The Workshop


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.


Workshop Philosophy

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!


WiLL’s GoalS

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.


Presentation Types

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.



Introductory Price


US Dollars

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!



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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

  • Scenario questions

  • 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

  • Situation-action practice

Becoming Great

  • 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