How IT is Taught
The Workshop is available online in a self-paced format. It includes short engaging videos, discussions where you can learn from others, challenging scenario questions, and more—all designed to help you create highly effective presentations.
What is Fundamental
The Workshop blends two purposes, presentation skills and the use of presentation tools like PowerPoint, Google Slides, Keynote, Prezi. The workshop does NOT teach these tools, but focuses on how to use slides and design for effectiveness.
Who Will Benefit
The Workshop is designed to help anyone who has to make a presentation, including trainers, teachers, professors, conference presenters, keynote speakers, managers, military leaders, team leaders, salespeople, marketers, senior leaders, et cetera.
Will Thalheimer’s Role
Will Thalheimer developed the workshop, hosts the videos, and regularly monitors the progress you and other participants are making—always with an eye toward providing maximum value to ensure everyone is developing their presentation skills.
Why We Fail
Something essential has been missing from most presentation-skills or presentation-tools courses. The human element is missing! We have failed to align our presentation techniques with the cognitive machinery and learning dispositions of our audience members.
Will’s insight is that no matter what kind of presentation you are giving, your audience members are learners. If you want to reach them, it makes sense to use the tools of learning design—based on science-of-learning research—to enable success.
Four overarching topics provide the organizing structure for the workshop. These four topics are more than topics—they represent the four goals every presenter should have for his/her audience; helping them to engage, learn, remember, and act!
In developing the Workshop, Will wanted to create a practical, super-impactful set of learning interactions based on his long experience as a presenter and his background as an expert in using scientific research to enable maximum effectiveness in learning.
The workshop will help with all presentation types. It will help you if you present in front of an audience, online (like in a webinar), through recorded video and slide narrations, and in small groups.
How Long to Complete
The workshop is self-study, so the amount of time needed will vary from person to person. The workshop will take you about 11-14 hours to complete, or more if you choose to engage in all of the optional activities.
An unbelievable value!
The hours required are similar
to a two-day workshop!
Seriously, this is a zillion dollar experience priced to create a viral explosion!
You will absolutely love this workshop and will rave to your friends, family, and coworkers, imploring them to take this workshop too!
You’ll also, with great love and compassion, gently recommend this workshop to all those who unknowingly subject you to poor presentations.
The workshop is priced insanely low because (1) we want everybody to be able to afford it, and (2) because we are confident you will stand up afterward and tell the world to join in the experience.
In this way, together, we can make the world a better place! Well, who knows, things today are complicated, but ya gotta start somewhere and it’s likely that more ideas are seriously conveyed via presentations than any other form of communication.
Let us be the change we want to see in other people’s presentations!
If you’re excited about this opportunity and want to share with the world,
please direct your Twitter, LinkedIn, & Facebook posts to https://PresentationScience.net/
And THANK YOU!
Specific Learning Topics
The surprising way your audience visually processes your slides
Why bullet points are boring AND painful
Why PowerPoint is NOT totally to blame. You are!
How to calculate your slide geography
Avoiding attention killers like overload, templates, and decorations
How and why to use whitespace
How to get rid of bullet points—or fix them
How to support your audience members’ eye paths
Using audio quality to support attention
Avoid looking like a nervous rookie
Using your humanity to connect
Using interactivity maps
Using variety to avoid habituation and boredom
The benefits and costs of discussions
The criticality of both content and time
The ethics of content
Avoiding crap data
Transfer learning versus insight learning
Sometimes we sorta want to “waste” time
Avoiding content overload
Learning and forgetting curves
Labeling your data properly
Aligning content with prior knowledge
Surfacing audience misconceptions
Whole versus part training
Using examples, comparisons, and worked examples to guide comprehension
Getting feedback from the audience
Supporting your audiences’ creative insights
Spacing content over time
Using context to support spontaneous remembering
Providing realistic practice
Triggered action planning
Using job aids to guide after-presentation efforts
Inoculating your audience against the obstacles they may face
Using subscription learning
Engaging your audience in work preparation
Utilizing after-presentation reminders
Sharing challenges in relevancy reflections
Practice and feedback is the key to everything
Using science-of-learning notions to plan your preparation
Timing your practice to maximize your performance
Knowing where and how to practice
Getting feedback to improve
Varying your presentation-like experiences