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Four Techniques for Drawing Business Stories Out of Others – Part 1

Lately I’ve become obsessed with drawing stories out of other people’s lives.  Specifically, I want to help draw business stories out of organizational leaders and subject matter experts so they can use them in presentations and for training others.

I haven’t really found much written on the topic of pulling business stories out of other people – if you know of some good resources, please add descriptions or links to them in the comments below.

In an effort to see what people were doing, I approached a few colleagues I …

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Is It Ever OK to Cry When You’re Presenting? It Depends.

I watched a TED Talk recently in which the speaker, Dr. Peter Attia, choked up.  His throat caught as he appeared to be fighting back tears.  The emotions which surfaced were a mixture of regret, remorse and shame.  He came across as sincere and committed to the topic of this talk – challenging the way we think about diabetes and obesity.

Here’s his TED Talk.

 Is It Ever OK to Cry When You’re Presenting?  It Depends
While this ultimately has to be a question that each presenter must answer for his or herself, here are some rules …

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Help Your Sale Prospects Change Their Own Minds

Mr. Camito was my 4th grade teacher.

I remember him especially well for two reasons.

One – I didn’t have many men teachers growing up.

Two – He and my mother had a lengthy exchange based on a comment on my after my report card about me talking too much in class.   The exchange ended with the suggestion of duct tape for my mouth.  While it was a little funny, I felt badly for not being the perfect little student.

 

Six years ago, I heard World …

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The Top 3 Ways Speakers Confuse Their Audiences

If you’ve ever been on a webinar you know that most webinar tools have a “chat” feature.  It’s a place where participants can go to ask questions of the presenter.

Earlier today I was on a webinar hosted by the Greater Atlanta Chapter of the American Society of Training and Development (ASTD).  As you can see from the picture in this post, I asked of the presenter “can you give examples to help us understand.”  As I continued to listen, I saw Sarah Gilbert type in …

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Most Popular Blog Posts of 2012

With just a few days left in 2012, let’s take a look back and the most popular blogs of 2012! Did your favorite make the list?


#1 – Thank You to Big Fish Games
May 12th, 2012
Life does keep us humble sometimes, yes??

My number one post for the Speaking Practically blog… had nothing at all to do with presentations!

I got …

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Declare Your Independence! Ditch the Default!

The first time I heard the word “default” used in the world of technology, I wasn’t sure what the person meant. I hadn’t been in IT long and everyone else seemed to know what the guy was talking about but me. I was embarrassed to ask but eventually I figured out from the context that the “default” was the way a computer program comes up as originally programmed. The program can be changed, but it takes action on the part of the person using the program …

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Using Stories in Presentations – How to Spontaneously Uncover Personal Stories

I worry sometimes that I’m a one-upper… you know, that person that hears you tell a story, then tries to one-up you with a story of their own.

I don’t like to think of myself as a one-upper, but whenever I listen to a story, my mind instantly goes to work searching for something in my background that is similar to the circumstances that I’m hearing.

If you tell me the story of how you met your spouse, I immediately think of the great story about how my …

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Top 10 Blog Post – Speaking Practically – Improving Presentations

In keeping with the theme of the end of year lists, below are the Top 10 Speaking Practically Blog Posts based on the number of views.  I hope you enjoy the recap and will explore any interesting posts you may have missed!  Thanks for clicking!

 

 

 

#1 Most Viewed Post – 5 Golden Rules of Speaking to Promote Your Business, …

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Be Original Already

When I first started earnestly blogging this year, I created an elaborate two-part post based on a presentation I’d just watched.  The person who was doing the presentation is well known in her industry and for me, the blog post served as way to help me learn and reinforce the lessons I’d learned from her.  Take my word for it – the presenter gave great information and I wrote a brilliant accounting of her wisdom…

You have to take my word for it because of what happened next.

As I …

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Unused Story Files Stories – Tough Gal Waitress

Does the Tough Gal Waitress Story Make a Point about Presentation Skills?

This will be my final post in my “stories in search of a point” series – but we’re going to change it up a bit.

I could see a few points that could come out of this next story but here’s the twist – I’d like to see if there’s a point I could make that relates to presentation skills.  After all, the programs I do are all geared toward presentation skills so it …

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