Storytelling 2: The Mentor

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 [...]

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Storytelling 1: The Hero

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 [...]

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The 10 Steps to Take Towards a Bad PowerPoint Presentation

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 [...]

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There’s a “we” in “weapon”! – Part 2

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 [...]

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An Article: The Backbone of a Great Seminar

Writing, reading and sharing articles is a cornerstone of the international judge program. The very fact you are reading this article is proof. Articles are great. They give projects and individual judges an opportunity to share an idea with a large group of people across the globe. They give the reader a chance to hear from those who live in different countries and continents. They are easily stored and archived and can be shared via a simple link. They can be printed, reposted, tweeted, copied, [...]

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Seminar Feedback

From time to time a presenter at a Judge Conference might not be able to engage us as much as they could. It could be the lack of interaction with the audience, the aesthetics of the slides, the length of the talk or many other things. Why does this happen? In my opinion, it boils down to two situations: The presenter is not aware of their mistake, and doesn’t consider it as something to avoid; or They are aware of the mistake, but don’t know how to fix it. What to do then? Prepare [...]

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Picking a Topic and Goal

Picking a Topic When you’ve made the decision to present at a conference it is most likely that you have some idea in mind of what you want to talk about. You may feel that you have a particular insight into some area of judging that is generally unexplored by others or even that you have a keen understanding of one of the more troublesome spots in a judge’s understanding of the rules. Either way you will generally start with some idea of what you want to talk about. If you’re interested [...]

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