Presenting with Confidence: Prepare, Practice and Perform!
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Presenting with Confidence: Prepare, Practice and Perform!

Become a confident public speaker and deliver engaging presentations.
4.4 (3,165 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
6,937 students enrolled
Created by Alexa Fischer
Last updated 5/2020
English [Auto]
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This course includes
  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 1 article
  • 12 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • How to present with confidence and ease
  • How to overcome performance nervousness
  • How to build your content and create memorable slides
  • How to tell engaging stories that your audience will remember
  • How to deliver your content without reading a boring script
  • How to connect with your audience and win them over
  • How to use effective body language and build a dynamic voice
  • How to dress for success and feel like a star
  • How to make the most out of any speaking engagement
  • None, really.
  • Bonus: An open mind, a willing heart and a bit of hustle. You know you've got it in you!

"Great course with actionable, specific advice that inspires confidence. If this course helps me be half as confident as the instructor, I'll look like a hero!" - Frank Visciano, Head of Marketplace Content + Operations, Udemy

"Alexa has a dynamic style that will light you up!" - Ron Price

Squash overwhelm. Kick procrastination to the curb. Never risk winging it again. Yes, you can nail your next presentation by wowing your audience with effortless ease. When you take the time to prepare, with the right tools, you will rock your next talk. I can show you how.

Hi! My name is Alexa Fischer and I'm a best-selling Udemy instructor for over 6 years. As an expert in the areas of manifesting personal power and mastering interpersonal connection, my work helps people tap into, and light up their utmost potential.

Having a fabulous presentation is about understanding your audience, creating engaging content, and polishing your delivery so you can release your inhibitions and allow your incredible energy to shine.  

 And best of all, when you become a confident, charismatic speaker, you influence others.

 In this course, I outline everything you need to get prepared once and for all.

Through action-oriented, specific (yet inspirational!) videos, you will learn:

  • success strategies to map out your schedule so you stay on track
  • tools to overcome self doubt so you can build your confidence
  • strategies to create your content
  • skills to become a great storyteller
  • tricks to remember what you want to stay instead of reading from a boring script
  • performance techniques to help you stay grounded and calm
  • dynamic body language and vocal skills to radiate confidence
  • methods to connect with your audience right from the start

When you are prepared, you give yourself the freedom to enjoy the moment.  When you are connected to your love of the subject matter, you radiate great energy. When you speak with confidence and ease, your audience feels it.  They appreciate it.  And they remember you.

It’s time to unlock your light so you can share your message brilliantly. I can't wait to work with you.

Who this course is for:
  • Anyone who wants to be engaging, confident and charismatic while presenting!
  • Business leaders
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Salespeople
  • Influencers
  • Employees
  • Instructors
  • Volunteers
  • Teachers
  • Speakers
Course content
Expand all 26 lectures 02:07:02
+ Welcome to the course! So happy you're here.
3 lectures 04:21

Before we spend all this time together, I would love to introduce myself. As a bestselling instructor on Udemy, it's my mission to help you all 1000 Watts of your personal power. Here's my story!

Preview 02:04

Presentations can be rather intimidating. but they don't need to be! This course will walk you through every step you need to be prepared for an upcoming speaking event. Here are some highlights! 

Preview 02:08

The work you put into this course, the more you'll reap the rewards of your efforts! Here is my comprehensive workbook that gives you all the guidance you need for each step of this training. In addition, you'll find lectures that will have handouts attached when necessary. Enjoy!

COURSE HANDBOOK! You'll want to print this, I promise.
+ Let's Get Started: How to Set Yourself Up for Success
3 lectures 11:18

Before your event, get as much information as possible. It's time to get organized. Pull out your calendar and start setting goals from here to there. Start by gathering all the facts. Please use the checklist provided in this lecture!

Preview 02:12

Right now you are thinking about YOU... Your nerves and fear of being judged, but this opportunity is all about your audience. What’s in it for them? How can your presentation make an impact on their lives? Watch and see why this single realization is the secret to your success.

Preview 04:36

You are being given a chance to be on stage in front of an eager audience.  Isn’t that terrific?!  So, take a moment and think about what you want the audience to KNOW.  What do you want the audience to FEEL?  What do you want the audience to DO after your talk is over?  Try and simplify this idea to some key points that will be easy for your audience to remember. Use the worksheet attached and map it out now!

Why you Must Create Your WHY. (And why that matters)

Let's do a quick recap, shall we? Can you remember the surefire strategies to set yourself up for success? Take the quiz!

Let's see if you're ready to get organized!
2 questions
+ Your Mindset: How to Create a Winning Attitude
3 lectures 15:13

We ALL have negative thoughts. They’re a part of life. But here’s the thing… negative thoughts drain our energy and zap our personal power. Let’s put an end to that now, shall we? Use the worksheet attached to help you get started!

Get Rid of Your Negative Thoughts (Like, now.)

I’m devoting a video on this topic because I believe in the power of intention. In order to create what you want in life, you need to see it and then take deliberate action toward it. Your fuel is your relentless positive attitude. Now, I know that sounds challenging and it is, but trust me when I say that your energy is everything. Just think about it… When you are frustrated, you drain your energy. You create a mental fog and a physical stress, and frankly, it just makes everything more challenging. When you have positive energy, you are in flow and you will accomplish more with a lot less energy. Doesn’t that sounds great? Really focus on the positive affirmation you identified in the previous lecture. Commit to your calendar deadlines. Meet each action as planned, and you will see the fruits of your efforts. It’s that simple.

You Got This: Be Positive and Proactive

There’s nothing like accountability to keep you on track. Right now the only person who knows you are taking this course is you. Am I right? So, here’s the way to fast track your success. Go find a friend and enlist their help. Share your deadlines. Set up some practice sessions in advance. Ask someone to look over your deck. DO. IT. NOW.

Don’t Go it Alone: The Importance of Enlisting a Friend
+ Building Your Content: How to Prepare an Amazing, Memorable Presentation
6 lectures 30:09

For the most part, facts are boring. We can Google just about anything, so use facts to highlight an idea, but make us remember what you are saying by telling a great story. There are so many ways to experience great storytelling on stage. Here's how to become an awesome story-teller.

Be Engaging + Memorable: Become a Great Storyteller

You never know when you are going to bump into a person you really want to speak to and impress. Surprise elevator ride with your boss?  A client calls for an update? You are dying to share your big idea at the all company retreat?  So, prepare for the unexpected.  Here is a quick guide to help you organize your thoughts under pressure. Use the worksheet attached to help you get PREPPED!

The PREP Method: Outline Your Ideas Easily (Perfect for short notice!)

My favorite structure for outlining what you wish to say is something I call THOUGHT BUBBLES. Each thought bubble represents a big, juicy idea that your audience can visualize and understand easily.  The more the storyteller can really see and feel the thought bubbles, the more the audience will see and feel them too!

Map it Out: The Power of Thought Bubbles

Use your script for preparation, but practice speaking the main ideas of what you wish to convey, so you can make your speech as conversational as possible. When you do, your audience will feel like they are getting to know YOU and that’s what builds memorable presentations.

To Script or Not to Script: How to Remember What You Are Going to Say

Less is more! Images should merely support what you are saying, but YOU should be the most dynamic person in the room. Clean, simple and spare slides should be your best rule of thumb.

Thoughts about PowerPoint Slides, Graphics and More

While I know it may be tempting to “wing it” when you get on stage, chances are you will ramble on instead of delivering a confident and clear message.  Please use the worksheet attached to see my favorite do's and don'ts!

The Power of Practice: Out Loud and in Your Mind
+ Show Time: Tips to Looking Great On Stage
3 lectures 16:26

It’s a good idea to think about what you will wear when you are in front of an audience. The truth is, your clothes tell a story and you want to give careful consideration to what story you are sharing.  In the attached worksheet, you see all my best suggestions for choosing an ideal outfit. When you take the time to dress appropriately, style your hair and even wear a touch of make-up so they don't see you sweat, you'll be on your way to wowing the crowd.

Your Clothes: How to Dress the Part

Your voice is an instrument and like any instrument, the more you practice and play, the more expressive you become.  So, how to you train your voice so you your audience can understand every word and actually enjoy hearing the sound of your voice?  It’s easy with these simple steps. 

Common Vocal Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them

Have you ever noticed that when you are speaking with someone you know and like, you are never, ever thinking about what your hands are doing?  It’s true.  You are simply engaged in the conversation, effortlessly connecting. Now, wouldn’t that be lovely if that’s how you felt every time you spoke on the stage? Well, you can… with practice. 

Dynamic, confident body language is as simple as allowing yourself to be YOU. When you are connected to your LOVE of your subject matter and your INTENTION to inspire your audience, your good energy radiates from you.

Body Language Basics: Learn to Command the Stage
+ Your Game Day Skills: Tools to Use on the Day of Your Presentation
3 lectures 18:21

It’s completely normal to be nervous before you go on stage.  But nervousness is really only heightened energy…It’s neither good or bad.  But if you have too much energy, it makes it that much harder to be present and grounded while you are delivering your presentation. Here are some of my favorite methods to calm down and relax before I start speaking in front of an audience.

Your Checklist for Success on the Day of Your Presentation

It's perfectly normal to feel nervous, but I'm happy to report that I have some surefire strategies for calming yourself down. In this video you'll discover some remarkably simple techniques that calm you down, get you grounded and help you think more clearly. Try them for yourself!

Techniques to Calm Your Nerves

Your presentation begins the moment you walk into the building. If you have done your work, you are prepared. You need to review your notes. Instead, take those pre-speaking moments to connect to you audience. Greet them, Introduce yourself. Go grab a drink of water and say hello to a stranger. You will create that positive energy with the audience by being warm and engaging right from the start.

Connecting with the Audience
+ The Aftermath: How to Create Bigger Opportunities for Yourself
3 lectures 08:05

Now, before you start yammering on about all the things you wish you did better… STOP. You did it. I bet it went better than you thought! I bet you are surprised by just how much fun it was to be on that stage commanding all that attention. GOOD FOR YOU! Take a moment and celebrate, my friend. You deserve it.

Give Yourself Some Kudos: Celebrating Your Achievement

Let’s make the most out of this presentation, shall we? You shared your ideas in a new and exciting way. I bet some fine folks took notice. The presentation itself doesn’t need to be the end. Think about all the ways you might be able to leverage this new found visibility.

Get Visible: Planning Your Next Opportunity

This course is for YOU. Please send me your questions and I'll gladly respond. This course is interactive, so I'll be adding content from time to time. Message me here, send me a video or post a comment. All are welcome!

Send me your questions!

I bet you know how import it is to have a winning attitude, but let's take a quick quiz to make sure you have all the facts. It'll be fun. I promise.

So, you think you know the importance of a positive attitude? Let's see!
1 question
2 lectures 23:08

Just a few words to boost your spirit. Here’s a new visualization exercise to help you stay calm + healthy. Happy to have you here… take care!

A Message for You During Uncertain Times

Activate your immune system and calm your mind. Close your eyes, relax your body and listen often. This guided visualization is yours to enjoy on-demand.

A Guided Visualization for Wellbeing