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Your quick guide to effective public speaking

Are you getting ready to speak in public for the first time? Or perhaps you speak in public now and then but would like a fast refresher on how to make your next speech come off poised, polished and professional? Here’s your quick and easy guide to effective public speaking – complete with nine simple […]

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Why your C-suite needs to use the same public speaking coach

A C-suite that’s looking to elevate itself should look no further than its public speaking coach. Why? Because executives and others who learn how to be better public speakers can improve their value by as much as 50 percent, according to billionaire Warren Buffett. That’s the nugget he gave to a roomful of Columbia University […]

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Why so many corporate stories are boring

When you tell a corporate story — no matter what it’s about — do you delight with details? Details can turn a boring story into an intensely interesting one so that readers are intrigued enough to keep on reading. Here are excerpts from a corporate story about a company planning a major move to a […]

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Why you should focus on feelings in B2B storytelling

Stories that make readers feel something are more likely to be remembered. So check your corporate storytelling for basic human emotions. Noted psychologist Robert Plutchik said there are eight primary emotions along with secondary and tertiary emotions. The eight primary emotions are: Joy Trust Fear Surprise Sadness Disgust Anger Anticipation Let’s look at an example. In a […]

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How to pinpoint the purpose of your corporate story

Corporate storytelling must have a business purpose and a business context. Do you know your story’s WHY or reason for being? Try this formula:  Fill in the blanks of the following sentence to create a purpose statement that will guide your corporate storytelling from start to finish.   The purpose of this story is to show how […]

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Do you know the 5 fundamentals of corporate storytelling?

Corporate stories are no different than any other story. They simply have a business purpose and a business context. When it comes to corporate storytelling, it’s important to know and apply the basics — whether you’re writing B2B articles, interviews, content, collateral, websites or white papers. Here are five corporate storytelling fundamentals you should know. Who are the characters in […]

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How to gain back more time for deeper strategic thinking

If you’re an executive, you’re likely giving speeches and presentations with important messages related to your company’s mission, vision and expectations for your team. But how effective and efficient are your speeches and presentations? Take this simple quiz to find out. First, think about the last speech or presentation you gave on mission, vision or […]

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What to look for in audience surveys after you deliver a keynote speech

If you deliver a keynote as part of a larger meeting or conference, sending out a quick survey right afterward is a great way to begin judging whether your message has begun to resonate with your audience. After the surveys come back, it’s well worth your time not only to review the quantitative results but […]

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3 mandatory elements of truly motivational speeches

Speakers deliver motivational speeches for one reason: to provide the insight, guidance and encouragement people need to achieve a defined goal.  For a B2B company, that goal might be taking risks to innovate and then launch an exciting new product – or responding fast to build on momentum gained in a niche market. But unless […]

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Memorable corporate storytelling (what every CEO wants more of)

When is a corporate story more than just a story? When it’s conceived and written with purpose: to help a CEO advance his or her top priorities for the organization. This month I ran a little experiment by reviewing corporate stories written for an organizational client over the last 16 months. I wanted to take […]

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