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Presentation Ninjutsu

Our popular "Presentation Aikido" class covers the fundamentals of giving great presentations. In this, the long-awaited follow-up class, Dr Damian Conway delves even deeper into the art and science of presentation, revealing subtle, unexpected, often invisible techniques that can lift your presentations from "great" to "extraordinary".

In this class we'll first explore a series of advanced presentation structures that can help sustain your audience's interest, engagement, and investment in your presentation: "The Rule of Three", conflict and contrast, planned failure, false endings, motifs, and structural reinforcement techniques.

Then we'll examine the principles of visual design as applied to your presentation slides: symmetry, alignment, intentionality, minimalism, incremental display, masking, physicality, and focus. In particular, we'll look at a dozen specific ways you can apply these critical ideas to the practical design and rendering of slide templates, text, code, data, diagrams, images, charts, and tables.

Finally, we'll decode the secrets of effective and compelling stagecraft: how to set up a room to maximize your impact, how to grab and hold an audience right from the start, the three keys to confidence and control, how to transcend your performance anxiety, developing a better speaking voice, and the essential kinaesthetics of communication.

Course format

Half-day or 1-day seminar

2-day workshop

Who should attend

Anyone who has ever presented technical information in front of an audience and would like to do it even more effectively in the future.