21st Century Presentation Skills
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21st Century Presentation Skills

Learn how to attract attention of your audience to stop being a boring speaker
4.6 (15 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.
1,213 students enrolled
Created by Evgeny Makhina
Last updated 11/2016
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  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 5 Articles
  • 2 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Prepare speeches faster and easier
  • Avoid being sabotaged on stage
  • Use attention-getting techniques to keep people focused on a subject
  • Get more sales from stage
  • Make complicated points easier to understand
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  • No special academic background needed. Having a mindset to become an awesome speaker is appreciated


In the 21st century, a speaker is no longer the only source of information in a room. Nowadays one cannot get full attention of the audience just because he or she has something to say. One needs to earn this attention.

Become an interesting speaker by mastering easy-to-use attention-grabbing techniques!

In this course you will learn:

·         How to make content of your speech interesting.

·         How to structure your speech properly so that you don’t get criticized or sabotaged on stage.

·         How to get more sales from stage without forcing people.

·         How to be a “valuable” speaker.

·         How to prepare speeches faster and easier.

The skills covered in the course are essential if you want to make your presentations a part of your content-marketing and promotion strategy. Nowadays people are busy – no one really wants to come to simple sales presentations or watch them online. If you want to make people interested – you need to stand out.

How come Apple does great presentations and so many companies do not?

I have seen dozens of pointless, boring and low-performing presentations.  They really could have been better.  

This is why I created this course. I wanted to help speakers improve the quality of the time they spend with the audience and to show them a way to get better results.

Attention of your audience is a great resource. You just need a manual.

It’s time to stop just talking to listeners. Learn how to make them participants!                         

Who is the target audience?
  • Motivational speakers
  • Those who prepare to speak at conferences
  • Managers (those who present projects or speak at corporate meetings to trigger changes)
  • Lectors, college professors, school teachers , Udemy instructors
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Curriculum For This Course
19 Lectures
How to work with this course
1 Lecture 02:36

Get aquainted to the structure of the course and learn how to work with it

Preview 02:36
Setting the goals
2 Lectures 07:35

A good public speech or presentation is not about just standing in front of the audience telling something. You need a goal. 

In this lecture you will learn how to set the goals for your speech and how to convince people to take the first steps towards the end-result you desire.

Preview 07:12

Reverse engineering
1 Lecture 03:59

Boring speakers do not attract attention to what they talk about. It's usually not because the content is bad. The lack of interest is usually a result of not knowing how attention works. It's time to learn about it!

Secrets of attention
Volitional attention
7 Lectures 27:01

Storytelling is a well-known technique of public speaking. But what structural elements should a story have to attract attention of your audience? How to make stories work to your advantage?

Tell me a story

Using one's fail-story

Being a monotonous speaker is a great disadvantage in the 21st century. There actually are many types of activities you can undertake while giving a speech to become an interactive speaker.

In this lecture you will learn what these activities are and how to use them as tools in your presentations.

How to stop being an average speaker

Don't just tell - show

An argument with an audience it usually the result of trying to impose the speaker's point of view over what people think.

Instead of creating a conflict you can use your audience's opinions to make your speech more interesting and to involve people into listening to you.

Learn how to do that in this lecture!

There is a myth about that

Learn how to use the basic principles of education in your public speeches to make the audience follow your point  and to make people more interested in what you are saying.

How to make it clear for your audience

Get some practice of using the key points from the previous lecture and learn how to generate your own metaphors

Preview 01:12
Non-Volitional attention
2 Lectures 09:18

Let's learn how to use your voice as an attention-getter!

Preview 03:43

In this lecture you will learn how to move on stage, how to use gestures and eye-contact as means of attracting attention and establishing contact with your audience.

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Using the speech structure hacks to attract attention
3 Lectures 19:45

In the beginning of your speech you have a short period of time when people evaluate you. 
Learn how to establish a connection and to attract attention ever since the beginning of your speech!

How to start your speech properly

We are all scared of being sabotaged or critisized on stage. Let's learn the techniques that help to avoid that!

It is time to get rid of the stage fright!

How to avoid being critisized or sabotaged

In order to motivate people to do what we want them to do it is not enough to simply state how cool our project, product or service is.

In this lecture you will learn how to structure the main part of your speech to keep people focused on the subject.

The Why and How approach
3 Lectures 11:39

The downloable worksheet is a great resource you should use to reduce the ammount of time and effort required to prepare a good motivational speech.

In this video I'll tell you everything you need to know to work with this template.

You will also learn about openers and means of making your speech look cool no matter what happens while you deliever it.

How to use your bonus

Steal like an artist!

The final secret
About the Instructor
Evgeny Makhina
4.4 Average rating
48 Reviews
2,528 Students
2 Courses
Creativity and communication coach

I am a professional teacher. After obtaining a University degree giving seminars had been a hobby for a while, but then it became a full-time job with a total period of 4 years of dedication.

Currently I work for a major Internet-company as a T&D-manager, helping people to become better in managing, public speaking, speed-reading, processing information and finding creative solutions to problems.

I am often invited to speak at conferences, TV and radio-shows.

To me it is the best part in life. I think we are meant to share our knowledge and experience with each other.

The techniques I provide in my courses are not what I just read or heard somewhere.  Whatever you learn in my courses – it was (what I call it) “tested on the battlefield” by myself and/or my students. 

Feel free to reach me. Ask questions. Share your experience.