Sean D Souza – Blackbelt Presentations
(It’s rough enough to have to speak to an audience, but aren’t you always in awe of presenters who can bring the room to life? How do you create presentations that enthrall, hold and move an audience to action)?
In the year 2008, I stood before an audience of about 250 people in Chicago. It was a conference (like most conferences you go to). And it was my turn to speak. After my speech, I made an offer to the audience for some of our products. And most of the audience bought the product priced at about a little over $300.
The interesting part was that I wasn’t the first speaker (I might have been the sixth). So I didn’t have a first-speaker advantage. In fact most of the audience didn’t know me well. And yet I sold over $20,000 worth of product, without the usual “sales pitch”.
So what causes presentations to come alive?
All of us have done presentations, but this isn’t about just “doing” presentations. It’s about setting the stage alight. It’s about doing masterly presentations, or in other words “Black Belt Presentations”.
For you to do “Black belt Presentations” you’d need three core elements:
1) Slide Design and Packaging (Controlling the Presentation Design)
2) Structured Presentation Delivery System (Controlling the Delivery)
3) Control Mechanisms That Get Results (Controlling The Event)
Element 1: Slide Design and Packaging
This is about creating presentations that are so yummy that the audience is gobsmacked. They want to know how you made your presentation so simple, yet so luscious.
And you of course learn how you can create designer-presentations—and do it without a massive graphics budget. This part is about creating packaging that makes your presentation stand out from every other presenter.
Element 2: Then there’s the delivery system
Most of us have some kind of system. It’s called the start-muddle-end. Yes, muddle. Sit back and think of even one presenter who’s really rocked your boots recently? Can you think of that person?
If you can, it’s a person with a delivery system. The delivery system we’re going to use is called the 13-Box System. If someone wakes you at 3am, you should be able to get your presentation going—groggily but technically correct.
Element 3: And of course, event-control
Control sounds like an ugly word. But the lack of control is chaos. And yet control isn’t about hypnotising your audience into submission.
Rather it’s about creating an environment that’s right for learning. Once you have control, you have an audience that knows they’re in the hands of a maestro. And they’ll come along happily for the ride.
So how do you get this trio of design, delivery and control?Presenting “Black Belt Presentations”. It’s a series of three books + audio that span a chunky 100+ pages each plus of course audio.
In this series you get to go in depth and see what makes a Psychotactics presentation so darned powerful (if you’ve ever been to any of our presentations you’ll know what I mean).
You don’t need hoopla.
You don’t need fancy-schmancy stuff. What you do need is a solid understanding of what makes a presentation extremely powerful. And that gives you a boost to put your best foot forward. And to create a presentation that creates real results for a change.
The ‘Black Belt Presentations’ series contains almost 100,000 words and about 400 pages of solid content. And not just some crappy re-packaged content. Every page of the audio and text in the book will give you a deeper insight into how to dramatically improve your presentations.
So what does the ‘Black belt presentations’ series contain?
Here is a list of what to expect
Part 1: Controlling Presentation Design
- DIY Slide Design: How to create stylish slides without driving yourself crazy.
- Understanding the ‘promixity of elements’ and why it avoids visual chaos
- The power of invisible lines and how they help avoid distraction—and increase focus
- Why a simple colour palette saves you endless amounts of preparation time
- How to avoid ‘unwanted noise’ by choosing uncluttered backgrounds
- Why 95% of your slides need just one thought for max impact
- The palm test: How to get rid of unwanted and distracting graphics
- How to use the power of size to make graphics pop on your slides
- Two core methods to instantly increase curiosity on every slide
- Why most photos/graphics are flat on slides and how to bring them to life instantly!
- How to avoid busting your budget on photos/graphics
- Easy ways to stretch your budget without compromising on quality
- How masking and transparency make graphics stand out
- Why most graphs are confusing—and why to avoid 3-D completely
- How to transform graphs into powerful visual data that make audiences sit bolt upright
- How to avoid the downsides of animation
- The secret of how ‘invisible’ animation helps reduce surprise
- Handy presentation resources to help improve your presentation skills
Part 2: Controlling Presentation Delivery
- Why the 13-Box system will change the way you do presentations forever
- A simple way to instantly wake up an audience in a matter of minutes
- The biggest mistakes made with audio and video
- The importance of well-loved stories and how they captivate an audience
- Why ‘easy questions’ break the ice—especially with a tough audience
- How to get engagement with your audience every single time
- The importance of the teaser at the start of your presentation
- Why the right agenda creates a safe zone
- How the fairy tale sequence helps create a flow with your core topics
- How to create drama with statistics, story and problem scenarios
- How examples can save your bacon when you’re running out of time
- How to get a good chunk of your audience to sign up for more information
- Why a break in the middle of your presentation improves conversion
- Goodies: Why they work and when they fail miserably
- Why any goodies or bonuses must have a price point
- Why taking questions at the end is a bad idea
- How to smoothly segue from your presentation to actually selling a product or service
Part 3: Controlling The Event
- The importance of control: And why lack of it leads to utter chaos
- Mastering the three Phases of Control: Pre-event, live-event, post-event
- Teasers: Why they’re an important part of pre-event control
- Why most presenters don’t give any details of presentation content—and why it’s a BIG mistake
- How to use music to influence mood, energy and direct specific behaviour
- Why props change the pace of your presentation—and why this change in pace matters
- How room temperature will make or break your presentation
- 3 Important personal devices no presenter should be without
- Why you need a back up plan. And how to execute on, should things go haywire
- Alcohol: Why even the smallest drink can change the audience perception
- Audience volunteers: Why they play a critical role in keeping you focused on your presentation
- Three check points when using video as a control device
- Why ‘rocking chairs’ and other mundane stories are more effective than more elaborate ones
- A powerful analysis of rhetoric, coercion and story-telling—and why story-telling rocks!
- Three simple keys to create great stories that entrance your audience
- The black slide: A fail-proof method to yank an audience’s attention in a fraction of a second
- Why presenters run out of time—and how to control time down to the last minute
- The challenge set-up: How it adds tremendous suspense and drama to your presentation
- How to engineer the audience testimonial—and how to prevent it from going terribly wrong!
- Why most speakers ignore the ‘radar sweep’ and isolate their biggest potential fans
- How to get rid of the ‘ums’ and ‘ahs’ in your speech in under 15 minutes
- The wind down: Why it’s important to wake up a tired audience
- How to create variation with rhythm, pace and volume
- The myth of public speaking as the No.1 fear deconstructed (You have to read this!)
- The critical importance of the ‘free report’ break—and how it helps you get the contact details of audience members
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