Welcome to the Better Leaders Better Schools podcast.  This is a weekly show for ruckus makers — What is a ruckus maker?  A leader who has found freedom from the status quo. A leader looking to escape the old routine. A leader who never, ever gives up.

What makes a great presentation?

How can two presenters give the same presentation and yet only gets the audience’s attention?

These are questions Dr. Horvath explores with us in this episode. Dr. Horvath, a researcher and educator, breaks down the science behind great presentations and how you can improve your next “ I-have-to-give-a-presentation-for-my job-or school” experience with basic tips that you can apply in less time than it takes to create a PowerPoint theme.

We hope you enjoy the podcast. All the highlights, resources, and next steps can be found below. Listen to the full episode here and learn more at betterleadersbetterschools.com

Key Talking Points 

  • Why stories are the best thing you can focus on in a presentation
  •  The 2 basic powerful storylines any presenter can use to improve their skills
  •  Obstacles to telling stories (and how to overcome them) to make better presentations
  •  1-minute hacks you can use to improve your PowerPoint today


Key Milestones of the Episodes

[5:30] Why do stories impact us? 

[9:01] How do you start storytelling? 

[13:00] Using anchors in your story to grab your audience’s attention

[14:00] Simulation: Why you should stories with your audience, not at them 

[15:24] Synchrony: What happens when brains think the same story 

[18:00] Obstacles to good story-telling 

[20:00] How to deal with the pressure to stop obsessing over the test 

[24:10] How do you improve your PowerPoint skills?

Key Quotes

  1. “There is no such thing as a standalone fact in the brain.”
  2. “Stories are how we think.”
  3. “Your audience can’t read and listen.”
  4. “Right now…we tend to elevate science above all else.”
  5. “Prep everything before you PowerPoint.”
  6. “Ditch the words. Add images.”


Key Resources 

Stop Talking, Start Influencing: 12 Insights From Brain Science to Make Your Message Stick

Imeglobal Courses

Other resources


CV: https://d2saw6je89goi1.cloudfront.net/uploads/digital_asset/file/384940/Jared_Cooney_Horvath-CV.pdf


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About Our Guest

Jared Cooney Horvath is a cognitive neuroscientist with expertise in human learning, memory, and brain stimulation. He earned his Master’s degree from Harvard University and his Doctorate from the University of Melbourne. In 2018, Dr. Horvath co-founded LME Global to bring his pioneering brain and behavioral research to teachers, organizations and professionals looking to boost their performance and gain a competitive edge. To inquire about booking Dr. Horvath for a speaking engagement, or to view his online courses and training material, visit www.lmeglobal.net



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