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SMU-X Survival Toolkit: Making Impactful Presentations

This guide provides useful information and links to resources on SMU-X.

At A Glance

Making Impactful Presentation

Delivering effective and powerful presentations is critical to your SMU-X project success. It's about making an impact that influences your audience to buy-in to your ideas. The following resources provide some insights on how to deliver impactful presentations for your projects.


Discover how much you can and cannot tell about a person just from their voice and speech patterns. How fast you talk, how much you say, and how long you wait to respond all send messages about the message you are about to convey. As an experienced pitch and TedX speech coach, David shares his insights on how to pitch and get your ideas heard. According to four principles, his 'Open, three, close' Model and The Pitch Canvas, he explains how to get your audience to engage with your story.


Learn the how with humor and persistence, filmmaker Morgan Spurlock dives into the hidden but influential world of brand marketing on his quest to make a completely sponsored film about sponsorship. Presentations expert David JP Phillips shares key neurological findings on storytelling and with the help of his own stories induces in us the release of four neurotransmitters of his choice. Find out why is storytelling so powerful, and how we can use it to our advantage?

This section lists some recommended readings.

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