Create Great Presentations
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Create Great Presentations

You can give riveting presentations and be a great presenter
4.4 (6 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.
903 students enrolled
Last updated 9/2015
Price: $45
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  • 3.5 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • You will learn the latest research in how people think, learn, and decide so that you can tailor your presentation for maximum persuasiveness.
  • You will learn how to use your voice, hand gestures and body language to convey authority and get your message across.
  • You will learn what motivates people and how to build that into your message.
  • You will learn a powerful "Magic Formula" that will ensure that your presentation has maximal impact.
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  • There are no requirements. If you have one or more presentations to give and you want to be a better presenter, then this course is for you.


Learn how to give riveting presentations and be a great presenter.

Whether you are making a pitch to venture capitalists to fund your project, your boss to let you lead the next project, a prospective client to close a sale, or the local government officials about recycling, you want to make a presentation that is persuasive, inspiring, and motivating. Why is it that some presentations are boring and others are riveting? That's what you are going to learn in this course. Whether you are new to presenting or an experienced speaker, this course will teach you how to go to the next level and beyond.

Examples of what is in this course:

  1. What you need to know about how people think learn, listen and see
  2. The latest brain science on what grabs people's attention and how people learn
  3. The psychology of how people react to you -- your voice, hand gestures, body posture
  4. The "Magic Formula" to use when putting together a talk
  5. Whether or not to use slides, and if you do, what to put on them
  6. What motivates people to take action
  7. Whether, when, and how to do a Q&A
  8. How to decide on a call to action for your particular audience
  9. Quizzes to test what you are learning
  10. Exercises to practice what you are learning

and much, much more!

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Click the "Take This Course" button at the top right of this page now and get started right away. You don't want to delay learning how to create and deliver persuasive, motivating and inspiring presentations.

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who gives presentations.
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Curriculum For This Course
64 Lectures
4 Lectures 05:35
The Introductory Video that describes why you should take this course
Preview 02:00

A description of how the course is structured.
Preview 01:07

A special offer for a free consultation
Preview 01:07
How People Think And Learn
12 Lectures 41:02
An introduction to the section on How People Think And Learn
Intro to the Think and Learn Section

A description of how the brain works and the implication for presentations
You Have 3 Brains

Stories are powerful, but why are they so powerful in presentations? This lecture explains the research on the power of stories.
Power of Stories

The importance of context and how to provide it in your presentations


Your audience perceives time differently than you do as the presenter. This lecture describes the difference and how to deal with your audience's perception of time.
The Perception of Time

The human brain is programmed to create categories. This lecture explains how to use this idea in structuring your presentation.
People Create Categories

How to give your audience bite-size chunks of information so you don't overload them
Progressive Disclosure

Understanding the mental model of your audience
Mental Models

Research on the powerful effect metaphors can have on what and how people think about a topic

Exercise for the Think and Learn Section

End of Section Quiz

7 questions
How People Listen & See
8 Lectures 23:42
An introduction to the section on How People Listen and See
Intro to the Listen & See Section

Different sensory channels (vision, auditory, and so on) and how they might distract your audience from paying attention
Multiple Sensory Channels Compete

Why we pay attention to visual information more than others.
Preview 03:29

Where you should stand in relation to your slide presentation.
How People Read vs. Where You Stand

Have a slide with text? This lecture will tell you everything you need to know about text and fonts.
Preview 05:46

In this lecture we talk about the special part of the brain, the fusiform facial area, that is dedicated to processing human faces.
The Power of Faces


An exercise for the Listen and See Section
Exercise for the Listen And See Section

10 questions
How People Decide
8 Lectures 24:33
You want people to be persuaded by your presentation, but you should know that the confirmation bias may make that difficult. Here's what it is and what you can do about it.
Confirmation Bias

What motivates people to take action?
What Motivates People

Random numbers can have a big effect on what people choose. Learn the research on anchoring with numbers.

Learn what makes people commit to an idea or an action.

Research shows that when money is mentioned it changes people's behavior.
Mentioning Money

Research shows that when death is mentioned it changes people's behavior.
Mentioning Death

People will participate if they feel safe. Learn how to make people feel safe.
Preview 03:28

Exercise For How People Decide

End of Section Quiz

10 questions
Structure and Content
12 Lectures 46:47
An introduction to the magic formula of how to structure a presentation.
The "Magic Formula"

Audience research you need to do before you craft your presentation
Your Research and Assumptions

What to use for the opening of your talk.
The Opening

How to close your presentation.
The Closing

How to decide what call to action you should use
Preview 07:05

This lecture discusses how to be sure your call to action is challenging enough but not too challenging.
Preview 06:04

More examples of how to apply the magic formula
Preview 02:36

An exercise in the middle of this section to try out using the magic formula
Exercise for the Magic Formula Section

Multiple Calls To Action

This lecture discusses how you decide on your content, media and whether to use visuals.
Mapping Out Content and Visuals

The power of using pictures in your presentation, and the dangers as well

The final exercise for this section.
Creating the Content Exercise

7 questions
React To You
9 Lectures 36:25
An introduction to the React To You Section
Intro to the React to You Section

Why it is important to send messages of authority as a presenter, and how to get and hold authority

You hand gestures and body posture communicate in ways you may not realize. Find out what your hands are saying.
Preview 08:40

Facial gestures and eye movement and how they impact your presentation
Face and Eye Movement

Your voice has a huge impact on your presentation. Find out how and what to do and not do.
Preview 07:46

Find out how what you wear influences how people react to you. Should you dress up? dress down? or dress like your audience?
What You Wear

Tips and techniques to take and keep control of the room, and why you should
How to Control the Room

Every presenter faces situations where things are going wrong. Learn how to prepare for problems, prevent problems, and deal with them when they happen.
When Things Go Wrong

An exercise for the React To You Section
Exercise for the React to You Section

7 questions
6 Lectures 14:49
An Introduction to the Environment Section
Intro to the Environment Section

How full the room is affects how people react to your presentation. Learn how and what you can do about it.
Size of Room

Learn how the arrangement of the furniture affects your presentation.
Seating Arrangements

If your audience gets tired or hungry it affects your presentation. Here's what you can do about it.
Fatigue and Hunger

Don't stand in the dark! What you need to know about lights.
Preview 02:11

An exercise for the end of the Environment Section
Exercise for the Environment Section

5 questions
Delivery & Next Step
5 Lectures 14:26
The best way to tell a presenter is a pro is how transitions are handled. Transitions from slide to slide or part of your talk to another part are critical. Here's why and what to do.
Preview 04:30

Don't leave your introduction up to chance. Here's why and what to do.
Being Introduced

Should you use a microphone or not? Find out when and why and a microphone might be important.
Using a Microphone

Do you need a remote clicker to change your slides? Here's some info on when, why, and which one to use.
Using a Remote

4 questions

Put together your own 90 day plan and watch yourself improve.
Exercise: Your 90 Day Improvement Plan
About the Instructor
Susan Weinschenk, Ph.D.
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11,033 Students
18 Courses
The Brain Lady

I have a Ph.D. in Psychology and decades of experience as a behavioral scientist, applying psychology to the design of digital products. I'm a consultant to Fortune 1000 companies, start-ups, and educational and government organizations.

A client once referred to me as "The Brain Lady", and it stuck. Probably because I like to teach and consult about brain science.

I'm currently the Founder and Principal of The Team W. I consult, coach, teach, and speak about behavioral science, brain science, psychology, design, innovation, and user experience. I've been lucky enough to travel around the world as a keynote speaker.

I am also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Wisconsin.

My clients include Disney, Amazon, The Mayo Clinic, Zappos, the Federal Trade Commission (USA), and the European Commission.

I like to write books, including: 100 Things Every Designer Needs To Know About People, How To Get People To Do Stuff, 100 Things Every Presenter Needs To Know About People, and Neuro Web Design: What makes them click? I blog at my own website and I blog for Psychology Today.

My work over the years has included the design of websites, software, medical devices, TV ads, physical devices, experiences, and physical spaces to make them persuasive, usable and motivating.

I live in Wisconsin, USA, with my husband. My two children are grown and “launched”. When not teaching, speaking, writing, or blogging, I perform in community theatre, sing jazz, read books, and I'm an avid movie watcher.