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Showmanship is the ability to spark the imagination of an audience to achieve a desired result such as entertaining or informing. This is rooted in the performing arts but can apply to public speaking and presentations. Showmanship also applies to marketing events such as fashion shows.

Storytelling

Telling a compelling story.

Suspension Of Disbelief

Convincing the audience to drop their criticism and follow you on a story with a sense of [potentially temporary] belief.

Symbolism

Creating a sense that the story has deep meaning beyond the obvious.

Emotion

Generating emotions in an audience that translates to a general mood that makes them receptive to the story.

Personal Presence

Confidence, charisma and other types of personal presence such as likability.

Stage Presence

Commanding attention from the stage.

Energy

Creating energy such as suspense.

Audience Interaction

Engaging and involving the audience.

Timing

The fine art of timing. Also known as kairos.

Voice Projection

Reaching the audience with your voice.

Style

Creating a distinctive uniqueness in your story and presence.

Visual Storytelling

The visual sequences in a story.

Stage Blocking

Having people on the stage at the right place at the right time.

Choreography

Well-coordinated movement such as dance.

Articulation

Enunciating words clearly.

Props & Set

The physical environment of the stage.

Lighting

Lighting for mood and effect.

Sound Effects

Use of audio cues.

Music Selection

Effective selection and use of music.

Non-verbal Communication

Facial expressions, eye contact, body language and other physical forms of expression such as posture.

Attire

Costumes and/or fashion sense.

Surprise

Unexpected turns in the story or in the atmosphere.

Comedy

The use of humor.

Drama

Creating and resolving tension.

Illusion

Experiences that differ from concrete reality.

Special Effects

Visual and practical effects.

Coordination

Coordination of different elements such as position on stage and sound effects.

Transitions

Seamless transitions between acts or segments.

Polish

Rehearsing things and delivering with a high degree of mastery.

Passion

Demonstrating interest in your performance and story.

Grand Finale

Making a point and ending on a high note.
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The ability to spark the imagination of an audience.
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