Presenting to the Boss(es)

This course will help you prepare for and make critical and high-impact presentations to your boss, a group of executives, customers, prospects, or others who can have a significant impact on your career, company, team, or project. Preparation is key, the presentation is your opportunity to shine, and the debrief and follow-up help ensure you capitalize on opportunities.
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(31)
Level
Beginner
Updated
Jan 21, 2016
Duration
2h 7m
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Description
Course info
Rating
(31)
Level
Beginner
Updated
Jan 21, 2016
Duration
2h 7m
Description

In this course, we talk about concepts and techniques to help make your critical presentations as good as they can be, and to not miss opportunities after your presentation. In the first module, we focus on preparing for the presentation, from stories to your first impression to researching the audience. In the second module, we talk about the actual presentation, including tips from my perspective as a professional speaker. In the third module, we talk about debriefing and follow-up, and ensuring that you don't let opportunities slip through your fingers.

About the author
About the author

Jason Alba is founder of JibberJobber.com, an online relationship manager for professionals to manage their career and job search. Jason is the author of I’m on LinkedIn – Now What??? and coauthor of I’m on Facebook – Now What??? and specializes in helping professionals with career management, network, and personal branding.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Course Overview
Hi everyone, my name is Jason Alba. Welcome to my course, Presenting to the Bosses. In 2006, I started a company to help job seekers organize and manage their job search. My website, jibberjobber. com, also helps non-job seekers nurture network relationships over time. I'm passionate about professional development and have over two dozen courses on Pluralsight. Have you been asked to give a presentation that can change your entire career or a presentation that can make or break what you're working on? That opportunity is exactly what we're going to address in this course. We'll talk about what you can do to best prepare for your big opportunity and tactics to help you deliver the best presentation you can. We'll also talk about what you should do after the presentation so you don't have missed opportunities. The end result of these tactics is that you make the most of this opportunity, make a great presentation, and accomplish your goals whether that is to get more funding, make a sale, getting a raise, or simply educating your audience with knowledge they need. By the end of this course, you'll know what you need to do to give a great presentation and how to capitalize on the opportunity after the presentation is over. After watching this course, continue your learning by diving into other soft skill courses like How to Get Your Next Promotion and Working and Communicating with Different Personalities. I hope you'll join me on this journey of improving your presentation skills and your career, with the Presenting to Bosses course at Pluralsight.

Preparing for an Outstanding Presentation
Welcome to the Pluralsight course, Presenting to the Bosses. This course is designed to help you make a great presentation to your boss, executives at your company, and even customers. Imagine you have a presentation that can have a great impact on your career. The results of your presentation could mean the difference between spectacular success or embarrassing failure. This is not something that you should just jump into and hope it goes okay. You have too much riding on the outcome of your presentation. The strategies and tactics we talk about in this course should help you do a great job. My name is Jason Alba. I've authored dozens of Pluralsight courses on soft skills, professional development, and even entrepreneurial topics. I'm passionate about empowering you with tools you can use to have a better career. We'll start this course talking about what we do before the meeting. How can we prepare so that our presentation is as good as it could possibly be? Then we'll talk about the actual presentation. What are the things that you can do to really knock it out of the park? We can't talk about this topic without talking about what happens after the presentation. How do we follow up? Who do we follow up with? What do we say? By the time you're done with this course, you should have a great idea of how you'll optimize the opportunity that you have to be in front of your audience and accomplish the things that you need to accomplish. Let's get started.

Optimizing the Presentation
In this module, we're going to talk about the actual presentation. We've spent time preparing. Hopefully we had plenty of time to prepare and we were able to do a lot of the things that we did in the last module. Sometimes we won't have that luxury and will only get a few minutes to prepare. Let me share a quote that I've grown up with. It says, "Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity. " Your opportunity is right now. It's during the presentation. You've spent time preparing, so your preparation is about to meet your opportunity. Hopefully you have a wildly successful presentation. Some people might look at that and say, wow that was lucky. You'll know that it wasn't luck at all. It was the opportunity that you have and the preparation that you put into it. At this point, the time to prepare for this presentation has passed. Now it's time to perform. That's what we're going to talk about in this module.

Debriefing and Follow-up After the Presentation
In this module, we're going to talk about what happens after the presentation. I think sometimes we have the inclination to walk out of that room and do some kind of celebration. That's great, but there are other things that we should do. How did the presentation go? Well, the presentation probably went one of three ways. It went really, really good. It went exactly as we hoped it could go. Whether that means that we did a really good job or the people we were presenting to reacted the way we wanted them to, we feel really good. It could've gone, well, maybe just okay, not super great, but nothing bad happened. Or it could have been horrible. We made mistakes, there were too many interruptions, people asked questions, and we didn't respond very well. Whatever the reason, we just feel like the presentation didn't go well. The question is, regardless of how the presentation went, what do we do now? More than likely we don't get a do-over. We might get another meeting, but we won't get to do that meeting over again. What we do after the presentation really provides us an opportunity to take what we started in the presentation and take it to the next level. That's what we're going to talk about in this module. Let's get started.