Art of performance with Maria Franco

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Prepare, rehearse and deliver the best presentation of your life.

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~23 minutes over 5 videos

About 1 hour of work to do it solo

Miwok territory, Graton Rancheria

tag: money tag: pitching tag: social enterprise

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1 Story.

We're going to start with the most important part of any presentation - The story. Maria takes you through a process to get your ideas out and find a compelling start and end to your story.

The activity

  1. Brainstorm.
  2. Distill into the important points.
  3. Create a story with beginning, middle, and end.
  4. The first and last sentences matter more than any other. Craft them. Memorize them.


2 Visual slides.

Now, this lesson is about performance, not pitch decks, however if you feel like you want some guidances on your slides, Maria shows you a structure and some thoughts on the visuals of a good slide deck.

The outline

  1. Crisp statement (a sentence or two) on who you are and what you do.
  2. Compelling presentation of the problem.
  3. Big picture view of your solution and how it works with vivid examples.
  4. What you’ve done so far (delivery numbers/early results) and the meaningful impact.
  5. Vision of big possibilities and what you want the person in the audience to do next.


3 Rehearsal.

You've got your story and your slides ready to go, is it time to start pitching? No, first we need to rehearse. and rehearse, rehearse and rehearse. Maria shows you a method to make sure you're rehearsals are productive, but unfortunately there's no escaping how embarressed you'll feel.


4 Warm up .

Now that you've written you're story and made your slides, and rehearsed the presentation, it's show time. Maria takes you through a quick set of exercises to warm up physically and mentally.

Warm up physically<./h3>
  1. Start by loosening up your legs.
  2. Drop your shoulders
  3. Shake out your hands.
  4. Relax your face.

Warm up mentally.

  1. Take a deep breath.
  2. Think about someone or something you want to embody in your performance..

5 Performing.

Making a fool of yourself in public is everyone's biggest fear, but don't worry Maria shows you how to stay comfortable and give a strong performance, each and everytime with your amazing new presentation.


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