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How to Give a Compelling Presentation

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Job interviews, client pitches, team meetings—we all have to give a presentation at some point. How do we make them powerful and memorable? Through storytelling.

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How to Give a Compelling Presentation

  1. 1. Me
  2. 2. How to Give a 
 Compelling Presenta4on Melanie Seibert Sr. Content Strategist @ WillowTree
  3. 3. Giving presenta4ons is a valuable skill.
  4. 4. Giving presenta4ons can be painful
  5. 5. Giving presenta4ons can be painful when you’re unprepared.
  6. 6. Being prepared lets you turn painful experiences into triumphant ones.
  7. 7. – Your scout troop leader “Be prepared.”
  8. 8. So how do we prepare for a presenta4on?
  9. 9. So how do we prepare for a presenta4on? 5 steps
  10. 10. 1. Tell stories
  11. 11. What is a story?
  12. 12. What is a story?
  13. 13. A story tradi4onally has 3 parts: What is a story?
  14. 14. A story tradi4onally has 3 parts: • Act 1: Beginning or introduc4on What is a story?
  15. 15. A story tradi4onally has 3 parts: • Act 1: Beginning or introduc4on • Act 2: Middle What is a story?
  16. 16. A story tradi4onally has 3 parts: • Act 1: Beginning or introduc4on • Act 2: Middle • Act 3: Ending What is a story?
  17. 17. “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” What is a story?What is a story? — Commonly a4ributed to Ernest Hemingway
  18. 18. “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” What is a story?What is a story? Beginning — Commonly a4ributed to Ernest Hemingway
  19. 19. “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” What is a story?What is a story? Beginning Middle — Commonly a4ributed to Ernest Hemingway
  20. 20. “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” What is a story?What is a story? Beginning Middle Ending — Commonly a4ributed to Ernest Hemingway
  21. 21. Why stories?
  22. 22. Stories are powerful.
  23. 23. Stories connect us.
  24. 24. Stories are memorable.
  25. 25. 2. You’re not the hero
  26. 26. Watch it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v76f6KPSJ2w
  27. 27. Stories reach your audience powerfully when they are about them.
  28. 28. Stories reach your audience powerfully when they are about them. Not you
  29. 29. 3. Build a connec4on & invite them in
  30. 30. Watch it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JVz-fO7kxcQ
  31. 31. 4. Don’t be a jerk
  32. 32. Don’t be a jerk
  33. 33. The Internet responded… Don’t be a jerk
  34. 34. Don’t be a jerk
  35. 35. Don’t be a jerk
  36. 36. Don’t be a jerk
  37. 37. Don’t be a jerk
  38. 38. How not to be a jerk? Don’t be a jerk
  39. 39. How not to be a jerk? • Ask friends to review your presenta4on Don’t be a jerk
  40. 40. How not to be a jerk? • Ask friends to review your presenta4on • Approach “hot topics” with cau4on Don’t be a jerk
  41. 41. 5. Give them a takeaway In 10 words or less.
  42. 42. Like this one: Give them a takeaway
  43. 43. Like this one: Give them a takeaway Being prepared lets you turn painful experiences into triumphant ones.
  44. 44. Thanks! You can get in touch on Twi[er: @melanie_seibert.
  45. 45. Thanks to Ben Bloodworth Jeff Seibert

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