Christmas Download Blowout Sale

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Got an important presentation coming up?

Need some help planning your message, designing your slides, or working on your stage presence?

Have we got a deal for you!

Just in time for the holidays, the Presentation Renovate ebook, audiobook, and bundle (ebook + audiobook) are available for a limited time at no cost.

Nada. Zip. Zero. Zilch.

Free.

Yes, you heard that right.

Shelf space on our server is scarce and quantities are limited, so head over to the Downloads page now, fill up your cart and give yourself–and your loved ones–the gift of better presentations.

Merry Christmas!

Presentation Renovation eBook – Now FREE

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Four years ago, Deanne and I started Renovate in response to a common business problem: bad presentations.

We–you and me–spend a lot of time sitting through and giving presentations, and we wanted to help you make them a bit less painful–maybe even fun. We wrote dozens of educational articles for the blog, a couple of white papers, and an 80-page eBook (and audiobook). All with the goal of helping you make better presentations.

Hundreds of people downloaded the guides, thousands visited the site, and we felt like we were accomplishing what we set out to do.

In 2012, life took us in different directions so Deanne and I decided Renovate needed to change. All of the content is still here but it’s been a back-burner project for the past two years. The cobwebs have collected on the blog.

That brings me, however, to an important announcement today:

The Presentation Renovation eBook is now available for FREE.

You can get it in the store.

We charged a meager $7 for the eBook after it was released but I want to let it out into the world now.

There’s the audiobook version as well, perfect for commuting or plane trips. You can have it for just 99 cents (it used to cost $10).

Simplify your life and get both the eBook and the audiobook for a penny more. A buck for the text and a chance to hear Deanne’s silky, sonorous voice gently encouraging you to make better presentations? Bargain.

Hop over to the store today and pick them up. Heck, get the “9” and “16” guides while you’re at it, too. Encourage your friends, boss, and co-workers to do the same. There’s no good reason to give a bad presentation now.

I hope you find them helpful.

By the way, I’m still available for consulting and training. Drop me a line if you’re interested.

9 Steps to Better Presentations: Part 9 – Get Inspired

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Want to see some good presentations?

TED
Michael’s Slideshare favorites

Want to read a book?

Made to Stick, Chip and Dan Heath
Presentation Zen, Garr Reynolds
Confessions of a Public Speaker, Scott Berkun
Presentation Renovation, Michael Gowin & Deanne Mott

Still don’t have the FREE 9 guide? What are you waiting for?

9 Steps to Better Presentations: Part 8 – Rehearse

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Want to know the one thing that may improve your talk more than anything else?

It’s the one thing most people won’t do: practice.

Rehearsing your presentation gets you comfortable with your material. The more comfortable you are before you speak, the less you’ll feel the urge to run away on the big day (stage fright).

Plus, the people who’ve come to hear you deserve your best, don’t they?

Steve Jobs rehearsed. George Carlin and Henry Fonda rehearsed. And they were pros.

9 Steps to Better Presentations: Part 7 – Give Cues

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Cues are like visual and verbal sign posts. They help your audience navigate your presentation and figure out what to expect next.

You can give visual cues in your slidedeck. Notice, for example, how each major point in this presentation begins with a slide that shows a number. That’s a cue.

You can give verbal cues as well. “First…” “Next…” “By contrast…” Those are cues.

Use cues like these to refocus your audience’s attention.