How to be a presenter people want to listen to again & again
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How to be a presenter people want to listen to again & again

Do you want to inspire and enthuse your audience & have them coming back for more? These 8 openings will do that & more!
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Created by Sarah Simpson
Last updated 6/2015
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  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • By the end of this course you will be able to open a presentation that is:
  • confidently delivered
  • unique
  • professional
  • audience-centric
  • memorable with clear key aims, messages & objectives
  • congruent with you and your style, the venue and the audience
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"A must for all those who are required to stand up & deliver".


This was a quote from one of my students who took this course and sums up how fundamental what you will learn is.

When I ask people what their greatest concern is when speaking in public & presenting, "getting started" or, "the first few minutes" is always top.

The 8 openings we will cover will; reduce your anxiety, establish an audience connection (whether that 5 or 500 people), give the audience a reason to listen to you, establish a professional and knowledgeable tone, set the scene and environment for the rest of your delivery and ensure that you are memorable for all the right reasons!

This course is split into 10 lectures, 8 assignments and 8 mini quizzes. You can expect to complete the lecture videos in 1hour 15mins, but will need an additional 1-2 hours to complete the attached 8 assignments and quizzes (recommended).

There is an information pack which covers everything in the video lectures as well as a written version of my lecture descriptions.

Seinfeld once said "people's number 1 fear is public speaking, number 2 is dying" This course will help to ensure that for you public speaking and presenting is something to be enjoyed and not endured...I promise!

Enrole now to learn the essential secrets and skills that will make you a better presenter today. If you are not satisfied that this course has taught you how to 'hook' your audience and deliver a more confidence, 'polished' delivery there is a 30 day money back guarantee!

Best wishes Sarah

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who has to present in front of others. This could be in a small but no less intimidating meeting up to a large conference hall of 100's
  • Those starting out presenting
  • People who want to add more flair and interest to their deliveries
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Curriculum For This Course
10 Lectures
An Introduction to the 8 Awesome Presentation Openings Course
1 Lecture 04:56

In this lecture I will be introducing the 8 presentation openings we will be exploring throughout this course and explaining why a great opening is so important for both you and your audience.

There is a supplementary workbook that accompanies this course which you can refer to either as you go along, or as a reference.

Sections 2 - 9 have an accompanying assignment in which you can use your own presentation example to practice the tools and techniques shown and explained in each video.

Preview 04:56
Do you want to be ordinary?!
1 Lecture 05:34

In this lecture we will be looking at the box standard or traditional opening. Usually this consists of a title, name and logo slide, with your verbal introduction simply restating this.....but can we do this differently?

Preview 05:34

Recapping a standard presentation opening

The Box Standard or Traditional Opening Quiz
3 questions
1 Lecture 06:52

In this lecture we will be looking at starting your presentation with asking the audience to 'imagine', or 'suppose'. We will see how this approach can increase audience engagement and interest.

Describing & explaining an "imagine", or "suppose" presentation opening

Recapping the 'imagine' or 'suppose' presentation opening

The "Imagine" Opening Quiz
4 questions
Be seen as up-to-date
1 Lecture 05:46

In this lecture we will be looking at the types and benefits of a topical presentation opening.

Describing & explaining a topical presentation opening

Recapping a topical presentation opening

The Topical Opening Quiz
4 questions
What & why - its quite simple really
1 Lecture 04:56

In this lecture we will look at both a standard 'what & why' opening as well as a more relevant and engaging alternative.

Describing & explaining a 'What & Why' presentation opening

Recapping the What & Why, or 'tell them what you going to tell them and why'

The What & Why Opening Quiz
3 questions
Let me get in your mind!
1 Lecture 07:42

In this lecture we will look at how evoking a response from your audience can connect them, you and your message / aim.

This lecture will also introduce audience involvement and imagery.

Describing & explaining an audience thought provoking presentation opening

Recapping the thought provoking presentation opening

The Thought Provoking Opening Quiz
5 questions
Can I have a volunteer...or two?
1 Lecture 05:13

In this lecture we will look at how and why we can actively involve and engage the audience in your presentation. What is the benefit in them being active as opposed to passive?

Describing, explaining & showing how to open with audience involvement

Recapping the audience involvement presentation opening

The Audience Involvement Opening Quiz
4 questions
A picture paints a 1000 words - or more
1 Lecture 09:40

In this lecture we will look at how imagery can; add dimension, increase interest, establish audience connection and add to the audiences learning experience (visual, auditory, kinaesthetic - VAK)

Describing & explaining the use of imagery in your presentation opening

Recapping the imagery or Prezi presentation opening

The Imagery or Prezi Opening Quiz
7 questions
Are you listening?
1 Lecture 09:58

In this lecture we will examine the use of audio.

Why are people 'afraid' of audio only and how can it be used to convey a large amount of information in a short amount of time?

Describing & explaining how audio can be used to open your presentation

Recapping the audio presentation opening

The Audio Opening Quiz
4 questions
What can we conclude?
1 Lecture 04:35

In this final lecture we will recap our 8 presentation openings and summarise why it's important to match; the audience, you, the venue and your aims & messages when choosing an optimum opening.

Which one should you choose?
About the Instructor
Sarah Simpson
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1,870 Students
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lecturer, Consultant, Presenter & Writer

Hi and welcome,

So, you may be asking yourself "why should I choose a course designed and delivered by Sarah?" and its obviously a very good question. After all, we all work hard to earn money and you need to be confident that my courses will give you the very best Return on Investment (both in terms of financial commitment and time).

I have taken my 22 years experience from; the public, private and tertiary sectors, university lecturing, working for the police, fire and councils, being a Fellow of The Institute of Leadership & Management and writing several high download ebooks and converted this into high quality, information rich courses.

This creates a ecourse which is comprehensive, easy to 'break down' and jargon free which ensures you get the best experience possible.

I am also available to answer any questions you may have - remember the only silly question is the one you don't ask!

So, I really hope you enjoy my deliveries as much as I have enjoyed designing and writing them :-)

Best wishes Sarah