5 Online Courses That Will Boost Your Presentation Skills Without Breaking the Bank

75% of presenters agree that they would like to improve their presentation skills—but where can they turn for advice and insight on how to become masters of the stage? Luckily, we live in the amazing age of the Internet, and the answers to all of our questions are never more than a few clicks away. If you liked our #PreziTop100 list of online resources for presenters, you’ll love our latest list: the best online presentation courses for those who don’t want to spend an arm and a leg improving their skills. Take a look:

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Presentation Habits Presenters Don't Like to Admit

How many presentations do you experience in a week? The chances are good that, whether you’re up on stage or sitting in the audience, presentations are a large part of your life. From the classroom to the board room, one of the key ways we express ourselves and our ideas is through public speaking. But are presentations getting the job done in today’s workplace?

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5 Things About Presentations We Learned at the Content Marketing Summit

 

“Content marketing” seems to be on the tips of marketers’ tongues all around the world these days. The #ThinkContent hashtag from today’s Content Marketing Summit, organized by NewsCred, was even a globally trending topic on Twitter.

Great content marketing and great presentations have something in common: the power to deliver a message more effectively. We decided to translate some of the learnings from NewsCred’s conference into tips that all presenters can use to share their ideas and engage their audiences, no matter what they’re discussing.

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How to Memorize Your Presentation—In 60 Minutes or Less

When presenting, it’s never a good idea to read from your slides or note cards. A few quick glances are usually acceptable. And if you read everything word for word, you will seem disengaged from the audience. Even though most presenters know this, the situation still seems unavoidable. What if you experience a mental block and forget an entire section of your presentation? You can’t be expected to memorize an hour-long speech that’s packed with crucial data. Is that even possible? If we were to ask the ancient Greeks and Romans, we would find that the answer is a loud “yes.” How did Cicero remember all of his famous orations? He used a technique called “the memory palace.”

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The Apple Presentation Report Card

Tuesday’s Apple announcement captured attention and imaginations around the world—but how effective were the presenters that took the stage in Cupertino? Apple is a company famous for its tightly-executed presentations, and Steve Jobs is often referenced as having been one of the greatest speakers in the tech industry.

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TED Talks Are Wildly Addictive for 5 Scientific Reasons

In the last ten years researchers studying brain scans have learned more about the science of persuasion than we’ve ever known in all of civilization. That means we’ve know what moves people, and we can prove it scientifically. After analyzing more than 500 TED presentations (adding up to over 150 hours of talks) and speaking directly to successful TED presenters and leading neuroscientists, I’ve discovered that the most popular TED presentations share five common elements that are all based on the science of persuasion. Best of all, you can use these five scientific principles to create more awe-inspiring presentations.

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Everything You Need to Know About Today’s Apple Announcement In 2 Prezis

This morning, Tim Cook and the Apple team announced a series of highly-anticipated new products. From the iPhone 6 to the Apple Watch, the products released during today’s presentations are sure to capture the attention of the business world over the next days and months. But just how revolutionary are these new products, and how do they stand up to the rest of the devices already on the market?

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What does it really take to reach the speaking world’s biggest stage?

“TED has done more to advance the art of lecturing in a decade than Oxford University has done in a thousand years,” said the The Economist in March 2014. There’s an idea worth spreading.

The 20 most popular TED talks* for 2013 had from 5 to over 23 million of us glued our screens. If TED  is setting the bar for talks these days, how easy is it for ordinary folks to make the grade? And how much do the “TED commandments” explain the great speaking techniques behind the astonishing popularity of the most-watched videos?

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Inside Prezi: Meet a Prezi Maestro

When a company decides to make the switch to Prezi from traditional slides, there are several places its employees can turn to learn more about getting started. From our YouTube channel to our Learn & Support page to this very blog, there are lots of resources online that make it easy to learn how to use Prezi on your own. But when it comes to teaching a whole team or organization how to create beautiful prezis, there’s one resource that beats all the rest: Kevin Klein.

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The Single Most Important Part Of Any Business Pitch

This post was originally published on the Big Fish Presentations Blog.

If you’ve ever seen the show Shark Tank, you know the tension and drama surrounding a big business pitch. The nervous entrepreneur, the busy investors, the five-minute presentation—when pitching a business idea, it may seem like many of the odds are against you.

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In Case You Missed It: Avoiding Boring Presentations, Finding More Time In Your Day, and an Icy Lesson in Virality

Each week at Prezi, we scour the Web for the most interesting articles, podcasts, infographics, and videos we can find, all in the name of helping to provide inspiration and insight for presenters of all kinds. Consider this your weekly cheat sheet for big ideas

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How Journalists Are Telling Stories More Compellingly

The media’s use of visual communication is on the rise. Static infographics and digital weather maps have given way to rich, interactive data visualizations. Journalists and mediamakers like Jer Thorp, Data Artist in Residence at The New York Times, are taking “dataviz,” as it’s known in the industry, to a whole new level with beautiful pieces like this visualization of the words “regulation” and “innovation” in the NYT since 1981. (See Jer’s 2011 TEDxVancouver talk “Making data more human.”)

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In Case You Missed It: Tips from the Pros, Storytelling Basics, and the Worst Corporate Diagram Ever?

Each week at Prezi, we scour the Web for the most interesting articles, podcasts, infographics, and videos we can find, all in the name of helping to provide inspiration and insight for presenters of all kinds. Consider this your weekly cheat sheet for big ideas. 

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Why You Should Stop Trying To Eliminate Nervousness Before A Presentation

Whether you’re new to presenting or have had a lot of experience, you probably get nervous before getting up on stage or standing up in the front of a meeting room. You’re not alone—in coaching over a thousand people on their presentation skills over the last 15 years, one of the most common requests I hear is, “How can I not be nervous?”

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Looking Under the Hood of a Great Prezi: “Creating a Winning LinkedIn Profile”

The best prezis combine a number of different features and design tricks to communicate a presenter’s message. But what are the individual techniques that make for a truly effective presentation? As part of a new series on Prezi.com, we examine great prezis from our library, highlighting the best tips and tricks you can use in your own presentations.

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