Welcome! You may have read here before about the importance of storytelling for public speakers. It’s so important, in fact, that we’re making it our theme for this week.
In the Fireside with Voxgig podcast, you’ll hear Doug Thompson talk to me about how he trains his sales staff in improvization skills in order to help them incorporate stories into their public speaking.
David JP Phillips, meanwhile, tells us in a fascinating TEDx talk about how we can put the science of connecting with people to real, practical use in our talks. Get your neurotransmitters ready!
If you’re anything like me, you might be a little terrified at the thought that we only have the first 60 seconds of any talk to grab our audience. Our blog post this week looks at the advice given by Darlene Price, president of Well Said, Inc., in a new book about how to give killer presentations. Darlene tells us “put the art in the start”!
Lots to get to grips with this week! Enjoy!
Richard

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Voxgig podcast

Doug Thompson, Senior Technology Strategist with the Microsoft Education sales team, makes a point to talk to his audience before and after his talks. He tells us about the value of improv theatre workshops, explains the importance of storytelling, and shares how rewarding it is to see people putting into action the ideas he has given them. Listen to the full podcast here.

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The magical science of storytelling

David JP Phillips

The man behind how to avoid “death by PowerPoint” explains the science involved in audience connection and how to use it to your advantage. Watch David’s talk here.

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Blog post

7 excellent ways to start a presentation and capture your audience’s attention

When we speak, we have about 60 seconds to capture our audience’s attention, establish credibility, orient them to our topic, and motivate them to listen. Don’t waste those precious opening seconds. Discover how.

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Can I ask you for a favor? If you enjoy this newsletter and find it useful, please consider recommending it to a friend who is learning to give technical talks, or who aspires to do so. I meet so many cool programmers who have brilliant things to share with the world—that’s you!
Please help me to improve this newsletter. I’d love to hear your suggestions! You can email me directly at richard@voxgig.com. You can tweet too: @voxgig. Thank you so much for reading!
A special thanks and shout out to newsletter curator Cora for helping to make this newsletter even better!
– Richard
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