Presentation Science

Using the Science of Learning

to Help Your Audience to

Engage, Learn, Remember, and Act

What do Learners Have to Say?

Powerful content here! I love this course. It’s the best online course I’ve taken–ever! I only see one problem with the course. You’ve set the price too low based on the actual value of the course! It’s worth much more than what you are charging, considering the quality. I’d set the price at $1,000 minimum personally! In my opinion, it is worth $10,000 in the first 6 months once a person has successfully applied this to build new trainings!

— Gale Stafford, executive coach and learning architect at County of San Mateo

Will Thalheimer’s Presentation Science Workshop provides a TON of strategies, tactics, and tools backed up by learning science that will help you transform your bullet-riddled, mind-numbing PowerPoint presentations into meaningful, memorable, motivating, and (yes!) magnificent learning events.

— Holly H., senior instructional designer at global energy technology company

What’s in the Workshop?

The workshop is an online self-paced learning experience designed and created by Will Thalheimer, expert presenter and learning research translator.

  • Learning Time: Between 11 and 14 hours.
  • Learning Modalities: Short videos, reflection questions, scenario-based questions, selected readings, challenging assessments, and more.
  • LTEM Assessment Level: Tier-5, Realistic decision-making scenarios.
  • Workshop Start and End Dates: You can begin the workshop at anytime and take as long as you want to finish it (until we unplug the lights).
  • Discounts: The workshop cannot be discounted as the price is already insanely low!
  • Team/Organization Options: Contact Will Thalheimer (by clicking here) to ask about scheduling your team for a private or tailored workshop.
  • Keynotes: Contact Will Thalheimer (by clicking here) to ask about engaging him as a keynote speaker.

Your Investment: The introductory price of the workshop is $149 per person.

Objectives

Those successfully completing the workshop will almost certainly exhibit these behavioral tendencies:

  • A more informed ability to assess the effectiveness of presentations.
  • A heightened ability to use presentation tools to support audiences in engagement and learning.
  • A renewed hope for the ability of PowerPoint, Keynote, Prezi, and Google Slides (et cetera) to be effective.
  • A clear sense of the critical importance of engaging one’s audience in learning-producing activities.
  • A competence in supporting audience members in remembering key information.
  • An increased ability to move one’s audience toward meaningful action.
  • A tendency to avoid content-heavy verbal assaults on one’s audience.
  • An ability and impetus to avoid the most common mistakes that presenters make.
  • A profound sense that valid and credible content is an almost sacred responsibility.
  • A more robust approach to assessing one’s effectiveness in supporting audience learning.
  • An ability to replace bullet points with alternatives that avoid turning off audience attention.
  • A deep appreciation for how presentations can be re-imagined as vehicles for learning.
  • A strong motivation to champion improved presentations.
  • A tested competence in making good decisions about presentation design.

Clarity on Expectations: The workshop will lay the foundation for creating and delivering improved presentations but will not, by itself, make participants expert presenters. Guided and iterative practice with extensive coaching is required for true expertise. Those who are successful in this workshop, will almost certainly be able to present more effectively—doing much more than most to help their audiences to engage, learn, remember, and act—but workshop participants will not automatically become expert presenters. Participants who are successful are welcome to engage us in our coaching services—where guided, iterative practice, one-on-one coaching, and presentation-design reviews can be provided.

Background

Most presentations fail the attention test. As an audience member, your mind wanders, you check out, you don’t fully get what the presenter is saying. Time is wasted. Productivity wanes. And we start all over again!

Let’s face the truth. You and I—and damned well everybody—are part of the problem. We all make a ton of tiny mistakes that hurt us when we present! We are not getting the most out of our presentations—and neither is our audience.

This crappy state of presentations has been going on for decades. We may have taken presentation-skills courses. We make have taken training on how to use PowerPoint, etc. None of this has fixed the problem.

Now, finally, there is hope.

Dr. Will Thalheimer, noted learning expert—consultant to the Navy Seals, Oxfam, Bloomberg, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention—has built a master class on how to use PowerPoint and other presentation tools to help your audience to:

  • Engage
  • Learn
  • Remember
  • Act

ELRA! is based on the science of learning and cognition. It is the third wave of presentation-performance training. First we learn the tools. Second we learn presentation skills. Third—and most critically—we start at the foundation. We explore the inner workings of human cognition and functioning and work backwards to presentation motifs that align with our audiences’ learning systems.

Learning is the key! As presenters we certainly want our audiences to be engaged, but engagement alone is just entertainment. Great presenters aim higher—to help their audiences to learn, to remember what they learned so they can use the learning later, to propel their audiences to act so they can actually gain the benefits intended.

Dr. Thalheimer’s master class is open to all.

  • Teachers
  • Trainers
  • Professors
  • Keynote Speakers
  • Conference Presenters
  • CEO’s and Senior Managers
  • Project Managers
  • Team Leaders
  • Managers
  • Supervisors
  • Salespeople
  • Military Leaders
  • Coaches
  • Researchers
  • Politicians (god help us)
  • Religious Leaders
  • College Students
  • ANYBODY WHO PRESENTS!!

Will Thalheimer speaks the hard truths! His Presentation Science Workshop is not some namby-pamby neuro-babble BS baloneyfication of platitudes. Will’s master class provide powerful practical ideas for how you can seriously improve your presentations using PowerPoint or your presentation tool of choice. Will’s recommendations are inspired by the sciences of learning, cognition, memory, instruction, training, persuasion, creativity, and behavior change.

How much will you pay for a learning experience that changes everything about how you connect, inspire, and enable excellence in your audience—in your learners? How about one hundred and forty-nine dollars? Yes, read it again. $149.

This is what Will Thalheimer wants you to pay. Here’s his thinking. First, a low price makes the workshop viral-enabled, meaning that you’ll finish the workshop and you’ll love it so much that you’ll want to tell all your friends and coworkers. And, the price is so damned reasonable that you won’t have any hesitancy about recommending the course. So the first reason for a low price is that the workshop will go viral and we’ll be able to recoup our investment and reap the rewards of the free enterprise system, for what it’s worth.

Second, a low price is the ultimate socially-responsible contribution we can make. Doesn’t almost all of humanity sit through boring, inept, ineffectual presentations at one point or another? If this workshop went viral; you, yourself, and your family would benefit. Your countrymen and countrywomen would benefit. All of humanity would benefit! SMILE

Look! It’s not just sitting in awful presentations that’s the only problem. It’s that the presentations don’t unleash the power and potential of the audience to act! Audiences may be engaged, but not learn. They may learn something critically important about how to cure cancer, fight poverty, slow climate disaster; but they may forget what they learned or fail to know how to act.

Think of the ripple effect of the failed-presentation infection! If I don’t enable ELRA—again we want our audience to Engage, Learn, Remember, and Act—if I don’t enable ELRA, the 100 people in my audience don’t act, and the 10,000 people in their audiences don’t act, and the million people in their audiences don’t act, and on and on and on into the abyss.