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Hacking Public Speaking

Quick, easy & fun steps to become a more engaging presenter with proven techniques from the world of stand-up comedy.
Instructor:
David Nihill
16,665 students enrolled
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How to Replicate Top TED Talks & Speakers
Effective Memory Techniques so you Never Go Blank on Stage
How to Become a Great Storyteller
How to Add Humor & Up Engagement
Manage Any Audience & Hold Their Interest
How to Manage a Fear of Public Speaking
How to Deliver Better Virtual Presentations
How to Craft Your Message & Make Boring Content Fun
How to Bring the Energy Up
How to Manage Disruptions
How to Craft a Memorable Story Around Your Product/Service
Tried and Tested Techniques from Public Speaking's True 10,000 Hour Masters: Stand Up Comedians

Hi, I’m David Nihill. I’ve spent over 10,000 hours on stage. Here’s how I can help you:

I’ve always been afraid of public speaking but I’m lucky enough to have the option to get paid to do it. Wacky I know. To try and overcome my own fears I spent the last 8 years on every stage I could find. I’ve won storytelling and standup comedy competitions, have a talk on TED, spoke at many of the world’s largest tech and business conferences, recorded a comedy special, and taught this topic at some of the world’s leading institutions, like Stanford Business School and University of Oxford. I wrote a bestselling book on the not so sexy subject and run a high level ghostwriting company that’s behind many of the world’s highest profile leaders talks.

I’ve applied a lot of what I’ve learned to help thousands of students manage fear of public speaking, give TED talks, be the one who speaks at conferences on behalf of their company, get promoted, get paid to speak (and get paid more to speak), deliver more engaging lectures, tell better and more impactful stories, and nail that wedding speech, job interview or non profit funding. Everything I learned clocking up over 10,000 hours on stage you’ll learn in a fast and fun way. It will save you years of learning the hard way and is the most fun and laugh out loud way to become a better and more engaging public speaker.

What they’re saying about it: 

“My audiences were engaged, emotional, and laughing out loud. David Nihill is a master.” Blake Irving – Former CEO and Board Director of GoDaddy

“I’ve given quite a few talks and David’s content is the most helpful I’ve found on becoming a better speaker. Plus it made me laugh out loud!.” Justin Mares – Bestselling Author, Speaker, Founder of Kettle & Fire

“This course is great. I haven’t taken it yet but David drew a picture when he was 6 years old of a penguin drinking beer in a Chinese restaurant and it was clear the potential for slight wisdom and misguided creativity were there.” —Marita Nihill, David’s Mother

Most Presentations Are Glorified Snoozefests! Let’s Change That

Aside from making your day a little less fun, boring presentations are also bad for business. Now, more than ever, your message is competing against hungry pets, rambunctious children, and everything happening on Tiktok. The good news: knowing a few techniques will make sure yours are never dull. The even better news: The bar out there is pretty low. No matter what your experience level, you can stand out fast. This course will make sure you do just that and in a fast and fun way, no matter what level you are. This is everything you’ll ever need to know about public speaking in one place.

                               

Welcome to the course!

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Hacking Public Speaking: The most entertaining way to learn public speaking!
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Welcome to the course and thanks for joining me!
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How we're going to hack public speaking

PART 1: CONTENT CREATION

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Breaking down and replicating talks
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Using images and video to up engagement
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Making the image the story
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80/20 principle public speaking
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Start with a story
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Your funny story file
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Assignment: Start your funny story file

Use comedy writing techniques

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Applying joke structure to your content
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The rule of 3
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Stacking techniques: Combining the rule of 3 and images
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Stacking techniques: The rule of 3 and stories
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How to avoid going astray with the rule of 3
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Your writing skills needed here
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Assignment: Get writing and link your stories to topics
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Testing your wisdom

How to story

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Making storytelling easy
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How to story part 1
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How to story part 2
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Assignment: Watch and try and create your own personal starting story
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Watch these if you are struggling to come up with your own stories
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In case you still think you've no stories: A socially proven content example

Stories can take a while to develop so just in case you think you still have none, try using your favourite content. Worst case "Google" the topic like I have done here for examples, eg: best b2c tweets, the best b2b videos, and bring them to life by showing them and reading them aloud. Just pay attention to the transition lines so their use makes sense to your audience and supports a key point.

Note on this one my timing is slightly off because I haven't used these examples before, so I'm trying to figure out where the audience will laugh, and leave time for them to do so on the fly.

Good habit: as you come across content that makes you laugh add the links to a file you can always come back to.

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Testing your wisdom

How to make content un-boring

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Boring content? No problem. Ask this question
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Start with frustration and pain points
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Assignment: What drives you bonkers?
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Use funny words
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Use exaggeration
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Use analogy
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Link and contrast things that don't normally go together
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Use memorable details
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Use my favourite technique: Callbacks
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Is my topic too serious a topic for humor?
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How to get engaging fast
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Assignment: linking stories to your presentation or talk topic
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Assignment: Compare and Contrast

PART 2: CONTENT DELIVERY

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How to have awesome yet relaxed looking delivery
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How to start strong
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Assignment: Develop an Opening

If you don't yet have a story that comes to mind try and develop a generic, but unique to you, opening line, bearing in mind the importance of the first 30 seconds of a talk.

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How to get the best possible introduction
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Assignment: Write out your intro

Now that you know your talk starts with your introduction try and write three alternate versions of varying lengths.

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How to control the room if it's less than ideal
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How to self edit your content
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How to remove filler words (ah, ehh, but)
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How to build more trust and control the room
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How to never worry about forgetting what you plan to say
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The secret to truly conversational presenting: The memory palace
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Quick note on using the memory palace
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Assignment: Start your own memory palace

Time to build your own memory palace.

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What to do with your hands
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How to turn negatives into positives and get a positive reaction from anything
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How to 10X your delivery with very little effort
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My own act out attempts
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How to deliver key points
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How to short cut preparation time
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How to have the best possible finish: Never end with questions and answers
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How to avoid ever going over your time limit
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How to work in callbacks for huge audience reactions
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Testing your wisdom
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How to win over the audience
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How to evaluate your own performance and improve fast
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Assignment: Evaluate my story
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Assignment: Listen to yourself

Sounds terrible I know but it's a great habit to get into.

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Delivery wrap up and summary
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Assignment: Evaluation and permanent beta

Managing stage fright

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How to manage stage fright
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Exercise: Watch this Talk on How to Beat Stage Fright

Bookending it

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The audience are on your side
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Congrats! You made it! (here's that link for more resources as promised)
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The book end. Wrapping it up!

Bonus Content

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How to Improve Your Virtual Presentations with our special guest
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Better Virtual Presentations Interview and Tips
  1. Audio Input: Blue Yeti works really well and you can be a bit further back or you could get a USB / mic adapter for your lapel.

  2. Audio Output: I’ve been using these clear headphones (with an extension cable) and they look good. Airpods are a decent alternative although I’m too old school for them and am still struggling to untangle my headphone cord like a caveman trying to make fire from rope.

  3. Lighting: There are some nicer options that are larger and stand alone, but this small, cheap USB option also works pretty well. You can see in the video here Andrew's larger setup works better than my tiny ring light.

  4. 1080P webcam. Anyone is better than none!

  5. Use presentation software that allows you to overlay your slides and them to be transparent. Prezi Video and Evernote Founder Phil Lieben’s new product https://www.mmhmm.app/

  6. More on Andrew Tarvin here: https://drewtarvin.com/

Further info and links to items mentioned in the course can be found here: https://davidnihill.com/hps/

Thanks!

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How to deal with shaky hands
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Speaking on panels
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