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Become an Engaging Presenter

Lesson 1 of 15

Class Introduction


Become an Engaging Presenter

Lesson 1 of 15

Class Introduction


Lesson Info

Class Introduction

Giving a presentation doesn't have to be a struggle. It doesn't have to be punishment. It can actually be something that you enjoy. Now whether you are pitching a new client, presenting to some investors, or just sharing some data with a coworker, at some point in your life you're going to have to make a presentation. But the good news is that there are things that you can do today to become a more engaging public speaker, and our instructor is here to teach us how to do just that. If you're not familiar with Andrew Whelan, let me tell you a little bit about him. Andy is an accomplished career coach and small business owner, and his previous work experience has included performing with the Second City and Late Night With Conan O'Brien. He has helped hundreds of graduates and freelancers achieve professional success. Please welcome to the Creative Live state, Andy Whelan. (applause and cheering) Thank you very much, all right! I just love the idea of sharing data with a coworker. (lau...

ghing) Listen, I've got something to share with you, let's be engaging. (laughing) All right, I wanna start with a little warmup just to get started. So everybody put your right hand out and point at me. Give me your finger. Take your left hand and put your thumb up 'cause we need to warm up both our right and our left sides of our brain to engage the creative and the analytical. Now switch and go back, and switch again so that eventually as you start to practice this at warmup you can do both at the same time. Everybody tell me what you had for breakfast while you do this. I had some yogurt with a little bit of fruit. I don't wanna see any guns and no thumb wrestling. Right, excellent, we're warmed up. I literally just did this with a group of startup founders in an accelerator, and I did the exercise, warmed everybody up, and about 30 minutes into the talk I was giving someone announced, "Actually it works better if you do it down here, I can totally do it." And my response was, "That was 30 minutes ago." (laughing) So that tells you how engaging my presentations are when we start talking about that.

Class Description

Does your work require you to give presentations? Are you just getting through them and hoping for the best but not quite hitting the mark? 

Are you building decks to pitch your ideas and to present to clients, but feel as though your presentation skills are mediocre at best? 

Have you lost out on opportunities because you failed to connect with your audience? It’s time to learn how to improve your presentation skills and to start actually enjoying the entire process. 

Join former Late Night with Conan O’Brien performer, accomplished career coach, and small business owner Andrew Whelan to learn how to be an engaging, dynamic presenter. 

This class is short, actionable, and something you can always reference before you go into a pitch. 

In this class you will learn how to: 

  • Prepare your story and rehearse 
  • Prioritize your message 
  • Improve your vocal strength and physical presence 
  • Get emotionally connected with your audience 
  • Keep the momentum going to develop a rhythm 
  • Read cues, connect with your audience and present yourself as an authority 
  • Manage anxiety and handle the unexpected 



This is my second time as an audience member for Creative Live, and I have to tell you all - I'm hooked! I decided to give it a shot because I'm genuinely interested in the subject being covered, it is a wonderful networking opportunity, and its free for audience members - so I receive the course and the bonus materials. For those of you that are nervous about the cameras like I was, let me assure you that you hardly even notice them. If you ever watched a few courses before becoming an audience member, you can tell how little the audience is even shown. Now as for Mr. Whelan - CL couldn't have picked a better presenter to present about presentations. His knowledge and experience reflects in his presentation - he's warm, personable, and if he did rehearse and prepare the way he recommends, it's not noticeable. He's natural and you can relate to every point made. I hope there are other Andrew Whelan courses in the future. I highly recommend CL - as a participant and an audience member - for their variety of course content and bonus materials that I continue to use in my day-to-day. I strongly recommend any class or workshop that includes Andrew Whelan. His advice, experience, and genuine empathetic approach to helping others become better, is invaluable. Thank you Andrew and Thank you Creative Live!

Carolyn Winslow

Thank you! You gave me some fresh ideas to share when I am presenting, and when I'm helping folks be more comfortable when they need to speak in front of others. Good examples, to the point without fluff, and even a bit entertaining. Thanks!

Jack Foxe

This was my first live audience experience, and wow was i shocked how engaged i was! Im someone who has an awful attention span so the fact that i was listening and taking everything in was fantastic. Thanks Andrew for some great tips and making me laugh and thanks to Creative Live for having me in the audience. If anyone who interacts with other people on a regular basis this class is essential!