Sticky Steps to Creating Killer Presentations
Chances are you spend some amount of time speaking in front of an audience, whether it’s in the board room delivering status updates, in a classroom inspiring genuine learning, or even in your home motivating the troops out the door on time. No matter your platform, the truth is, there’s always room for improvement, always a way to smooth out your message, make the audience crack a smile, and leave that lasting impression you so desire. Enter Jeff Tan, owner of REVinspires. Jeff developed an awesome training series — “Sticky Steps to Creating Killer Presentations” — and if you’re looking for pointed advice to better your presentation game, look no further.
Really, it’s easy to be an effective speaker—most people have just never learned the basics well enough to master them. This is where Sticky Steps can help.
Ep#116: Intro to Sticky Steps
[8:12] In this intro episode, Jeff walks you through some of his background and tells you straight up what you can expect from his series.
Ep#117: Learning your audience
[11:40] Tune in as Jeff walks us through some tips on how to identify key decision makers or stake holders in your audience and how and why to craft your message just for them.
Ep#121: Mastering the art of story telling
[15:00] From the board room, to the classroom stories can and should be integrated every time we address a crowd. In episode 2 of Jeff Sticky Steps to Creating Killer Presentations Series, he shares with us just how to craft and deliver stories in a meaningful, relevant and tasteful way to spice up every talk we give.
Ep#122: Lightening the mood
[9:51] Do you know the subtle difference between jokes and humor? Which one should you use in your presentations? If you’re not sure, then you definitely need to hear this episode in Jeff Tan’s Sticky Steps series. If you take his well-seasoned advice to heart, you’ll be able to lighten the mood of any talk you ever do and deliver a down-to-earth presentation that delights your audience.
Ep#125: Practice makes perfect, but how?
[11:22] We all understand that true mastery comes with the hefty price of hours of practice, what’s the best way to log our practice hours to be most effective on stage? Tune in to find out.
Ep#129: Overcoming nerves
[9:22] Aiyo… we’ve all felt ’em. Those dancing butterflies in our bellies that like to plague us right before we step in front of a crowd. Believe it or not, some nerves actually propel us towards our best, helping us deliver a killer presentation. But what do we do with those that hinder us, those that make us fudge our lines or, worse, completely draw a blank? In this Sticky Steps episode Jeff shares some secrets to overcoming those pesky nerves, each and every time you speak.
Ep#132: Forgetting your lines
[8:44] Forgetting your lines on stage is normal, actually. So what should you do when it happens? Do you freeze? Crack a joke? Stumble offstage in a panic? Deliver your closing line even though you know there were important things that you’ve left unsaid? In this episode, Jeff has an almost sure fire way to help you push past the fear of forgetting your lines and equips to handle it with grace if you happen to do so on stage.
Ep#134: Drawing the audience back in
[11:09] What do you do when you begin to lose your audience’s interest? You know, people start looking at their phones, chatting with their neighbor, getting up to stretch their legs. What tools do you have in your tool kit to draw your audience back in and be the engaging presenter you want and need to be? In this Sticky Steps episode, Jeff uncovers a couple of tricks you can use to get your audience back on track with your message.
Ep#139: Crafting the perfect PPT
[10:08] Oh the powerpoint presentation. It’s my least favorite part of talks really, because it’s so often used in the wrong way, isn’t it? Many distract from the speaker himself as opposed to adding value to his message. Some speakers use the PPT as their note cards and bore us to pieces reading from the screen. To deliver an effective presentation, do we always need to use a powerpoint? How can we craft a presentation that is complementary to our message? In this episode, Jeff addresses these questions and more, helping us create the perfect visual every time.
Ep#148: Wowing the audience with your voice
[8:32] Would you agree that there is unlimited power in your voice? Let’s be honest, words and more pointedly, how you say those words, can have a massive impact on the delivery of your message. How many talks have you sat through where the content was solid, but the presenter’s voice lulled you into a sleep or simply grated against your soul? How much of their actual message do you remember? I know you don’t want to be that kind of presenter and in this episode, Jeff gives you four very simple, very effective ways to use your voice to keep the audience engaged with your presentation—from start to finish!
Ep#157: Crowd management 101 & troubleshooting
[11:30] A great presenter often welcomes crowd participation when it’s appropriate to open the floor. What do you do though when you have a bit of a heckler on your hands? Someone who asks questions that aren’t relevant to the topic or questions meant just to stir up the pot? What if you’re put on the spot and asked a question that you really don’t know the answer to? Do you fabricate a response? Or own up to the fact that you’re momentarily clueless? In this final Sticky Steps episode with Jeff, he talks through crowd management 101 and what to do if you end up needing to troubleshoot your presentation while up on stage.
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