04-pa-AwesomePresentations-Training

Create, Deliver, and Control Awesome Technical Presentations  

Here you will find the complete training (it is currently being added too) of 16 training modules (podcasts totaling over 8 hours) that will teach you how to Create, Deliver, and Control Awesome Technical Presentations (as well as awesome non-technical presentations).



Module 0.0: “Why versus How”

In this module, Steven will set the stage for the difference between “Why” develop and deliver awesome presentations versus “How” to develop and deliver awesome presentations.
 
Podcast
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Duration/Format/Size: 5 minutes/MP4/50MB



Module 1.1: “Introduction to the training.”

This module will introduce you to the overall training structure and the topics and content for each of the modules included in the training.
 
Podcast
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Duration/Format/Size: 25 minutes/MP4/230MB



Module 1.2: “The Problem With Presentations.”

This module presents the problems and difficulties that typically occur with presentations that this training will solve for you.
 
Podcast
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Duration/Format/Size: 19 minutes/MP4/207MB



Module 1.3: “Why Influential Presentations Are Important To Your Career Success.”

This module presents the reasons that your career success is directly related to your ability to influence through your formal and informal presentations.
 
Podcast
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Duration/Format/Size: 12 minutes/MP4/134MB



Module 1.4: “Why Most Presentations Are Structured to Fail”

Why are presentations so universally derided, especially by those who have to give them? Why do so many presenters have difficulty controlling their presentations and the messages they are attempting to transmit to their audiences?
 
Many believe the fault lies with the presenter. Others believe that all presentations are just doomed to be difficult.
 
In this module I will show you that the difficulty with presentations is neither. But rather the difficulty arises from the way presentations are “structured”, (i.e., put together from the beginning) and this structure is based on what you have been told throughout your career… it is just faulty information.
 
Podcast
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Duration/Format/Size: 15 minutes/MP4/180MB



Module 1.5: “Know Your Audience Like Never Before”

There is only so much preparation you can do before giving your presentation with respect to who will be in your audience and what they will be most interested in. The rest of what you need to know about your potential audience must be based on assumptions about who could possibly be in your presentation and what they want to hear about.
 
In this module, I will discuss what you can “determine before” your presentation, and what you “must assume” about your audience that will help you give a truly influential presentation.
 
There are certain assumptions you can make about the possible perspectives your audience might have and in this module I’ll show you how to prepare your presentation for whomever might be there. Some people may be colleagues who are in “your corner”. Some in the audience might be convinced you cannot say anything they will agree with. Some people will support you completely, while others will disagree with almost anything you say.
 
In this module I’ll show you how to prepare for this variability and what words and phrases to use to diffuse any disagreements that might come up during your presentation; even if some of the difficult people are strangers to you or are in superior positions of authority.
 
Podcast
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Duration/Format/Size: 35 minutes/MP4/384MB



Module 2.1: “Step #1: Pre-work and Setup”.

In this module I will set up the first step in the “doing” of the presentation development process. This module discusses the Pre-work and Setup which takes the form of preparation of your mind and seven critical questions that should be answered before actually putting ideas down and developing slides or media. This is Step #1 of my 7-Step process of developing awesome technical presentations.
 
Podcast
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Duration/Format/Size: 30 minutes/MP4/322MB



Module 2.2: “Step #1: Selecting Your Influence Outcome”.

In this module I show you how to select your presentation Influence Outcome. Your Influence Outcome represents the actions you want your audience to take after your presentation has been completed. Selecting the proper Influence Outcome provides you with the guide-posts in the development of your complete presentation.
 
Podcast
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Duration/Format/Size: 12 minutes/MP4/136MB



Module 2.3: “Step #1: Selecting Your Presentation Theme”.

In this module I show you how to select your presentation Theme; the story that you will weave throughout your presentation in order to support your Influence Outcome.
 
Podcast
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Duration/Format/Size: 9 minutes/MP4/95MB



Module 2.4: “Step #1: Selecting Your Presentation Frame… the Perspective”.

Every presentation should have a “perspective” or “frame”. Presentations that are about “data” do not have a perspective and this type of presentation allows the audience to decide on the perspective they want. In this module I show you how to select your presentation Frame; the perspective that will control how your audience sees, hears, and interprets your data, information, suggestions, and overall presentation.
 
Podcast
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Duration/Format/Size: 26 minutes/MP4/288MB



Module 2.5: “Step #1: Selecting the Right Title For Your Presentation”.

What’s in a title? Some would say “not much”. However, your presentation title is your first opportunity to influence your audience. So pick it carefully.
 
In this module I will show you how to pick the best title for your presentation. I’ll also show you how your Title, Frame, Theme, and Influence Outcome all combine to structure your Context and all these allow you to deliver an awesome presentation that you can control and is influential.
Podcast
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Duration/Format/Size: 23 minutes/MP4/250MB



Module 3.1: “Step #2: Getting All Your Ideas Down … Filling Your “Topic Bucket”.

Trying to decide what to include in your presentation and what to leave out can sometimes be a challenge. In this module I will show you a simple but very effective way to capture all the topics you might want to put into your presentation and how to hold on to them. You can also add or subtract to your topic list as you move through the development of your presentation.
 
This module is about how to fill your “topic bucket”.
Podcast
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Duration/Format/Size: 23 minutes/MP4/248MB



Module 4.1: “Step #3: Introduction to Making Your Slides/Charts”.

In this module I’m showing you how to begin to transform your ideas into slides and charts that will achieve your influence outcome.
 
In order to do this, I’m using an example presentation that I am developing for you in real time. I have been given a task and I have been asked to give a status update of my task. That is the example presentation that I will be developing in this section. Check it out.
 
This module is about how to begin to develop the slides and charts that you will use in your own presentation.
Podcast
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Duration/Format/Size: 14 minutes/MP4/148MB



Module 4.2: “Step #3: The First Draft of My Example Slides/Charts”.

In this module, I take my first pass at developing my slides for my example presentation. You will see how I take my Topic Bucket and transform the individual topics into first draft slides.
 
This module shows you how to transform your topic bucket ideas into slides as a first draft.
Podcast
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Duration/Format/Size: 6 minutes/MP4/68MB



Module 4.3: “Step #3: The Third Draft of My Example Slides/Charts”.

By the time we get to this module, I’ve iterated on my slides a couple of times, so here I’m showing you my third iteration. I’m showing you the slides I’ve put together and the slide summary chart… the 30,000-foot view of my presentation. I’m still not satisfied with it, but it is a process and I’m about half way through it.
 
This module is my third iteration of my slide development.
Podcast
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Duration/Format/Size: 12 minutes/MP4/124MB



Module 4.4: “Step #3: The Fifth Draft of My Example Slides/Charts… and Mine”.

In this module, the fifth iteration of my slides, you can see that I’m beginning to hone in on a message that is beginning to have powerful influence. The slides have some substantial content and the context is beginning to develop. It has taken five iterations, not unusual, and the result is a good foundation.
 
This module is about the fifth iteration of my example presentation.
Podcast
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Duration/Format/Size: 23 minutes/MP4/245MB



Module 5.1: “Step #4: How To Build Bridges Between Slides To Achieve Your Influence Outcome”

Being able to move smoothly and in a relaxed manner between slides is a key to presenting an awesome technical presentation that doesn’t get bogged down and allows you to achieve your objectives. In this module, I will show you how to build Bridges between your slides that allow you to maintain your Frame, your Theme, and your Influence Outcome… your Context.
 
And in my experience, this is something no one else talks about your teaches.
 
Podcast
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Duration/Format/Size: 51 minutes/MP4/532MB



Module 6.1: “Step #5: Your Second Pass At Slide Development”

In this module we are going over our slides one more time. This is usually the final major iteration of our slide/chart development to ensure that the flow, the Frame, the Theme, the Context, and the Influence Outcome we want are maintained and achieved.
 
This module also introduces the concept of a “conclusion box” which is included on each of your slides (it’s an option) that allows you to control what your audience takes away from each slide or chart or set of data you present.
 
Enjoy!
 
Podcast
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Duration/Format/Size: 19 minutes/MP4/183MB



Module 7.1: “Step #6: The Roll-Up and Section Triggers”

In this module I show you an easy way to remember your presentation and know what major sections are coming next from section to section. It also helps your keep your presentation from growing unwieldy.
 
When your presentation begins to get big, when you have so many slides and/or topics that your brain begins to go into overwhelm, the Roll-Up and Setting Section Triggers is the best way to bring your presentation back under control.
 
This module shows you how to do that.
 
Enjoy!
 
Podcast
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Duration/Format/Size: 20 minutes/MP4/194MB