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6 Persuasion Elements in Storytelling: Are you Using These Tactics?

Yesterday was the final ‘presentation showcase’ day for Pro Track Speakers Academy – a yearlong boot camp for emerging speakers at the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers (CAPS). I had the privilege of evaluating the final presentations along with two of my esteemed CAPS colleagues Peri Shawn and Richard Peterson.

While we covered the gamut in our feedback critiques, the art and skill of storytelling was the prevalent theme that was woven throughout the fabric of the day. Everyone incorporated story and more than a few were masterful storytellers.

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Preparation Checklist for Intentional Selling Success

Check-List-Sales-PreparationPreparation is the first step in the Intentional Selling 6-Step Process, as it is in any sales system process. Yet, when I work with sales professionals and we do a post-mortem sales autopsy, it’s the first place things go wrong – in the preparation, before there’s even any contact with the client!

Don’t let this happen to you. It’s avoidable. You have control over your sales preparation.

Failing to prepare is preparing to fail. But not all preparation is the same. Knowing how to … Read More

The 12 Most Persuasive Words in the English Language

persuasive wordsDo you know what the 12 most persuasive words in the English language are? Are you paying enough attention to using persuasive words in your sales communications?

Words are simple things but they carry power that you can leverage in all your communications. You need to be using them in your day to day sales meetings, presentations, emails and voice messages. If you aren’t intentional about your choice of words you are missing out. That can cost you sales!

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Use Stories in Presentations to Persuade

Stories-in-presentationsIf there’s one thing I’ve learned in my years teaching and coaching better presentations and sales, it’s this: Stories persuade. Using stories in presentations capture the audience’s attention. Stories engage our emotions. They make us want to take action. They make us want to buy: stories sell.

I’ve seen it time and again. My clients in the financial services industry love their numbers and understandably so. But the most successful presenters move beyond facts and figures which aren’t as memorable as narrative They bring … Read More

Presentation Structure: Have Your Presentations Wandered Off Track?

Presentation structure is fundamental for delivering effective presentations. In our UPFRONT Persuasion workshops a key focus for our course content is how to effectively structure a persuasive presentation. Our Presentation Planner which follows the UPFRONT structure can be used as a template for all presentations. Like an accordion, it can expand and contract depending on the length of your presentation.

One thing is true. All presentations must have a strong, well built structure like the foundation of a house. There is little point in adding beautiful … Read More

Putting Sizzle in Your Sales Presentations

The other night my husband and I enjoyed a delicious meal at our favourite restaurant, the Terra Cotta Inn. I ordered a steak and it was amazing. Here’s why: a yummy steak is a combination of good quality meat, careful preparation and beautiful presentation. It’s like that with our sales presentations.

I was recently providing coaching feedback on the pilot of a new high stakes product presentation that was being launched for a client. The observers in the room commented that the presentation felt dry and needed more ‘sizzle.’ Here’s what … Read More

Your PowerPoint Slides Impact Your Persuasion Factor

When delivering presentations, if you want to “WOW!” your audience and move them to action, pay more attention to your slides. The design of your slides is an overlooked opportunity for ramping up the persuasion factor to get real results: more ‘buy in’, more action, more sales.

In my UPFRONT Persuasion workshops, I see many presenters resort to the same old approach using boring, text heavy slides which serve then as crib notes. Then they joke about PowerPoint as a necessary evil. The real … Read More

Presentations That Persuade – Create Word Pictures

Storytelling is both an art and a skill. Our guest author Dr. Patsi Krakoff wrote about this in “Presentations That Persuade: Stories Drive Action,” last week.

For me, there’s nothing more compelling than watching a masterful storyteller in action. It is magical. Ever since primitive tribes sat around a fire to tell their adventures, we’ve become fascinated by stories. But how do your become skilled at this when making a presentation?

Here is one technique that will take your storytelling game to the next level and … Read More