Presenting: My Presentation Course

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Well, this didn't work out. But you can always learn from failure. In this case, I turned it into a shorter, more specialised course and a book. I'm still available for presentation courses, but they're usually either variations of the Presenting for Geeks workshop or courses customised for specific customers. Drop me a line if you're interested.

So, the word is out: I'm going to offer my own take on a presentation course.

My motivation? There are still so many boring, uninspired, confusing presentations being given out there every day. And usually it's only because people don't know that they could do better.

With this course, I'd like to show that with some small improvements (e.g. during the preparation), you can already create and deliver presentations that are better than that average. It won't make you a superstar presenter over night, but teach you concepts and ideas that you can apply bit by bit, therefore improving with each new presentation that you're going to give.

I decided to do this course at the end of last year, but admittedly didn't really have a clear idea of what I was getting myself into. On the one hand, presenting and teaching are somewhat related - when you are presenting, you are also teaching (or at least your audience should be learning something from your talk). On the other hand, teaching requires quite a few additional aspects that need to be considered. Luckily, I came across Pam Slim's Power Teaching online course, which she was running again at the time. It helped my a lot in structuring the course, focusing, and figuring out what's important (and what isn't).

The current plan is to run the course as three in-person classes of two hours each:

  1. Part 1: Preparation
  2. Part 2: Slide design
  3. Part 3: Presenting

Structuring it like this seemed logical and there's just so much ground to cover that I felt that I couldn't cram it all into a single class without overloading the participants.

As of now, only part 1 really exists. I'll be doing a test run soon before offering it "for real" (targeted for end of March). I'll be working on parts 2 and 3 after that, taking feedback from the first part into account, of course. Who knows, the end result may look completely different :)

I'll be posting updates on this site, so be sure to check back.

If you'd like me to talk or write about this topic, you can hire me to do so.
Please email me for details.
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