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Build Narrative Into Your Presentations

with Kimberly MacLean and Sammy Wegent

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  •   01 Class Introduction & Warm-up

    07:57
  •   02 How to Discover Your Personal Stories

    15:49

Class duration: 1h 30m

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About The Class

Discover the Magic of Storytelling and How It Can Elevate All Your Communications

When you watch a movie, read a book or even listen to a song, what’s the thing that draws you in? The story. By framing what you want to express within a narrative, you help people better understand, follow and care about what you’re saying.

Infusing stories in all of your business communications—from presentations to meetings to casual interactions—will get your colleagues to really listen to what you’re saying. They’ll also enjoy listening to you and never find you boring.

This class will help you develop ways to structure, create and explore narrative. We’ll use tried and true improvisational techniques as well easy, practical and applicable tools. By the end, you’ll be able to mesmerize your audiences and have them hanging on your every word.

In this class, you’ll learn how to:

  • Connect with others through story.
  • Use a story spine to craft your story, give it definition and develop mission visions.
  • Explore different ways to add story to everything you present and share.
  • Personalize your content so you can ease your nerves and establish deeper connections with your audience and colleagues.
  • Avoid presentations that are too long or too short, rambling, overly technical, and either too high level or too complex.
  • Conquer your stage fright by weaving in a familiar story so you can connect to yourself more deeply and feel a sense of calm on stage.
  • Inspire and engage your audience with a great hook that’s never boring.


Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction & Warm-up

    07:57
  2. 02

    How to Discover Your Personal Stories

    15:49
  3. 03

    Add Simple Structure to Your Story

    18:44
  4. 04

    Paint a Picture with Words

    12:07
  5. 05

    Using Metaphors & Similes

    07:53
  6. 06

    Expand Your Elevator Pitch

    11:01
  7. 07

    Present Like an Improviser

    16:31

Meet Your Experts

Kimberly MacLean

Kimberly is the Director of Learning at Speechless and a driving force behind their training programs, curriculum, and processes across the globe. She has been a main stage company member of BATS Improv since 2006, is a professor at California College of the Arts & ACT’s Summer Training Congress, and is a producer of the SF Improv Festival.
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Sammy Wegent

Sammy is the Co-Founder and CEO of Speechless, a startup based in San Francisco that produces live comedy shows and learning experiences that use improvisation techniques to make public speaking more fun and less scary. ... read more

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