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.