What You Should Learn From Awesome Speakers (And Why Imitation is Folly)

Learn from JFK Public SpeakingIf you want to hone your speaking skills, should you check out the best practices of awesome speakers and make it your business to learn from these folks so you can emulate or even imitate what they do?

After all, why reinvent the wheel if you don’t have to and weren’t Mark Twain and George Bernard Shaw right when they said:

  • “There’s no such thing as a new idea. That’s impossible.” and
  • “Imitation isn’t just the sincerest form of flattery – it’s the sincerest form of learning”.

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Create More Compelling Facebook Videos With These 7 Ideas from Andrea Vahl

Facebook video tips from andrea vahlVideo content isn’t just hot these days; it has become the dominant type of content consumed online (In fact, studies show it’s set to account for 74% of all web traffic this year).

And if you’re not creating easy to find and compelling video content to promote your business on Facebook or YouTube, chances are you’ll lose out to competitors who do. After all, out of sight is out of mind.

But, here’s the snag. Although 96% of businesses say they plan to use video over the next year, many business leaders either don’t know or have yet to figure out how to create interesting video content.

If that sounds like you and you’d like some quick tips that can set you up for greater success when creating video – in this case for Facebook – you’re in luck…

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My Faith in Others is Renewed – A Belgian Story About Going The Extra Mile

Walk your talkI did something really stupid en route to a wedding in Brussels with my wife today (and revisited a valuable lesson along the way).

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3 Lessons Steven Spielberg Can Teach You About Better Storytelling

Uncover storytelling secrets for speakers from Stephen SpielbergAre there secrets to better storytelling?

You bet. In the hands of a master, like filmmaker extraordinaire Steven Spielberg, ordinary or even ‘meh’ stories can be transformed into riveting fare.

And much of what sets Steven apart as a teller of tales comes from his ability to find and use ‘outside of the box’ nuances to heighten viewer experiences.

Here’s a for instance quote that illustrates how he thinks:

“Why pay a dollar for a bookmark? Why not use your dollar as a bookmark?”

Don’t you love it?

By looking beyond the obvious, he finds myriad ways to add new angles, flavours and/or perspectives to most any story.

And in today’s video I dig into 3 specific things Spielberg does when telling stories that can instantly help you to boost your storytelling impact.

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