Public Speaking, presentations - painless and powerful
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Public speaking ? Forget the fear and learn to enjoy giving fantastic presentations . Powerful, persuasive, confident.
3.8 (185 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.
6,222 students enrolled
Last updated 10/2013
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  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 7 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • By the end of the course you will be able to speak with confidence, project your ideas, capture attention and be in full control of your audience or group.
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  • An open mind.

Learn how to enjoy giving business presentations and public speaking - and captivate your audience

Giving a presentation is one of those things you just can’t escape these days. And for most people it’s a painful experience. This course is dedicated to them. It’s also dedicated to anyone who has got past the ‘I hate doing presentations... I hate public speaking' phase to the ‘How do I become a stellar performer?”

Over the years, Len Smith has given literally thousands of presentations, across Europe and North America. Everything from small boardroom sessions to theatre-style multilingual roadshows. In this course he reveals all.

Even if you are already a proficient speaker, you will almost certainly benefit from learning some of the techniques that can add power to any presentation.

You will discover:

· how to project ideas with confidence

· a simple, proven structure that works every time

· controlling panic and using nerves

· timing - how to pace a talk and stay within time

· handling questions with ease

· turning round an unresponsive or hostile audience

· easy ways to maintain interest

· brain death - how to cope with every speaker's worst fear

· covert rehearsal - eliminating the pain

· ensuring your visual aids really do add impact

Anatomy lesson

We look at the anatomy of a successful presentation. You will learn a simple structure that will cover the requirements of almost any business presentation you will ever have to give. A structure that can enable you to prepare a presentation in minutes. And remember, a speaker working to a structure, a speaker who at all times knows where they are going, is a confident speaker.

Len has trained speakers from start-ups to family businesses and multinationals. His style is lively, entertaining and very engaging. He has presented on BBC’s Executive Business Channel, as well as producing presentations for organizations such as PricewaterhouseCoopers, IBM, Welcome and Pharma Systems.

Who is the target audience?
  • Your friends and colleagues will be astonished - and this works for ANYONE, any age, any background.
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Curriculum For This Course
24 Lectures
Promotional video - is this course for you?
2 Lectures 12:46

An opportunity to meet me briefly. Check me out

Preview 03:22

Hot Spice - adding flavour
12 Lectures 43:45

Five proven techiques for grabbing - and maintaining - attention

Grabbing attention

Handout Attention Grabbers
7 pages

 One of the biggest single complaints about presenters is poor eye contact. There are some golden rules.

Eye Contact

Eye Contact Notes
5 pages

 Monontonous? Here's the cure

Voice part one

Voice part two

Handout VOICE
6 pages

 How to create and use visual aids that really are VISUAL and really do AID your presentation

Visual Aids part one

Visual Aids part two

Visual aids three

Handout VISUAL AIDS Power Point
15 pages

10 pages
Drugs - reducing the pain
5 Lectures 25:06
Visual Aids part four

 Nerves might help a presentation (adrenaline) but panic can ruin it - and destroy confidence along the way

nerves lesson one

NERVES part two

Nerves - summary

12 pages
Anatomy of a persuasive presentation
4 Lectures 19:11

 An anatomy lesson -  how to structure a presenation that has clear objectives - and achieves them

Anatomy of a presentation



A downloadable pdf summarizing everything we have covered about the anatomy of a presentation - the OSPOPE structure
17 pages
Networking events - speed presentations
1 Lecture 09:24

Networking events and Business Breakfasts can be a great way to grow a business. And often, they ofer the opportunity of a 3-4 minute presentation. A bit like speed dating. In this fireside chat we learn 'heavy duty' dating skills.

Fireside Chat - Networking Presentations
About the Instructor
Len Smith
4.5 Average rating
3,918 Reviews
66,894 Students
10 Courses
Freelance copywriter and communications consultant

For the past 20 odd years Len has run his own business, Copywriting On Demand and manages The-Writers-Guru.

He works from home, writing copy for organisations around the world - and lots of them have become personal friends.

With forty years' experience in marketing, he spent three years in Paris responsible for IBM product marketing in 14 countries across EMEA.

His biggest market is the USA, followed by the UK, the Arab states and the Netherlands. His business comes via the web and his website attracts more than 1,000 visits a day.

Clients are as diverse as Vodafone, The Finance Leasing Association, Lloyds, PricewaterhouseCoopers, the BBC, a number of multinational pharmaceutical companies - even a TV 'Secret Millionaire'.

Married for more than 50 years (a world record?) he has three sons.

He lives in a rambling old vicarage in Yorkshire that has the distinction of having been built by the Brönte sisters’ Uncle Fennel. Charlotte’s earliest recorded letter was written from the vicarage during one of the children’s brief holidays there.

His interests have included competitive rallying (including an attempt at the Monte Carlo Rally and the Paris Marrakesh), and paragliding. These days he is content with art and opera.

Vacation time aside, Len aims to answer student queries within hours.

Sean Kaye
4.5 Average rating
4,056 Reviews
70,961 Students
14 Courses
Wordpress Expert in SEO, Security and Content Marketing

Sean has had a long and rewarding career in the Enterprise Technology world and has built a successful business in coaching, online marketing, SEO, Wordpress security and content marketing. During his career, Sean has been responsible for multi-million dollar businesses with seven figure profit numbers.

From his years of management experience, Sean is an accomplished business strategist but also an excellent communicator who can teach and educate people in complicated topics. His laid back style and dedication to his students' learning, as well as achieving their desired results makes Sean a leader in online education.

Sean originally comes from Toronto, Ontario but is now based in Sydney, Australia.