10 Ways resonate by Nancy Duarte Will Improve Your Public Speaking
Reading resonate by Nancy Duarte will definitely improve your pubic speaking. Having an idea to change the world is not enough, ideas are plenty! It’s only when that idea can be powerfully articulated, that the world can be changed. As the world becomes more digital, and mobile communications open further channels for people to be heard, the demand and opportunity for those who can eloquently, passionately and artfully cast a vision through public speaking will continue to rise.
While thought leaders and entrepreneurs have the opportunity to inspire action for the greater good, unless they develop the skill of artful speaking, a valuable message will be lost in the noise of nothingness that seems to fill the world today.
If you want to improve your public speaking then by investing in yourself and buying the book “resonate” by Nancy Duarte, you will be setting yourself apart from the crowd by learning from a masterful teacher and coach. Without doubt, this is one of the most powerful, in-depth and thought-provoking books I have ever read on how to improve your public speaking and develop your skill of becoming “An Artful Speaker.”
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In the forward by Dan Post, President and Principal, Duarte Design, he declares that this book is offering a one-of-a-kind learning opportunity to those who take presentations seriously. This is not a lightweight, surface scratching overview of writing speeches and delivering presentations that can be picked up and skim read at your leisure. It is a in-depth almost “dissertation” on the art and skill of storytelling, shaping powerful words and delivering speeches that could change the world. It is a beautifully printed and designed book, on quality paper and with an easy to read style. This is a book that takes time, study and application to draw out the immense benefits that it holds. You could come back to it’s pages time and time again, learning new insights and seeing opportunities for growth. For those who are serious students of becoming “An Artful Speaker,” I would thoroughly recommend investing the money and time to add this book to your study library. Dan Post poignantly reminds those students who study its contents, that those who master the skills in this book are, “often afforded great influence and an enduring legacy” reason enough to buy the book.
The contents of this book are extremely valuable to study and understand however, the real benefit in this book is when “Artful Speakers” sweat over the words, rehearse till it hurts and hone their skills through active feedback, then the true benefit of learning how to “resonate” with an audience will be experienced. As Nancy herself says in the introduction, “a high quality in-person presentation takes time and planning,” and a high percentage of executives understand that communicating clearly impacts their careers and incomes, yet “only 25% put more than two hours into preparing for very high stakes presentations.” With a strong reminder she declares, “words that are carefully framed and spoken are the most powerful means of communication there is.” If you are determined to become an “Artful Speaker,” then purchase “resonate” today, intensely commit to study its contents and then put into practice its principles, and you will experience an acceleration in your ability to communicate effectively.
Here are 10 ways that resonate will benefit your ability to grow as an Artful Speaker.
By investing in resonate it will help you:
- Identify some great communicators and what makes them distinctive and show 16 specific case study lessons you can learn from their communication style or memorable presentations.
- Understand techniques from classic storytelling and cinema on how to connect deeply with an audience to create speeches and presentations that resonate deeply and importantly move people to action.
- Define the primacy of adding “person”ality to your presentations so you can avoid blandness, boredom and predictability.
- Develop presentations that are audience focused, where they are the “hero” of the story and you are the mentor giving advice and direction.
- Recognise and understand the structure of a “hero’s journey” which in turn will help you write speeches and communicate a message that resolves a point of conflict or issue in the lives of the audience.
- Define and construct powerful presentations that compel an audience to engage between two important contrasts, “What is” and “What could be.”
- Understand the importance of creating a S.T.A.R. Moment (Something they’ll Aways Remember) – in previous posts I talked about how you can use a prop for effective speaking, this could be a S.T.A.R. Moment.
- Know the value of using “Repeatable Soundbites” – Powerful phrases that stick in people’s minds. When you can distil your speech into one memorable statement, it’s more likely to stick with the audience.
- Concentrate on creating evocative visuals that distill down PowerPoint presentations to focused, text light images.
- Implement enough practice and rehearsal, because as Nancy says, “redrafts are not option, they are critical to embrace from the start.”
While there are a number of definitions of resonate, one of my favourite is this: “To evoke a feeling of shared emotion or belief. “Studying the wealth of knowledge, wisdom and experience written both on the page, and between the lines, will help you grow tremendously in connecting emotionally with an audience and improve your public speaking skills to become an “Artful Speaker.”
Below is a TEDx Speech by Nancy Duarte where she expands further on the idea of the structure of some of the most famous speeches in history.
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What books have you found that have significantly impacted your skills and knowledge about becoming an “Artful Speaker” I would love to hear from you. Let’s start a conversation! You can email me here or tweet me here.
By Peter Billingham