From Contently: Apple fever took over the Internet today with the announcement of three exciting new products: the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and the Apple Watch. But while everyone was tweeting about Apple’s latest efforts to lead the tech gospel, they were missing the most major industry announcement of September: the launch of IKEA’s new bookbook.
Nancy Duarte and Garr Reynolds chat at Duarte's new offices in Sunnyvale, CA. Download slides at Slideshare
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From Duarte: Kate Middleton received a lot of press attention this week for delivering her first public speech as the Duchess of Cambridge. In her three-minute address at the Treehouse, a hospice run by East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices, she tried to connect with her audience and make a favorable first impression. The Duchess faced a challenge familiar to many newly promoted business leaders, elected officials and public figures: with so much riding on first impressions, what can you do to win the favor of your audience? Here are some tips to help those stepping into the spotlight shine.
From Kristin Arnold at ChangeThis: While it will always be easier to recite information (one-way) than it is to make an engaging speech (two-way) presentation that connects with your audience, today’s audiences are demanding more engagement and interaction. Their lives are full of instant updates and streaming headline news sent straight to their cell phones. They are expecting you to bring specific knowledge they can’t get anywhere else and deliver it in an entertaining way. Unfortunately, most people rely on a few tried (yet true) techniques to engage an audience and rarely stumble outside their comfort zone. If you truly want to connect with your audience, you can choose to make your presentations more engaging and interactive.
From the "I have a dream" speech to Steve Jobs’ iPhone launch, all great presentations have a common architecture. At TEDxEast, Nancy Duarte draws lessons on how to make a powerful call-to-action.
From Garr Reynolds: Books that I read (or reread) over the past year that you may want to read as part of your own continuous improvement journey.
From TEDx Brussels: Dance your PhD founder John Bohannon & Black Label Movement demonstrate that dance can make science and even complex problems easier to understand.
From Nancy Duarte: Public speaking is hard enough, and working with an interpreter complicates things… unless you’re prepared.
Presence — we all know when someone has it. We also can tell when someone doesn’t have it. But what is it? Carla Kimball has spent much of her adult life exploring presence, originally as a dancer, then a yoga teacher, and now as a public speaking presence coach and photographer.
From Seth Godin: The typical person speaks 10 or 12 sentences a minute. The atomic method requires you to create a slide for each sentence. For a five minute talk, that’s 50 slides. Each slide must have either a single word, a single image or a single idea.
From Nancy Duarte: It’s easy to admire the product innovator who made a product before you knew you need it, the visionary who successfully established company strategy through counter-intuitive, disruptive moves. So, if Ronald Reagan is The Great Communicator and Richard Feynman is The Great Explainer, might Mr. Jobs be The Great Presenter?