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Speak Like a CEO by Oliver Aust

How to speak so that people want to listen

Published 2 months ago • 2 min read

Ditch the Deck!

8 Dynamic Alternatives For Your Next Presentation

A staggering 30 million PowerPoint presentations are created every day. Yet slides kill productivity, invite lazy thinking, and can lead to a disengaged workforce.

Here are 8 lively alternatives to “Death by PowerPoint” for your next meeting:

#1 Write a Memo

Have attendees read a short memo before a discussion. Jeff Bezos banned PowerPoint at Amazon meetings in favor of memos for clearer thinking.

#2 Show a Video

Videos creatively capture attention through visuals, motion and sound. They are easier than ever to produce with phones.

#3 Ignite Talks

Presenters get 5 minutes max with 20 auto-advancing slides that change every 15 seconds. This forces you to be more concise.

#4 Tell a Story

Structure your main points into an engaging story. People remember facts shared in stories up to 20X better than bullet points.

#5 Interactive Workshop

Get the audience involved to co-create solutions in breakout groups rather than sit passively.

#6 Live Demo

Showcase your product/service in action. Let attendees try it out. Multi-sensory experience drives understanding.

#7 Role Play

This is a fun way to test scenarios and ideas while also fostering empathy and new insights.

#8 TED-Style Talk

Focus on storytelling and inspiration rather than info overload. Make it a memorable way to motivate and engage.

Is PowerPoint always bad? Of course not, it is one useful tool among many. So why not try one of the above at your next meeting and make your message memorable?


Three Ways I Can Help You

Whenever you are ready, here are three things I can help you achieve so you can communicate like the world's top CEOs:

  1. Speak Like a CEO: Leadership communications with impact
  2. Become Unignorable: The proven way to becoming a thought leader
  3. Build a Message Machine: Turn your company into an agile communications machine

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Secrets of a Viral TED Speaker

Julian Treasure is a world-renowned expert on speaking and listening and a bestselling author. His 5 TED talks have amassed over 150 million views worldwide.

His talk "How to speak so that people want to listen" on powerful speaking is the 6th most popular TED talks of all time.

On this week’s episode of Speak Like a CEO, Julian shares the secrets of a viral TED Speaker, the four foundations of powerful speaking, and the Seven Deadly Sins of Speaking. On a more personal level, Julian shares how holding one of the most popular TED talks of all time has changed his life.

Listen on Spotify and Apple:


Laugh Your Way to Success

Want to get better results while also having more fun at work? Humor offers many benefits, but only when delivered skillfully.

In his excellent book, Andrew Tarvin breaks down the science of humor in workplaces. He offers strategies like:

  • Engineer surprise to grab attention
  • Lead with vulnerability and humanity
  • Use conversational humor, avoid sarcasm
  • Stay positive - no hurtful humor

Read it, check out this post about it, and bring more laughter and levity into your workplace!

Have an amazing weekend!

Best,

Oliver

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