Presentation Preparation Worksheet (.pdf form)

Man’s Heart Stops As Speaker Asks Audience To Turn To Person Next To Them (The Onion)

Amy Cuddy: Power Poses

Examples of 3-minute presentations that use stories and emotion:

What do teachers make?

I ask my group coaching and corporate training clients to create and deliver three-minute presentations, because three minutes is just long enough not to be intimidating, and just short enough to say exactly what needs to be said. Here’s someone who says exactly what needs to be said in just over three minutes. Concise, clear, emotional, persuasive, informative, engaging… What more do you need in a presentation?

VistaPrint commercial, “The Postcard,” that got a lot of buzz:

Full-length version and article

1-minute version:

General info:

5 Ways to Say “I Don’t Know”

3 posts about hecklers and difficult audience members

Speaking from a script doesn’t have to sound scripted and the follow-up post

Three steps for adding analogies to your presentation

Rule of three:

The Rule of Three: A humor technique from the world of comedy

Relaxation/grounding posts:

Blog post: Get grounded

Blog post: How can Olympic athletes help you become a better speaker?(includes links to several related blog posts)

Blog post: Breathe

Blog post: Visualization is for the body as well as the mind

Recommended Reading:

Recommended Reading

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Videos to watch:

Hans Rosling: 2009 2006 2007 (If you watch no other videos on this page, watch Hans Rosling. He’s brilliant at making statistics fascinating and fun. All his videos are listed on this page.)

Sir Ken Robinson on schools killing creativity

Astronaut Chris Hadfield on space toilets

Simon Wardley explains cloud computing

Inspirational speech about riding a bike 

Creative Math Class

Fred Rogers testifying before Congress

Busting the Mehrabian Myth

Tom Peters

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