At some point in your life, you're going to need to tell a story.
These resources might help.

Check out the blog, too!

Start with Presentation Zen.

Presentation Zen is Garr Reynold's terrific "how to" website on presentation design. He's thought a lot about audience engagement, and he features great information from other storytelling thought-leaders as well.

See also Chris Brogan's "Own the Crowd with Better Speaking" post, Diane Cordell's "round-up" post of great presentation ideas, and/or Ewan McIntosh's suggested "curriculum" for folks wanting to learn how to avoid death by Power Point.

What's going on in listeners' brains?

Brain Rules for Presenters
View SlideShare presentation or Upload your own. (tags: reynolds garr)

Try a YouTube search on "pecha kucha" (below is an example):

Learn from the masters

What's the best story you've ever heard/seen? Below are a few samples I like (none is longer than 10 minutes; brevity makes a difference!).

Who else should I include here? Poke around YouTube or Slideshare to find some examples of excellence, as defined by you!

Dalton Sherman, 5th grader at Charles Rice Learning Center, giving the keynote address at the Dallas Independent School District conference this fall. (Some background on how Dalton prepared for this is here.)

Randy Pausch, professor and author, addressing Carnegie Mellon graduates months before his death from pancreatic cancer. (Learn more about Randy's life and work here.)

Gary Vaynerchuk, wine expert and social media thought leader, on the difference between giving a presentation and working a room. (There's more on Gary over at

Fifty People, One Question: Brooklyn from Crush & Lovely on Vimeo.
I'm interested in how immediately connected I feel to these total strangers. How can we feel connected to those to whom we hope to tell our stories?

Let me know what you think?

(Header image courtesy of Brian Herzog, via Flickr.)