Just when you think you know it all...

This is related to presentations, so just bear with me for a second... I recently set up an email list here on my website to help with getting my videos out to people so they wouldn't have to visit the site. I've set up this type of thing on other websites more than a few times. I thought I knew what I was doing. Wrong!

I've now sent two emails to my very patient subscribers, who I'm sure are wondering what the heck is wrong with me, that have had nothing but the template text from my email management service. Not good.

What's this have to do with presentations?

You can probably guess that I'm going to say you can never take anything for granted, that you should always prepare your presentations as if you're doing it for the first time... With the presentation being better each time, hopefully.

But beyond that, it's important to keep improving your overall presentation skills. And in my opinion, one of the coolest things I've been reading up on is dramatic writing techniques. The same stuff used by novelists and screenwriters to rivet audiences in books and film.

Why?

Quite simply because dramatic writing techniques are meant to capture the reader or audience's attention and take them on a ride... An emotional one that permeates into a person's heart and head.

Now doesn't that sound like something your presentations could use?

So pick up a book on dramatic writing techniques, read the parts about creating emotional impact, story types and how to grab the reader or audience member's attention. My current favourite is "Writing For Emotional Impact" by Karl Iglesias.

And keep learning!