Telling A Story That Stirs Emotion

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1. Telling a story that stirs emotion: In every successful, and in some cases unsuccessful, presentation I witnessed, the one quality that stood out the most was the speakers ability to tell stories. In Nancy Duarte’s book, Resonate, she states many times that storytelling is the core of a good presentation. Every presenter either weaved information within their stories, or their stories were meant to elaborate a point. Elazari told stories about hackers throughout the world, illustrating her point that not all hackers are negative. Okolloh’s personal tales propelled the audience to take a different perspective on things. No matter the case, every performer laced a tale of some sort to compel the audience, with the exception of Varoufakis who choose to skip narratives and go straight to facts. 2. Relate to the audience: The presenters all sought to relate and connect with the audience beyond the scope of the performer/spectator dynamic. Instead they chose to relate to them on a human level. Again, from Duarte’s book, she spoke about how the presenter should have humility and link with the audience through shared goals, beliefs, values, or lifestyles. Okolloh related to the audience through their shared African heritage and pride. Varoufakis chose to relate to the audience through the human desire for a better future. Though they might have used different tactics, both connected with the audience on a deeper level. 3. Opening with a story: connected to the first trait, all

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