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How to Create and Deliver an Impactful Presentation

Lesson 2 of 13

Course Walkthrough and Philosophy


How to Create and Deliver an Impactful Presentation

Lesson 2 of 13

Course Walkthrough and Philosophy


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Course Walkthrough and Philosophy

In this class, we're gonna use some vocabulary that'll help you out, and I definitely encourage you to incorporate this into your own presentation habits. We're gonna talk about decks or presentations at three levels. The first level is a red presentation deck. This is one where you have, could be literally hours in order to prepare something. Usually that's a case where we're not gonna have a lotta slides or we're not gonna have a lot of resources at our fingertips, and it's the highest pressure and highest risk scenario. The next level that we're gonna talk about is a yellow level presentation. This one is a little bit different because you may have a couple days or even a couple weeks to prepare, but there's still something about the presentation that makes it high-risk. Either your material's not ready or there's something about it that is gonna throw you off, and we wanna be able to prepare you for all of those situations. And then the last one is of course the green scenario. Thi...

s is just about everything else. It could be a deck that takes a long time, you have many months or you know that it's coming up, or multiple people are presenting so you know that you're only gonna speak for a couple minutes at a time. It's that sorta catch-all everything else green scenario presentation level. Now, there are a couple things that we're using to denote which level is which, and I wanna talk about them, because these are things that you should be using to decide whether you have on your hands a red level presentation, a yellow or a green. The first one is the length of the presentation. Now, this is very important, because sometimes you're being asked to give a presentation that's very long. Well, that's gonna be a lot more resources. And on average, the longer a presentation goes, the more risk for failure there is because there's more risk of forgetting things the longer your notes have to be, and there's a lot more effort involved in putting together a deck because you're gonna have more slides. The next thing that determines whether a presentation's gonna be red, yellow, or green is your audience. And we'll talk about this a little bit later when we get into the logistics of presenting, but your audience is gonna dictate how much pressure you're going to have because of whether you know them or not, or how many of them there are. Take into account your audience when factoring in whether this is gonna be a red, yellow, or green presentation. The next thing that's gonna dictate our level of presentation is the design. Sometimes we can walk into a presentation with nothing but a pad of paper, and we'll talk about the benefits of doing that and why you should maybe consider that every once in a while during a red presentation deck. If we have a very high-end design deck, something that's maybe coming from a different client or a different business partner, and we need it to match that design, that's going to elevate our risk level into the yellow or red area. Or if we have a deck that we're starting from scratch and we know that we need to make it look really, really good and take our time with it, that's also something that's gonna elevate the risk level. The next thing is content. This is a really important factor because sometimes the level of preparedness of our content is going to dictate how much risk is in the presentation. Is the content ready? Is it, does it need some editing? Do we have no content at all? Take this into account when you're trying to decide what level of presentation you're dealing with, because it's gonna factor in. And then the last one is timing. This is different than length. Instead of length of the presentation itself, this is the time that it's going to take or the time that you have to prepare the deck. This could range from green, which could any, be anywhere from months to weeks, to yellow, which I usually consider a yellow deck to be within a week. If I have a week to prepare something that's maybe an hour long, that'll elevate it to a yellow level. And then red. This could be anything from 24 hours to even two or three hours away. Red is gonna be the trickiest one, and timing plays a big factor in that.

Class Description

The stakes are high. Time is short. You’re up next.

Scenarios like this can make even the most seasoned speaker sweat. Is it possible to create meaningful, mind-changing presentations that actually accomplish goals with little to no preparation? Can you make a visual impact while still being on a “slide budget”? Can you turn a tight-timeline situation into a critical success without sacrificing quality?

Yes! You can do it with this class under your belt!

In this class we’ll spell out the exact steps to quickly craft a great presentation while under the worst of circumstances. No resources? No problem. You’ll learn and master the following steps with real life practical applications...

  • Prepare (Get ready!)
    • Just the Facts: Learn to quickly gather the exact meta-info required to set your mind at ease and why it matters to ask questions
    • The Gathering: Learn to identify the key content ingredients you’ll need upfront
    • Mighty Minimalism: Master the art of simple slide design, regardless of your design background or your chosen presentation program
  • Prioritize (Get set!)
    • Distraction Triage: Learn how to keep their sights on your goal
    • Cut the Fat: Find out what content is worth keeping and what needs to go
    • Touch-ups: Fix tricky visual issues and make even your edits show-stopping
  • Present (GO!)
    • Space Master: Find out how to deal with various presentation setting and audiences
    • Jedi Mind Tricks: Learn to read your audience and pivot on the fly
    • Do’s and Don’t: It can actually be okay to read off of a slide, but always be allergic to bullet points. Learn the nuances of presenting under pressure.


Jude Temianka

Great course with lots of handy tips. I often find myself having to prepare and give presentations at short notice, and a lot of the preparatory advice that Matt gives falls by the wayside as I frantically jump straight into production mode. I often have the feeling to overwhelm my audience with too much information because I don't take the time to step back and determine what content matters most. Super tangible advice that I will be implementing!

Tomas Verver

As a presentator designer I think Matt has an interesting approach on how to create and deliver impactful presentations. Presentations are important part of you career. Presentations can change the company's future, your own future and the world. Making them impactful is very important. At the moment we have still many presentations but many can improve big time. And we have more presentations online (at) the moment.


Found this course concise and informative. Would recommend to all who have to do presentations.