One of my favorite blogs is Garr Reynolds‘ Presentation Zen. Garr displays a true multidisciplinary approach to presenting, showing, telling and displaying your ideas to other people. Garr, through many of his posts, talks about ways to communicate ideas and tell stories, that not only deliver information and details, but approach the audience on other levels – conceptual, visual, and emotional. Garr is extremely generous with his knowledge and philosophy, and prefers writing essays instead of short posts (not unlike present company). I warmly recommend adding Garr’s blog to your list of favorites.
I came across this post of Garr’s a few weeks ago, listing a set of videos Ira Glass, the host of This American Life. In these short clips, Ira shares many insights on the life of a radio broadcaster, but more relevantly, about telling a story.
Make sure you watch Ira’s videos and read Garr’s commentary and remarks; they hold great wisdom and may enrich your skills of captivating an audience. Entrepreneurs must be good storytellers, as they need to sell a vision, a dream, and often convince others with something that is still abstract and maybe out of reach.