Few skills are more important to your success than being a great communicator, both in writing and as a speaker.
In this series, you’ll find the best advice from the top speech coaches in the world to help you design and deliver amazing presentations.
You can start at the first interview and move through the list. Or you can pick and choose the interviews you’d like to read.
Taken together, the ideas in these interviews offer new ways to think about your next presentation.
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Jerry Weissman: Telling Your Story
“In preparing any presentation, you need to think about what the audience knows, doesn’t know, needs to know, feels, thinks, and believes about your subject. In shaping your message, you have to keep the audience’s needs in mind as much as your own.”
Cliff Atkinson: Beyond Bullet Points
“We can learn a lot from storytellers by adapting their process and blending it with classical ideas of persuasion and reasoning to produce a contemporary, human-mediated experience.”
Bert Decker: Communication That Motivates
“When it comes to content, too many people do the exact opposite of what they should: they write their speeches. You should never read a speech, so why write one in the first place? That’s just not the best way to communicate and connect with people. Instead, we should use the best innate ability of our minds, which is to be spontaneous.”
Nick Morgan: Trust Me
“Every communication is two simultaneous conversations—the verbal and the nonverbal. In terms of presence, emotional impact, believability, and creating connections between people, the nonverbal conversation is far more important to us than the verbal one.”
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Gene Zelazny: Make Your Presentations Compelling
“ KISS, KISS, KISS. I take pride in making this my primary responsibility—to simplify. It’s easy to leave things complicated. The challenge is to simplify.”
Roger Courville: How to Deliver a Great Webinar
“People don’t usually need more data; they need story, and meaning, and application.”
Dan Roam: The Antidote to Blah, Blah, Blah
“We have become so enamoured of our ability to talk that we often delude ourselves into thinking that, if we can talk about an idea, we understand it well.”