How long does this eCourse take to complete?
If you sit down and go straight through it, a couple of hours. But we recommend taking your time, answering the questions, thinking about the ideas, and developing your presentation over whatever time period makes sense for you.
Does this eCourse include PowerPoint templates or other slideware?
No. The course provides a new way to think about slides, but it does not provide templates or slides themselves. After you develop your presentation according to the course, you’ll be in a good position to decide whether or not you need slides at all.
What should I do if I experience any technical problems?
Click the “Technical Support” link in the footer at the bottom of the page, and help is just a click away.
Does this eCourse provide any help with delivering a great presentation?
No. That’s for the next course. This course focuses solely on how to develop great content.
In the story section, can I pick more than one story to tell in my presentation?
Not a good idea. It’s best to keep presentations as simple as possible, sticking to one idea. And one story.
Where can I go for more information?
Please go to www.publicwords.com and send us a message, buy one of Nick’s books, book a consultation, or hire him to speak. There’s lots of free information in the blog, as well.
Can I get answers to specific questions about my presentation?
Yes, the course provides a form to send Nick a question. Fill that out, and he’ll get back to you as soon as he can. If your question is time-sensitive (you’re giving a speech tomorrow, for example) please indicate that on the form.
Do I tell my audience which story I’m using?
No. Never draw attention to the structure behind the presentation. You want the audience to focus on the content, not the structure behind the content.
Do I tell my audience which step I’m on in the persuasive speech structure?
Never. You don’t want the audience to focus on being persuaded, but rather on the argument.
Do I tell my audience which level of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs I’m on?
No. It’s better not to draw attention to the thinking behind the presentation.
How do I combine Maslow’s Hierarchy, one of the 5 stories, and the persuasive speech structure?
Think of Maslow’s Hierarchy as dictating what kinds of things you’ll talk about – the success or failure of your business, life or death, or the respect of your peers. Think of the story as something you invoke at the beginning of the speech (and return to from time to time) by using story elements without announcing them. And think of the speech structure as a series of steps that you take.
How long should my presentation be?
That depends on how long you have and what you’re talking about. People talk at the rate of about 125 words per minute, so if you write your presentation out for the first draft, and do a word count, you can easily estimate the length of the speech.
Does the persuasive speech structure really work?
Yes. We have seen it work many, many times. If you respect the audience’s need to go through the decision-making process, and provide them with compelling stories and insights at each step, you will persuade the audience of your point of view.
Is all of the work on preparing a presentation worth it?
Only if you want to do a good job.
Can I save my work?
Yes, that’s what the workbook is for. All of your work will be automatically saved for you.
Can I get a discount for buying the eCourse for a large number of people?
For corporate licenses, please email us.
What if I have to give a presentation of a type that isn’t listed in your examples of presentation types?
Then pick the type that is closest to your presentation assignment. Ask yourself, what is the problem that my audience has for which my information is the answer? And talk about that. Always focus on the audience.
Aren’t all business speeches Quests?
Not at all. Many business presentations are about revenge, when a rival company is discussed, or a love story, when mergers are on the table.
I can’t think of a good action step for the end of my speech. What do I do?
You can always get the audience to pair up and decide something together, in groups of two. Or get them to commit to something by writing it down on a card you provide them.
Why shouldn’t I start my speech with an agenda? Don’t people want to know what the presentation is going to be about?
Do you want to know the plot of movie when you sit down in the theatre? Surprise is a good thing, on the whole, in movies and presentations.