Speak IT With Style
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Speak IT With Style

How to deliver an awesome presentation that will engage any audience from tech to exec
4.8 (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.
49 students enrolled
Created by Patricia McMillan
Last updated 2/2016
English
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Includes:
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 15 Articles
  • 15 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Create and deliver an engaging presentation, even if the topic is technical and the audience isn't
  • Understand your audience, and identify a central idea that will resonate with them
  • Craft appealing content, including visuals and stories
  • Structure ideas in a way that will help the audience understand and remember them
  • Remove jargon, acronyms, and technical terms the audience may not be familiar with
  • Incorporate natural eye contact, movement, and vocal variety into your delivery
  • Practice and prepare effectively, so you'll be confident when delivering your presentation
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Requirements
  • You don't need any prior speaking experience, but you'll gain the most from this course if you have a particular presentation you need to create and deliver.
Description

Let’s say you work in a technical field and you need to give a presentation. If you’re speaking on a subject like enterprise architecture, or data management, or cyber security, for example, you’ll often be talking with people who are not experts in your particular area.

They might be customers, or a general audience at a conference, or executives and decision-makers you’d like to influence.

When you’re in this situation, it’s challenging to do it in a way that’s engaging and accessible. Too often, presentations on technical subjects are dry, boring, and frustrating for the audience.

The people who are able to do it differently, though, the people who speak IT with style, have a huge advantage. These people are not only great in their technical area, they’re also able to connect with other people and show them the value in their ideas.

These are the people whose projects are funded, whose ideas fly, who get to work on the coolest stuff, and who get great jobs at great workplaces. These are the people who get to make a difference.

Everyone can learn to do this. And that’s what we’ll do in this course. We’re going to throw away the old story that it’s OK for technical presentations to be dry and boring. We’re aiming higher. We’re also throwing away the old story that you’re not a good speaker. You absolutely can be.

We’ll build your presentation together from start to finish, with videos and exercises to help you every step of the way.

When you’ve finished the course you’ll have a presentation that’s ready to go, one that will have a real impact on your audience, no matter who that audience is and no matter what topic you’re speaking on. You’ll amaze yourself at how great you’ll feel delivering this presentation and at how people respond to it. And best of all, you’ll have a process that works, that you can use over and over again for any speaking situation.

Are you ready to get started?

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is meant for you if you need to deliver a presentation on a technical topic to an audience who are not experts in your area--customers, executives, or conference delegates, for example. The course content is also broadly applicable to any presenter.
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Curriculum For This Course
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Context
6 Lectures 07:48

Exercise - Get to know your audience
00:07


Exercise - Identify your intention
00:06

Message
02:38

Exercise - Refine your message
00:06
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Content
15 Lectures 22:45
Content is creative work
00:55


Exercise - Brainstorm content ideas
00:06

Messages
01:31

Exercise - Turn topics into messages
00:07

Structure
04:25

Exercise - Create a structure
00:06

Visuals
04:16

Exercise - Add appealing visuals
00:06

Stories
04:54

Exercise - Add stories for engagement
00:07

Language
02:04

Exercise - Look at your language
00:06

Simplify
01:32

Exercise - Content checklist
00:06
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Show time
12 Lectures 18:06
Practice
02:23

Exercise - Schedule practice time
00:06

Stop hiding
02:11

Movement
04:04

Exercise - Practice movement
00:06

Eyes
02:28

Exercise - Eye contact
00:06

Voice
02:23

Exercise - Variety in your voice
00:07

Final prep
02:51

Exercise - Final prep
00:06

A few last words
01:13
About the Instructor
Patricia McMillan
4.8 Average rating
7 Reviews
49 Students
1 Course
Storytelling for Transformation Leaders

Patricia McMillan lives at the edge where two worlds meet: the world of innovation, technology and digital transformation; and the ancient world of storytelling, which speaks to our human need to connect with each other and create sense and meaning in our lives. She’s on a quest to transform soul-sapping work into work that fires the imagination.

Patricia helps business leaders use the power of stories to transform their organisations. Her background in mathematics and 20 years experience in information technology make her ideally placed to bring these skills to technology and information professionals.

She is the author of Make It Matter: The Surprising Secret for Leading Digital Transformation.