About the Instructor
I started my working life as a university researcher - but only my mother calls me Dr Raybould. Then I spent over 24 years there, looking at everything from the causes of childhood cancer all the way to patterns of divorce! With 100+ research publications to my name, what this means is this: everything you're going to get is absolutely based on hardcore research. It's not just opinion - it's not just personal experience. What you get is stuff that works in general, not just for the trainer! :) Experience is great, but science is greater. (I know that's bad grammar, sorry! ;) )
I've also worked as an actor, playwright, lighting designer for dance companies, trainer and author. What that means for you is that what you get isn't just boring science. I've also been a professional speaker for nearly ten years now. In other words, I've been at the hard edge of it. I now what it feels like when people don't like your presentation as well as what it feels like to get an ovation. The research I did is all about real world presentations work though - not about being a professional speaker.
My latest book (called Presentation Genius, of course!) was published in 2015 and immediately shot into the top ten for business best-sellers!
Oh, and I'm a reasonably good fire eater, too...
PS, my presentation skills blog has over 500 articles about how to make presentations (and how not to). Google loves me ;) So even if you don't want the more structured material here, there's plenty of feebie content for you...
The course is self-contained, but if you need to drop me a line, go for it! :) I'll do my absolute best to get back to you all: firstname.lastname@example.org.
That's also the address if you want to book some live training, too, or to invite me to speak at your conference...
Who's this online course for?
YOU – if you speak, train or present as part of your business, and want to do it better.
Like the Presentation Genius book, the online course is simple and clear but not soft and fluffy. The recommendations and techniques are backed up by nearly 400 pieces of academic research.
What you get is real, solid, practical advice, backed up by proper science.
The people who'll get most out of this course are those who have to make presentations (or want to) as part of their job or as a serious hobby, but who aren't professional speakers. Perhaps you've just got promoted and now have to talk about what you do as well as acutally do it! ;)
Presentation Genius? Big claim
I admit I am ever so slightly embarrassed about using the word 'genius'...
...especially because I once fell off the podium in fear.
I justify the name because I was approached to write about the science behind presentation skills for the Presentation Genius book. The publisher picked me to write it, because they knew I'd been teaching presentation skills for over a decade, and had previously been a university researcher for 24 years.
Why learn presentation design online?
If you can't get to our face-to-face training sessions, online learning is the next best thing. You'll benefit from:
- No travel time or expenses
- Freedom to learn at your own pace
- Affordability to fit your budget
- Comfort of studying in your own home or office
- Ability to access the course anywhere in the world from any internet-enabled device – Mac, PC or tablet.
To be absolutely frank, designing and structuring your presentations is the part of the process that can best be done online.
What you'll learn - what are the benefits? And what's the catch?
You'll learn lots. Honestly. Trust me. (Actually, don't trust me, check out the free trial bits!)
There are dozens of tools for designing your presentations better - and by better I mean so that they make more of an impact on your audience and get them to change how they think, or feel, or behave. But I need to be frank, there's no silver bullet - there's no one magical system. You've got to learn these tools and apply them.
How does the course work?
You'll learn through a mixture of video, audio and written word, backed up by email support. The course takes about 18 hours to complete, including all the exercises.
You won't take everything in if you try to do it all in one go, so we recommend you spread the learning over a few weeks. To help you pace yourself, we'll send you a series of emails that suggest what you should work on next, and when. You'll also receive extra material and useful links.
Of course, you are welcome to ignore all the instructions, and jump around the modules if you prefer.
While you're working through the material, you are welcome to ask any questions that arise, and I'll be happy to help. Just email email@example.com.
For completely personalised training, you'll have to attend a live course or book private mentoring with me.
What's NOT included?
You'll get a lot of technical advice, but this course is not PowerPoint training, nor Keynote training, nor Prezi training, nor any other package. In fact, you may decide you don't need to use slides at all - shock horror!
Why isn't that included? Because the whole point of designing good presentations is that you use the best tool for the job. If that's PowerPoint, great, but if it's dancing elephants and all you've learned from me is PowerPoint, you're stuck. So I'll show you the thinking behind the software, so that you can do it right.
So you want to be a Presentation Genius...
Being able to present well means you will potentially earn more money. How? Because recent research in Australia found that people with good presentation skills earn an extra $9,000AUS each year.
Good presentation skills also make you more employable in the first place. In fact, 2014 research of 6,000 US recruiters said it was the main thing employers look for – over twice as important as managerial skills.
What's more, being able to communicate well makes you more productive at work, which makes employers happy and businesses succeed.
What happens next?
Scroll up to the top or down to the bottom of the page and click the Free trial or Buy now button. I'll see you on the other side.
*Genius level is not guaranteed, but if you're not happy with the online course just let us know in the first two weeks and we'll give your money back. We'll also leave you access to the site. Because we're good like that ;)
About your trainer
I'm a trainer, professional speaker, and the author of Presentation Genius (top ten best-selling business book, published 2015).
Formerly, I was a university research scientist, looking at anything from the causes of childhood cancer to patterns of divorce. Over 24 years in this role I wrote over 100 research publications. What this means to you is that all the course content is based on hardcore research; not just opinion.
I've also worked as an actor, playwright, lighting designer – oh, and a fire-eater. Obviously.
From this brief biography, you will hopefully see that, as well as being informative, the course is great fun.
Want a free taster? Browse my presentation skills blog for over 500 articles about what makes a great presentation (and what makes a rubbish presentation).
Presentation Genius: The book. Buy it on Amazon
Presentation Genius: In-house. Customised training delivered anywhere in the UK, whether public or private sector. Find out more
Presentation Genius: Live. Keynote presentation by Dr Simon Raybould, to inspire and educate the audience at your event. Find out more
Above everything else, enjoy! You can't learn what you don't like!