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How to Bring the Element of Surprise to Your Business Storytelling

Posted by Bridget Beirne

July 28, 2017

 

Great storytelling is surprising. When we watch an excellent movie, see a compelling play, or read a great book, the best ones have events that we don't see coming. In fact, one of my favorite reactions to anything I watch, listen to, or read is, "WHAT?! That came out of nowhere!"

When you use a well-told story to lead an audience towards a big reveal in your presentation, you help them question their own assumptions; especially useful if you're presenting for an audience who might not be on your side. Storytelling not only gets you closer to your audience and your goals for them, but also gives you a means to build intrigue for an important revelation.

In order to bring the element of surprise to your business storytelling, there are a few steps you can follow to build something your audience will never see coming. Have you tried any of the following? If not, give these a go during your story development:

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Topics: Business Storytelling

Presentation Skills Training: Maximizing Presentation Time

Posted by Blog Tipster

July 21, 2017

 

Presenting can feel like a race against the clock. So much content, so little time! So, what can you do if your presentation time is up, yet you've got more to say? Today's presentation skills training "What if..." offers tips for managing time before and during your presentation.

 

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Topics: Presentation Skills Training

Presentation Skills Training: Managing Visuals and Storytelling

Posted by Blog Tipster

June 27, 2017

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We've got an answer to another great presentation skills training "What If..." today. Need some quick advice on how to leverage your visuals when telling a story in a presentation? Here's a high-level overview of some things to keep in mind to make sure that your story and visuals are supporting, not fighting against, each other.

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Topics: Presentation Skills Training

Team Ovation Takes the Stage! Summer/Fall 2017 Edition

Posted by Blog Tipster

June 9, 2017

Team Ovation doesn't only travel near and far to help people improve their communication skills. As professional actors, we're on the road for show business, too. See where you can catch our team members busy on stage, screen, and in the director's chair this summer and fall:

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Topics: Acting, Theatre

Presentation Skills Training: Dealing with Disruptive Audience Members

Posted by Blog Tipster

May 19, 2017

Presenting can be difficult enough when you're speaking to a respectful crowd. But what if you've got an audience member that, for whatever reason, is bound and determined to disrupt the proceedings? The answer to today's presentation skills training "What if..." comes to you directly from the pages of Presentation Skills for Managers: (Remember you can download the full "What if..." chapter HERE.)

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Topics: Presentation Skills Training