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Slideshare of the Day: Pitching Ideas

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Pitching the ultimate idea, yourself, will be the main focus of the Professional Communication and Presentation Reboot. I am busy working on my own body of work today, a collaborative meet up for instructors in the Liberal Studies Department, of which I am a part, but I wanted to take a moment to share an excellent deck on the subject of pitching ideas. What will lead one student to success and another to failure could be all in the way the student sells him or herself. One of my favorite takeaways from this deck, created by , Creative director & partner at Oak & Morrow BV is that a great pitch is all about “them”, the target audience! Keep your audience’s needs and wants in mind and you’ll be that much closer to convincing them you are “The One.”

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Slideshare of the Day: The Joy of Data-Driven Storytelling

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This month, I am working on the first reboot/design and content revision for the online iteration of Professional Communication and Presentation. The focus this time around is on creating a class that is more universally applicable to the degree programs we serve while also giving students further practice with persuasion and helping them articulate who they are as professionals. One of the big focus points of this reboot will be the simplification of our approach to visual design as well as the reinforcement that one way to gain competitive advantage in saturated work markets is to communicate ideas in a visually engaging way. Today, a student shared with me a Slideshare deck that is sure to become a part of how we teach visual design in future Professional Communication and Presentation courses. “The Joy of Data Driven Storytelling,” presented by COO of Guide Leslie Bradshaw and designed by Beutler Ink and Carrie Dobrin is not only a lovely example of evocative visual communication but makes the case that in order to cut through the dense information available on the web, all communicators must find ways to put data, whether qualitative or quantitative, into a visual framework that is also story-driven. It’s inspiring to see business folks making the case for design and conceptual thinking. Check out the deck below!

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TED Talk of the Day: Diana Nyad Finds a Way

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Alex Rister of Creating Communication has been posting a series of articles on the subject of resilience, failure, and success. This theme was echoed today during a consultation with a student who is preparing for her first speech in Professional Communication and Presentation, an analysis of Diana Nyad’s latest TED talk, “Never, ever give up.” If you are not familiar with Nyad, she is the incredible human who swam from Cuba to Florida through 100 miles of shark-infested waters at 60-years old. Her completion of this task was the culmination of a 40-year long dream, her answer to the question “how much life is there left?”

Nyad’s talk is inspiring; it emphasizes the importance of failure and fearlessness as keys to achieving a goal. This is a key mindset shift that every student of presenting and public speaking (even teachers themselves) must make in order to truly grow into the type of communicator who can inspire and move others. The belief that only those who we deem amazing public speakers (Jobs, King, Churchill) have the ability to succeed in a speech situation is what keeps many of us from even trying or tackling a public speaking challenge in the first place. Without a willingness to be vulnerable, to be open to failure, to expect that yes, you will fail at giving an amazing speech or moving others, you will never be able to push and grow and change enough to finally succeed.

But, Nyad teaches us another important lesson related to presenting. Sometimes, even the most impacting and empowering ideas mean nothing unless they are communicated and delivered in a certain way. From her first incredible pause and beautifully vivid description to her honest retelling of the triumphs and trials of her experience, the audience is hooked. Nyad brings her words to life, she empowers the audience not only with her words but also with the way her words meet her audience’s ears. Check out Nyad’s talk below–not only will you learn a bit more about how resilience can help you reach those public speaking, teaching, communicating, designing, or living horizons but you’ll also see just how much power the delivery of an idea can have on that idea’s ability to live.

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Conquer Presentation Anxiety

Today is the first double (8 hours of class) of Professional Communication and Presentation’s October class. We will cover TED, “naked” delivery ala Garr Reynolds, storytelling, and presentation anxiety. In preparation for today’s talk on the subject, I’ve tweaked my already existing deck a bit. Public speaking fear or at least nervousness/anxiety is a common challenge for presenters at all levels of experience. Even if we don’t like to admit it, there is at least one communication situation that will have us running for the nearest door. I share with my class I am always nervous for a few minutes on the first day of class, and I am positively awful in interviews. What sort of communication makes you apprehensive?

 

Happy Wednesday!

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