You’ve been in that terrible position. That dull, mind-numbing state of being that we call the boring presentation.
Lemme guess. It’s in a dark room. There’s a projector showing a handful of abysmal graphs and an endless list of bullet points. These things are bad, but the worst part is that your speaker is droning in a monotone fashion. It’s a show we’ve all seen many times before, and yet nothing changes.… Continue Reading →
Our First Guest Post on Forbes: 5 All-Star Techniques You Can Use In Your Next Speaking Gig
Big day for us…our writers at Hook-Line-Sinker are now guest posting exclusive presentation articles on Forbes. Please check out our first and not definitely last blog post on Forbes called “5 All-Star Techniques You Can Use in Your Next Speaking Gig.”
This articles shares with common audiences how star presenters like Steve Jobs, Chris Rock, Martin Luther King Jr. Tony Hsieh, and Bill Clinton work their magic in enchanting audiences.
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“Practice makes perfect.”
We’ve all heard it. Many, many times, in fact.
Although it has been repeated many times over your lifetime, it still rings truth. In any skill that you choose to pursue, if you practice it enough, you will be nearly perfect at it. There’s no way to get around it. Unless you are naturally talented at something or get extremely lucky, odds are the only way to “sharpen your sword,” so to speak , is through repetition.… Continue Reading →
This week’s presentation breakdown features Missing Link CEO and former rock star roadie Rich Mulholland. After operating lights for bands like Iron Maiden and Def Leppard, Mulholland started South Africa’s first presentation company, Missing Link. He is also an outstanding speaker and education activist.
In this TED talk, Mulholland speaks about his proposition of reinventing the educational system. He believes that people should never stop learning.… Continue Reading →
[Update 7/26: Some people say that the link isn't working for them to download the whitepaper. Just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll be happy to shoot it your way.]
Kenny here. Today, I’d like to give our loyal blog followers, a nice little present from the Big Fish Presentations team.
You can now download our newest white-paper Seven Ways to Rock Your Next Presentation by clicking on the picture above or clicking the link here.… Continue Reading →
“The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.” – Mark Twain
“Um, you know, like…”
You’ve heard it many, many times in your daily life. Whether it’s your friend telling a story, your teacher giving a lesson, or even at a professional business pitch or speech. I bet you say it all of the time and don’t even realize it!… Continue Reading →
Did you know modern statistics state that you have 60 seconds or less to capture your audience’s attention?
You’ve might have heard it before, but maybe not in terms of presentations. It’s crucial to understand the importance of grasping an audience’s attention in the first moments of a talk. Your opening lines set the tone for your overall performance, so a great opener will prepare and intrigue the audience and ensure that your message is effectively received.… Continue Reading →
This week’s presentation breakdown features brand specialist Rory Sutherland. ”Rory Sutherland stands at the center of an advertising revolution in brand identities, designing cutting-edge, interactive campaigns that blur the line between ad and entertainment.” (TED.com) We take a look at his newest TED talk as he delves into the realm of perspective, applying psychological solutions to economical and technological problems. Take a gander, and let us know what you think in the comments below or via Twitter or Facebook as well!… Continue Reading →
Public speaking is the number one fear in America. Death is number two.
From sweaty palms to cracking voices, speaking publicly can be terrifying, yet it is a crucial skill to have in the business world. We’d like to alleviate some of this stress by offering up some inspirational, informative quotes. These quotes are in no particular order, and the speakers range from well-known orators to presentation gurus.… Continue Reading →
So we’ve got numerous requests to do more of these TED presentation breakdowns, so we’ve thought to ourselves, “Why not feature the latest and coolest presentations?”
And that’s what we’re doing.
Today we’re featuring Simon Sinek’s “How Great Leaders Inspire Action” presentation:
Please see below our breakdown on how Sinek enchants his audience.
“How Great Leaders Inspire Action”
0:00-0:28 – Begins the presentation with a series of questions to the audience
- Right off the bat, Sinek has engaged the audience with a deep question, one that actually stimulates thought and creates a tiny wisp of suspense. There is no doubt about where the presentation is going. Sinek is using the question to make a statement. This is a very easy and effective way of stating a point.
… Continue Reading →