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Would you Like to Create More Engaging Presentations?

July 21, 2014

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Show-and-tell-cover_125x127Does your role involve giving presentations?

Many of us give presentations at least a few times a year. It doesn’t matter if you’re presenting to your team, pitching your services to a potential client, or instructing a class – when you’re speaking in front of others, it’s essential that you know how to inspire and engage them.

In “Show and Tell,” author Dan Roam teaches you how to tell the truth in your presentations, how to use stories to draw people in, and how to use pictures to captivate and inspire your audience.

Take stories, for example. Humans have been telling stories for thousands of years. We respond to stories almost as much as we do pictures. Stories have the power to inspire, to engage, and to convince people to take action. This is why Dan Roam believes that you should be using them in every single presentation that you give.

In the audio clip below, from our Book Insight on “Show and Tell,” we hear about the four types of storyline that you can use in your presentation: the report, the explanation, the pitch, and the drama.

Listen to the full Book Insight in the Mind Tools Club ¦ Install Flash Player.

If you want your presentations to be confident and clear, check out the full Book Insight here.

Question: What do you find most challenging about giving presentations, and how do you overcome it? Join the discussion below!


4 thoughts on “Would you Like to Create More Engaging Presentations?

  1. Bree wrote:

    I agree that telling stories is a great way to convey a message. Yet my challenge is finding the right stories!

    Anyone else have that problem and how do you solve it?

  2. Mika wrote:

    Read, read and read more. Tell stories about your life, things that happened to friends of yours. Read autobiographies of great people. Write down funny / engaging / interesting stories you hear at functions, dinner parties and other social events. Ask for stories on FB… This is becoming a story now!

    1. Bree wrote:

      Thanks Mika, great suggestions. I particularly like asking on FB as you can get almost instant responses and ideas. I do lots of reading anyways, yet perhaps could benefit from varying the types of material I pick up!

  3. Paul wrote:

    I am very glad I found this post. Dan Roam is such an incredible coach when it comes to telling stories, how to use stories to engage people. His methods of creating presentations are really effective like using pictures to draw the audience in. For me, inspiring, having an effect on people’s lives and connecting with them would be truly significant when it comes to presenting and speaking. Being honest is also very important. I think the four storylines to use in the presentation are so brilliant. This totally helped me in making a very good and engaging presentation. Thank you very much for sharing this.

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