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Produce Powerful Presentations (Collection) by Jerry Weissman

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8. Presentation Advice from Mike Nichols: How to Find Value in Your Story

Mike Nichols, the noted director of numerous Hollywood films (including The Graduate, Catch-22, and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?), Broadway comedies, and television productions, is a master of his craft, with many Oscar, Tony, and Emmy awards to his credit. The creative approach Mr. Nichols uses to develop his theatrical stories provides an object lesson to help you develop your presentation story.

In an interview with the New York Times, Mr. Nichols described how he prepares for a film: “I really do think it’s important to sit with a text for as long as you can afford to, reading and talking.” He called this process “naming things,” which he described as “just explaining ...

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