Have you ever gone shopping and made a note on your phone on the way to the supermarket, writing down what you need? Did you also arrive home and realize you still forgot something? This happened to me so many times that I changed my approach. I now keep a list of everything I could ever possibly need to buy and before I go shopping, I make a copy of it. Then I read through the copy and delete what I don't need. Now, I never forget anything. This is called a trigger list, and it has many advantages [...]
Would you like to become the best presenter you can be? Have a look at our Ultimate Guide, summarizing over two years worth of technical article content generated in all aspects of presenting. Throughout this all-encompassing article, the content has been broken down into the main elements relevant to facilitating a successful seminar, giving you a birds eye overview of the whole process involved in mastering your presentation skills!
The first every Nordic mini conference! featuring such hits as "fakes, and how to find them" and "GP: Prague Warning: Contains fire" a smaller gathering of judges and a meeting to self-improve and network! Ever been curious as to how to run a smaller judge conference? or just heard a lot about how great Denmark is, this is the conference report for you!
Giving a ruling to a couple of players? No problem! Handle an appeal? Sure! Disqualifying an angry player? I can deal with that. Now, please, don't put me in the spotlight in front of a lot of people, that is not for me. At least not until I get to read this article.
In the previous article on Storytelling, we spent time getting into your heroes’ hearts and minds, it’s time to look at your role as mentor. Even though mentors are not supposed to think about themselves, it does help to do that in the context of how we can be useful to the audience. Your role as a mentor is to influence the hero to take action and change things. The mentor’s appearance in the journey is essential to moving the hero past difficult obstacles. Mentors thus have the major responsibility [...]
Can a presentation be truly captivating and hold the audience’s attention like nothing else matters in the world? Just think about how a great story makes us feel; there are a handful of key elements always present within a truly great story. Every great story has a hero who is central to the plot and a mentor who guides the hero throughout their adventures. In this first instalment of the article series on Storytelling, we will have the pleasure to meet our hero! Proven Elements of Great Storytelling [...]
As a facilitator, distractions are a fact of life. Because they keep attendees from fully appreciating your seminar, we’re here to share some ways to cut down on them.
The first few things you say in front of an audience can make or break their engagement for rest of the hour. When you’re about to give a talk at a Judge Conference, or with any other public speaking opportunity, put yourself in the audience’s shoes. Who are they?
We’ve all been in THAT presentation. The presentation where it only takes two slides before our eyes roll back into our head and start to bleed. Perhaps it was the one where you got a handout, which was then projected above, and then every single word was read aloud. It may have even been the presentation in which someone discovered transitions and animations, and made sure to make use of every single one. Presentations like the above are certainly memorable, but for all the wrong reasons. No [...]
Focus Groups at Judge Conferences Oh great! If you got this far, you may be now eager to volunteer and bring an incredible focus group experience to your fellow Magic judges at the next Conference. Last time we introduced some general guidelines behind setting up such an infrastructure, and I hopefully convinced you how it can be done, and why it can be great. It is now time to delve into what is actually going to happen during this session… Three is the Magic™ number In order to [...]