If you need to give a presentation you need Presentations That Rock
These days, presentation skills are an extremely important part of life. It doesn’t matter what your role, if you want to get ahead, you’d better be able to present. The problem is that any fool can put together a PowerPoint or Keynote Presentation — and many do! Presentations That Rock will show you a better way.
If you want to influence people, you can’t just throw a bunch of words or bullet points up on a screen and expect to wow everyone with your presentation. You can’t just talk at them either. You need a presentation that engages your audience: that has good visuals, a few key words, a presenter who is confident and passionate, and ways to involve your audience. Only then will you have a presentation that truly rocks.
Many presenters simply become overwhelmed
They get overwhelmed because they start designing their presentation in the wrong way, from the wrong angle and with the wrong tools. They lack a structure that will deliver the outcomes they want.
In Presentations That Rock, you’ll:
- Discover an easy-to-follow structure that will guide you step-by-step to a successful presentation.
- Avoid overwhelming yourself!
- Identify three things that are critical to a successful presentation.
- Keep your presentation under control and avoid the dreaded, ‘death by bullet point’.
- Develop a simple presentation design that can be used time and time again.
- Answer key questions – before people even think to ask them.
- Prevent your audience feeling overwhelmed — and searching for the nearest exit.
- Take control of nerves, so you feel completely confident and in control.
In Presentations That Rock you’ll learn a proven step-by-step process for creating an awesome presentation:
- Defining the outcome of your presentation.
- Achieving sequence and flow in your presentation with storyboarding.
- Incorporating answers to the questions your audience wants to ask.
- Engaging your audience with activities relevant to your presentation.
- Understanding the importance of slide design.
- Using templates, fonts, colour and layout creatively and coherently.
- Carefully selecting and using images to enhance your presentation.
- Knowing how many words to use on each slide.
- Including white space and invisible lines in your slides – and understanding why they are important.
- Avoiding distracting the audience with ‘cool’ special effects.
- Using checklists and summaries to ensure you’ve got everything covered.
- Effectively rehearsing your presentation to improve confidence – and iron out any presentation glitches.
- Avoid presentation anxiety and nervousness.
- How to present with confidence and clarity.
Advance praise for Presentations That Rock
Simple Design for the non-designer
“Stephanie has accomplished something quite elusive to many. She makes ￼the whole idea of putting PowerPoint/Keynote presentations together approachable and empowering on a scale of simple that I can relate to with great enthusiasm. I particularly liked her specific recommendations for images, fonts and simple design for the non-designer. She proves why those standard themes are so not up to the task of getting your points across in a compelling way… and more importantly, how you can do it yourself in a much better way.”
Steven Washer visibleauthority.com
Personifies what it advocates
“Presentations That Rock” is an easy to digest eBook that personifies what it advocates. Information is logically presented in bite-size portions. Carefully explained and demonstrated strategies provide recipes for success. I would recommend this ebook to both the beginner and seasoned presenter who want to make their presentations sizzle.”
Mary-Anne Murphy mary-annemurphy.co.nz
“Anyone who uses Power Point or Keynote for presentations, whether you are experienced or a complete novice, will benefit immensely from reading ‘Presentations that Rock’ by Stephanie Philp. The easy conversational style, clever illustrations, and gentle humour make this an entertaining and inspiring read. I especially appreciated the section on story boarding – a sure way to make your presentations flow. I highly recommend this book as a gold mine of practical advice, tips and ideas to ensure your presentations are powerful and engaging.“
Meredith Youngson – Founder, Hearts in Health Care
“Excellent presentation skills ebook: short, well laid out and great checklist summaries to help us put into practise what we’ve learnt”
Michael Beale -1:1 NLP Trainer and Business Coach — executive-coaching.global
From Nervous to Confident
“‘Presentations That Rock helped guide me from being a very nervous, novice speaker to a more confident one. By following the step-by-step guidelines written in simple terms I was able to structure my speech and deliver it effectively. The light hearted humour makes it more enjoyable to read and follow. It was a game changer for me in the way I write and deliver my presentations.”
Pisey Leng – International Best Selling Author of The Wisdom Seeker and TedX speaker
Wonderful, light-hearted humour throughout
“Whether you are a novice at making presentations or not, Stephanie’s e-book ‘Presentations That Rock’ is a must-read. I particularly enjoyed the useful checklists and the examples Stephanie includes, and of course the wonderful light-hearted humour she uses throughout.
I now apply Stephanie’s method to all my presentations and workshops and find it works for me every time.”
Joanna Budai – People Development Consultant
The marrying of humour with practical advice
“The role of the jester in times past was to take the Kings often “stern” message to the people, and to couch it in fun, thereby lessening the sting! Stephanie has cleverly used puns, metaphor, exaggeration, irony and wit to deliver a serious message to people new to presenting. It can take many years to develop a speaking style that works and is a winner repeatedly, and the marrying of humour with practical advice works well here to sustain the reader! A valuable tool and guide for new and emerging speakers!”
Pat Armitstead – Joyologist — Joyology.co.nz
Engaging, clearly set out and easy to follow
“All I can say is THANK YOU! The eBook – Presentations That Rock, couldn’t have come at a better time.
I have been reading (or trying to read) other information about constructing PowerPoints but none have been so engaging, clearly set out and easy to follow. I love the way you led me through it with engaging headings on each paragraph and there wasn’t TOO MUCH information in each one. For someone who resists reading detailed info off the computer screen, this eBook is perfect.
One of the most valuable things I got from it was that the focus should be on your audience with a view to encouraging participation therefore giving them something practical and relevant they can take away to use straight-away. For me that makes the difference between a really worthwhile workshop and one that leaves me not feeling sure what I got from it.
Your lovely humour comes through and that also kept me engaged.
Amanda Dunlop – Director – NZNaturalFormulas.com
Congratulations and thank you
“Thank you for the ebook download. I’m rather biased as I love what you do. I had a quick speed read, this time of year is busy! It looks well set out, precise, to the point and very clear. I love that you also include what questions the audience may ask, as well as how the presenter may be feeling.
Congratulations and thank you again for all your hard work, I will most definitely be putting many if not all aspects of ‘Presentations That Rock’ into practice and recommending your e-book to fellow colleagues, friends and family”.
Nicola Dombroski – Naturopath, Nurse, Nutritionist and Medical Herbalist
Enlightening, logical and highly effective
“I recently had a presentation to construct for a Primary Industry Conference. What started off as an overwhelming task became a simple exercise, with the use of Steph’s ‘Presentations That Rock’.
Steph’s unique way of relaying information and instructions broke the task down into a process of logical steps that included critical thinking about purpose and outcome components as keys to the presentation structure.
The easy-to-follow book answered all the questions I raised in my head and kept me focused on the purpose of my presentation.
The book highlights key points such as keeping visual PowerPoint information simple yet interesting so that the audience attention is maintained ,without being bombarded with all the information we are tempted to throw at them.
Seemingly small things like how to integrate pictures into a power point for maximum impact I found very useful.
With the help of a display board and post-it notes, I was able to quickly get an idea of the bones of what I wanted to include in my presentation, leaving the last few steps of sitting at the computer to construct the power point a breeze.
Thanks so much, Steph for this enlightening, logical and highly effective book.”
Jenny Malcolm – Progress Coach