Tips and Tricks about Presentations

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On August 28, 1963, from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered what is perhaps the most famous speech in American history. His revered “I Have a Dream” speech clocked in at 17 minutes, and has been ranked the top American speech of the 20th century by public speaking scholars. Rightfully so, as King’s speech was a pivotal moment in the Civil Rights Movement, and stands as the epitome of what public speaking should be. It seems a disservice to dedicate only a couple hundred words to King’s monumental “I Have a Dream” speech as entire [...]


The day was June 26, 1963, and the location was notable. Nearly two years after the Berlin Wall was erected by the Soviet Union to eliminate movement between East and West Germany, U.S. President John F. Kennedy traveled to West Berlin to show his support of the democratic state. The resulting speech is remembered as one of JFK’s best, and should rightfully serve as a standard of excellence in public speaking. Always, Know Your Audience We can’t stress it enough: the most important thing about a presentation or speech is the audience. JFK’s speech wouldn’t have made the lasting impression [...]


One of the biggest movies of 2010 was a poignant story about a man in desperate need of overcoming a debilitating stutter. The man was the Duke of York, Prince Albert, the second son of King George V, who was unwittingly poised to become the next king of England. The King’s Speech was a huge success, winning Oscars in the Best Picture, Director, Actor and Screenplay categories. The film is centered around the relationship between Prince Albert and his speech therapist, Lionel Logue. One of the best scenes comes when Logue bets the Duke a shilling that he can recite Hamlet’s [...]


We’ve been thinking a lot about creativity the past few weeks, probably because winter is fast approaching. The days are getting shorter, and the urge to stay in bed and hibernate is becoming stronger and stronger. But alas, we have responsibilities and lives to lead, so we must fight the ever-present urge to sleep in and do our best to seize the day. Here are three resources that will help jumpstart your mind and foster creativity. 1. Brain Pickings Maria Popova curates the brilliant Brain Pickings, which is essentially a collection of all things interesting. Her posts cover most disciplines, [...]


One of our original guiding principles here at Ethos3 is John F. Kennedy’s oft-quoted gem: “The only reason to give a speech is to change the world.” We wholeheartedly believe that a great presentation, or a great speech, can truly change the world. The ultimate goal of any presentation, or act of public speaking, is to influence the audience: to inform, to persuade, to convince or to incite. You don’t have to change the entire world with your words. You’re simply responsible for changing the minds of those listening.   In November 1960, John F. Kennedy was elected the 35th [...]


Over the past couple weeks, we’ve discussed how to use Evernote to prepare for a presentation and the best ways to use it for design inspiration. Today, we’ll continue our series by discussing how to use Evernote to create compelling stories. As we’ve discussed in depth on this blog, we’re storytelling animals. Most every aspect of our lives–– the media we consume, our daily interactions with others, our individual lives as we see them–– is placed into the context of a story. If our day-to-day lives are so enshrouded in stories, why would we exclude them from our presentations? Here [...]