Ace the Pitch!
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Ace the Pitch!

Learn how to craft & deliver exceptionally effective presentations that GET RESULTS.
4.6 (7 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
32 students enrolled
Created by Marta Kagan
Last updated 3/2017
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  • 3 hours on-demand video
  • 2 Articles
  • 57 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • How to create and deliver an exceptionally effective presentation or pitch that GETS RESULTS
  • How to convey your ideas with clarity, confidence and conviction!
  • How to confidently answer questions and address objections with poise and eloquence
  • How to walk into ANY situation feeling confident and knowing that you'll OWN THE ROOM!
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  • Basic knowledge of PowerPoint (or other presentation software)
  • A strong desire to master the art of persuasive communication
  • A positive attitude & a willingness to learn A LOT—FAST!!!

Imagine being able to speak in public, hold your audience's attention (no matter who they are), make a persuasive point, convey your ideas with confidence, clarity and conviction—and walk away with the result you want.

THAT is what this course will teach you.

Ace the Pitch was designed to help anyone (no matter your age, background or level of experience) master the ability to communicate, influence, inspire and persuade. 

Drawing from the expertise of the world's most successful speakers, entrepreneurs, sales geniuses, and remarkable leaders, you'll learn exactly how to craft and deliver a compelling, persuasive story that GETS THE YES!

You'll learn:

  • Why 99% of presentations FAIL—and the surprisingly simple thing you can do to ensure yours succeeds.
  • How to craft a compelling story that will have keep your audience captivated—no matter how "dry" your subject-matter may be!
  • The secret "power tools" that remarkable leaders and top-paid speakers use to inspire, influence and persuade their audiences to TAKE ACTION!
  • How to craft a KILLER elevator pitch that sparks interest and gets "the next meeting."
  • How to present data (even if it's super technical or complicated) in a way that turns those "glazed over" looks into wide-eyed ones that cry "tell me more!" 
  • How to strategically choose words and visuals that your audience CANNOT RESIST!
  • The exact, step-by-step process I used to create several of the MOST VIEWED, MOST DOWNLOADED presentations EVER. (This alone will save you hours of pain and stress!)
  • How to create GORGEOUS, professional-looking slides—even if you have zero design skills.
  • The best tools, hacks, shortcuts, templates and resources for crafting and delivering a presentation or pitch that blows minds (without breaking your back or your bank account).
  • The secret to opening your pitch or presentation LIKE A BOSS—with total confidence (no matter how shy, introverted or nervous you normally are when speaking in public!)
  • The most effective strategies (which I'll DEMONSTRATE in the video lessons) for overcoming pre-pitch jitters, appearing confident (even if you're scared to death), handling difficult questions/mistakes with poise, and walking away feeling like A MILLION BUCKS!

I've spent the past decade plus studying, learning, and mastering the techniques that I'll share with you in this course. And the best part is that I know they work, because they've helped raise over $100Million in venture funding, launch several billion-dollar brands, and generate tens of millions of views on social media.

If you're serious about confidently and easily ACING your next pitch—and EVERY pitch!—this is the course for you.

Who is the target audience?
  • Executives
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Sales professionals
  • Business owners
  • Consultants
  • ...or anyone whose success depends on their ability to persuade people to TAKE ACTION!
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Curriculum For This Course
18 Lectures
3 Lectures 51:51

In this lesson, I'll explain why 99% of presentations fail... and the surprisingly simple thing you can do to ensure yours succeeds.

Preview 12:45

In this lesson, we will:

  • deconstruct the "why & the how" of great storytelling
  • learn from some awesome examples 
  • break down the key ingredients of a great story

Then you'll put all that delicious insight to work in the Skill Building Exercises!

How to Craft an AWESOME Story

Simplicity and emotion are the top-secret “power tools” of the world’s greatest speakers and presenters—and in this lesson, I’ll show you how to make them YOURS. 

How to Keep it Simple & EMOTIONAL
3 Lectures 24:01

There’s a huge difference between presenting data and giving meaning... Which is why I'm going to show you how to transform any data-heavy slide from a cluttered mess into a powerful tool of persuasion!

How to Present Data LIKE A BOSS!

Our brains process and recall visual information far more quickly & easily than text. In this lesson, I’ll explain why visuals can be so powerful and show you how to transform boring, cluttered slides into evocative, persuasive ones that make good on the old saying “A picture is worth a thousand words.”

Let's Get Visual

Most presentations aren’t presentations—they’re documents, littered with words, logos and labels that confuse the audience and weaken your pitch. 

In this lesson, I'll share two powerful ways to transform wordy slides and stories into powerful [and tweetable] sound bites that your audience will gobble up.

Why Words Matter
3 Lectures 29:25

In this lesson, I'll show you how to turn your post-it notes/outline/ideas into an awesome storyboard (in PowerPoint!) that lays the groundwork for a legendary presentation. 

*Note: Even if you're NOT planning to use slides for your pitch, the storyboarding "process" that I introduce in this video will be immensely valuable—so don't skip it!*

Storyboarding 101

In this lesson, I'll explain how to choose & apply a visual "language" that sets the right mood for your story—and helps build connections with your audience.

Setting the Mood

After a decade of doing this, I’ve learned a thing or two about how to produce a deck pain-free. I’ll save you from the numerous headaches (and near-disasters) that I’ve had by showing you my exact production process—how to set up your files, how to organize all those images, fonts and stats—and where you can save time along the way. #YOUREWELCOME!

Flawless Prep!
4 Lectures 37:31

In this lesson, I'll share some simple yet powerful design principles that will make your slides SIZZLE!

Sizzling Slide Design Simplified

In this lesson, I'll share some of the fabulous (& mostly free) tools that I LOVE and use almost every day to create gorgeous slides.

The Coolest Tools for Making Killer Slides

“CRAP” is an acronym you’ll love, because it’s such a simple, powerful way to weave in visual “cues” that lead your audience to YES.

Visual Cues & "C.R.A.P."

Quick Slide Makeovers
3 Lectures 21:49

In this lesson, I'll show you how to create a cover slide that makes a FABULOUS first impression.

Anatomy of a Killer Cover Slide

Learn the tricks I use to ensure that nothing gets lost in translation when I email, print, upload, or share a killer pitch.

How NOT to Get Lost in Translation

Create Your Killer Cover Slide
2 Lectures 22:40

In this lesson, I'll share my tips for ensuring you ace the live presentation, even if you are terrified of speaking in public. I’ll give you tips for rehearsing, fending off stage fright, making a great first impression and more.

How to Ace the Pitch LIVE

Your audience is most “captive” during the first few minutes of your presentation—yet that’s exactly when most presenters blow it. In this lesson, I’ll share the formula TED speakers use to kick off their talks and how you can apply it to YOUR next pitch. 

**Note: This is a recording of a live PERISCOPE that I did on this topic, so the video quality isn't amazing, but the content IS! If you want to follow me on Periscope so you can get more live "coaching," go here: **

How to Ace the Intro
About the Instructor
Marta Kagan
4.6 Average rating
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32 Students
1 Course
Presentation & Storytelling Master

Over the past 10+ years, I've created some of the most popular, most memorable presentations of all time, including What the F**k Is Social Media, What Would Steve Do? and several others that have been featured on Mashable and LinkedIn as the "Must-Read SlideShares" of the year. Cumulatively, my presentations have amassed over 10 Million views and resulted in over $100M in venture funding. 

As former Head of Brand & Buzz at HubSpot, I led the launch of INBOUND (their annual conference), coined their first tagline, and produced three of their most viewed/shared SlideShare presentations to date. 

In 2013, I founded Martafy Inc., with the mission of putting an end to boring, lackluster presentations and helping executives, entrepreneurs, sales teams, and professional speakers create and deliver insanely great presentations and pitches that GET RESULTS!