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Stephanie Scotti

Lessons in Authenticity from Steve Jobs

By SpeakerNotes

Ever watch Apple co-founder and CEP Steve Jobs on stage? Sure, you have — the media gives us regular glimpses of his famous keynote addresses, generally delivered during a high-profile product launch like the iPad or iPhone 4.

But have you ever seen an awkward, under-rehearsed and somewhat uncomfortable Steve Jobs presentation? I have. The speech I’m talking about is Jobs’ address to the 2005 graduating class of Stanford University. Under rehearsed, looking rather awkward and clearly reading his script, he still managed to keep me glued to the computer screen. Watch this video and see what you can learn.

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Improving the “Stickiness” of Your Big Ideas

By Book Reviews

The title of this book certainly “stuck” with me over the past few months – it seemed it was being mentioned wherever I went.
When I finally picked up my own copy and brought it on a recent flight, I was glad I did. Like a fun, upbeat friend, Made to Stick kept me company during the trip, with content that was at once entertaining, educational and exhilarating.
Accomplished educators and idea collectors Chip and Dan Heath offer up practical, tangible strategies for making your ideas stick – a concept that should resonate with any presenter faced with a high-pressure, high-stakes situation.

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How to Enjoy Being Set Up

By SpeakerNotes

How often have you stood in the wings before a presentation and cringed as the person introducing you inadvertently mischaracterized the focus of your talk, distracted the audience with unexpected remarks, or recited your entire bio word for word?

If you’re guilty of leaving this critical component of your presentation to chance, raise your hand. Rest assured, you are not alone. However, I can’t help but wonder, with all the time and effort we put into our presentations, why we invest such little time and effort into planning and rehearsing our introductions.

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From Paper to Podium: Rehearse Your Way to Success

By SpeakerNotes

On average, it takes three to five focused rehearsals for a speaker to really seal the deal — especially when it comes to critical or career-defining presentations.
Certainly, preparing for a weekly staff meeting report doesn’t demand three to five rehearsal sessions. But when the pressure’s on, there’s no replacement for a structured rehearsal plan that will help deliver the results you need when you step up to the podium.

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