creative PowerPoint and Keynote Presentation Designs There’s a certain art to putting together a solid presentation and PowerPoint and Keynote are the primary tools of the trade. The “art” comes into play when you’re trying to set yourself apart; so how you use the tools is of great importance. Often it is the design of the presentation itself that does the trick. In an effort to help you put together a great-looking presentation, here are 28 examples of creative presentation designs using Powerpoint and Keynote: 1. 1 Billion Hungry Project 2.
Jennifer Aaker: The Seven Deadly Sins of Storytelling Daniel H. Pink, author of Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, writes, “Right-brain dominance is the new source of competitive advantage.” Tapping the right side of the brain allows for deeper engagement by uniting an idea with an emotion. The best way to do this? Tell a compelling story. Before you craft your story, ask yourself: “Who is my audience and what is my goal in engaging them?” Crafting a Good Story for Your Product Video (free ebook) Guest post by German video producer and author Andreas Zeitler. I started with a long history of screencasting. I discovered over the years, that in education as well as in advertisements, screencasts are just not good enough on their own. Instead we have to utilize many forms of video to create a better and more engaging experience for our audience. In my new ebook (available free from iTunes in iBook format or as a PDF with free subscription), I’m sharing 10 of the most valuable tools video creators can use to create better stories and explain workflows in a more conceivable way.
Garr Reynolds Official Site 1. Keep it Simple PowerPoint uses slides with a horizontal or “Landscape” orientation. The software was designed as a convenient way to display graphical information that would support the speaker and supplement the presentation. The slides themselves were never meant to be the “star of the show” (the star, of course, is your audience). Top 20 Best PowerPoint Presentation Designs Looking for the best PowerPoint presentations to inspire you? We searched high and low to provide you with an out of this world list of the best PowerPoint presentation designs. Presentations don’t only have to be used the day of your pitch. Now with sites like SlideShare, presentations are a great medium for creating unique content. From Slideshares to Ted Talks, here’s a top 20 list of the best PowerPoint presentation designs.
Lessons From Great Storytellers: LinkedIn Speaker Series with Nancy Duarte Great ideas can change the world. But, they can only do so when effectively communicated. A powerful story is one of the best ways we can share our world-changing ideas. From cave paintings dating back to 15,000 BC to the next hit movie, stories fascinate us. They draw us in, move us and inspire us to act. Whether you’re on the frontline engaging customers or a manager inspiring your team at a kickoff meeting, becoming a better storyteller will help you become a more effective business professional.
How to make your own infographic 102 Flares Twitter 36 Facebook 14 Google+ 30 LinkedIn 12 inShare12 Buffer 10 102 Flares × Looking for more shares for your content, links to your site and more attention to the information you are sharing? Infographics are a visual way of representing your data. It is not suitable for all data but for the data that it is suited to it gets a lot more attention than just text.
Structure Your Presentation Like a Story - Nancy Duarte by Nancy Duarte | 8:00 AM October 31, 2012 After studying hundreds of speeches, I’ve found that the most effective presenters use the same techniques as great storytellers: By reminding people of the status quo and then revealing the path to a better way, they set up a conflict that needs to be resolved. That tension helps them persuade the audience to adopt a new mindset or behave differently — to move from what is to what could be. And by following Aristotle’s three-part story structure (beginning, middle, end), they create a message that’s easy to digest, remember, and retell.
5 Steps to Telling Engaging Stories on Your Blog The best bloggers on the planet do three things very well. I call them the 3 E’s. The first two, educate and engage, are the easiest to master. But the third E, entertain, is the one that will set a blogger apart from the masses. The best way to entertain, to keep your reader glued to your page, is to tell a story. Crafting a Good Story for Your Product Video (free ebook) Guest post by German video producer and author Andreas Zeitler. I started with a long history of screencasting. I discovered over the years, that in education as well as in advertisements, screencasts are just not good enough on their own. Instead we have to utilize many forms of video to create a better and more engaging experience for our audience. In my new ebook (available free from iTunes in iBook format or as a PDF with free subscription), I’m sharing 10 of the most valuable tools video creators can use to create better stories and explain workflows in a more conceivable way. One of the most valuable lessons this book teaches is that a good story doesn’t just appear.