Even if you, your offspring, or those in your care aren’t going back to school, September always seems like a good time to get back to basics, doesn’t it?
In that spirit, we here in the Labyrinth (aka the Red Thread offices) thought it might be helpful to put together some Red Thread Resource Guides: application- and topic-specific collections on how to create content the Red Thread way.
First up? Presenting! Whether you have an aspiration to be a professional keynote speaker, or just want to nail your next quarterly sales update, great presentations aren’t just about great delivery, they’re about the great delivery of great ideas.
That, of course, is what the Red Thread is designed to do: give you a go-to structure for outlining your ideas, so that you can outline the content that gets it across.
While the below are some of the “greatest hits,” you’ll find all these and more under the “Presenting” category on the content page of my website.
If there’s something you’re looking for and don’t see, email me with the topic, and I’ll cover it in an upcoming video or post.
The Red Thread Resource Guide
How to use the Red Thread to outline your content
Here’s a basic recipe to take your Red Thread Storyline and turn it into something bigger.
How to create a great opening for your presentation or pitch
Even with a well-built, Red Thread-guided message, choosing your opening lines is daunting! This post has 3 paths to take for a strong opening.
How to start a presentation your audience wants to keep listening to
A bit more on beginning your presentation in a way that brings the audience into the story without spoiling the ending.
Why your messages break when you say them out loud (and how to fix them)
If you’ve ever felt your talk wasn’t as good as it sounded on paper (or you’re afraid that will happen!) this post explains why we experience written versus spoken language differently, and how to make sure your message comes across the way you want.
How to structure a talk about research
Fun fact: I built the Red Thread for researchers. Check out this one if you’re prepping to share your research and expertise. (And as a bonus, there’s a link with a framework to help determine which concepts from your research best tell the story of your idea)
How and when to use slides in your presentation
It’s a divisive topic in the speaking world. Read this one for ideas on how to ensure your audience is paying full attention to you and your idea.
How to write descriptions for your talks and presentations
Your description is what organizers evaluate when deciding if you even get to present, so it needs to be good. This post has a framework to follow, and a real-life example of my own.
How to overcome shyness and stagefright
Banish your jitters (or embrace them) by reading this one to see why passion beats polish every time.
And a few podcasts:
Building a speaking business that solves problems | Journey to Paid Speaking Gigs podcast
Charles Clark and I discuss how you must have clarity on what your idea needs to do for your business in order to create a speaking career around it.
How to find your Red Thread as a speaker | The Speaker Lab podcast
A great chat on finding your Red Thread, testing it, and finding the right audience.
Please note that many of the links are affiliate links, which means if you buy a thing I link to, I get a percentage of the cost, and then donate it to charity.
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