The Oscars: How Not to Give a Presentation

5 Speech Lessons From the Oscars from Bill Lampton, Ph.D. on Vimeo.

How do you spell boredom? That’s easy.

O-S-C-A-R-S

Or more officially, the annual televised spectacle more formally known as the Academy Awards.

Why is this broadcast the most ballyhooed, hyped, long-awaited program of the year, second only to the Super Bowl in anticipation and in wagers about would-be winners? And why, annually, do people wear out their mute buttons, turn the program off halfway through, and if they record it fast forward through three-fourths of it the next evening?

Here’s why the answer to those key questions relates to you professionally. As part of your professional responsibilities, you speak to audiences–within your organization and beyond your work place. Certainly you don’t want your listeners yawning, moaning, complaining to their seat mates, or leaving early. To make sure you–in show biz terms–give an award-winning speech, watch this brief video. Learn my 5 lessons the Oscars gave us about speeches. And then put this advice into action for your presentations.

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Karen Chace, Masterful Storyteller

Award-winning Storyteller Karen Chace

Wanting to help my WBCX-FM listeners understand the central role of storytelling in our past and present, I interviewed Karen Chace of East Freetown, MA. I couldn’t have made a better selection. In 2009 Karen won the coveted Brother Blue Award. Next month she will travel to Texas and receive the National Storytelling Networks Oracle Award for Service and Leadership in the Northeast.

During our stimulating interview, we covered these and other topics:

–What prompted her to become a professional storyteller
–High points in the historical development of storytelling
–How storytelling skills can apply beneficially to business settings
–Essential ingredients of a great story
–One of Karen’s favorite brief stories from Dan Keding, which she told during the interview
–Storytelling and theater. . .similarities and differences
–Origin of her moniker “Storybug”

HEAR MY INTERVIEW WITH KAREN CHACE
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KAREN’S CONTACT INFORMATION
You’ll find her at http://www.storybug.net While you’re there, visit her fascinating blog–and sign up for her newsletter.

Next time you’re in charge of an event, call Karen. She will inform and entertain your audience in spellbinding fashion. . .after she has researched your organization thoroughly, and discussed what you want her presentation to accomplish.

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DAN KEDING
Dan graciously granted permission for Karen to tell his story during our interview. Here’s how you can follow up with Dan:
Dan Keding’s website: http://www.dankeding.com
The Story of The Two Warriors are on his CD Promises Kept, Promises Broken http://www.dankeding.com/cds.html
The story may also be found in this book: The Healing Heart for Communities
http://tinyurl.com/3kecoot

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