Outstanding Presentations 2015: Conversation with TJ Walker

Monday, September 28, 2015
posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 4:00 AM IST



TJ WalkerTJ Walker is the founder of Media Training Worldwide and has been conducting media training workshops and seminars since 1984. Walker has trained Presidents of countries, Prime Ministers, Nobel Peace Prize winners, Super Bowl winners, U.S. Senators, Miss Universes and Members of Parliament. His book, Secret to Foolproof Presentations was a USA Today #1 Bestseller, as well as a Wall Street Journal, and Business Week Bestseller.

In this conversation, TJ discusses his upcoming webinar tomorrow, which he will present as part of the Outstanding Presentations 2015 series.

Geetesh: Tell us more about what you do — and also about how audience perceptions about visuals have changed/evolved over the years?

TJ: Hi, I am TJ Walker, and I have had a lifetime passion for public speaking, oh, or almost! When I was a young boy, I was incredibly shy. I basically never said anything. And, when I was 12, 13 years old, went to Junior High School – then I developed an interest in government, politics, student government and running for office. That forced me out of my comfort zone. I had to start speaking.

And ever since then, I developed the passion for public speaking, to the live audiences and the media. People ask me all the times, “TJ, how do you capture the interest of an audience? What’s the secret?” Well, here’s the easiest way of making sure you are always going to be interesting to the audience. Practice your speech in advance, on video! These days you can use any cellphone, any smartphone, a webcam, and then watch yourself. If you find that you are boring yourself, guess what, you are boring! Take that part of your speech, tear it up, and throw it away. Keep practicing your presentation on video until you find it interesting throughout. Chances are you are interesting to the audience.

Outstanding Presentations 2015

Geetesh: What will you speak about in your session as part of the Outstanding Presentations series – and what would be the takeaway for attendees?

TJ: What you’re going to learn in our time together as a part of this conference, I am going to teach you the secrets of really getting to the next level. And how to rehearse in the way that my clients before they’re going to the TED conference rehearse. You can’t just talk it through once, practice and look at the video. You have to go through it again and again and again until you are everything you say. You also there learn some techniques for making sure your PowerPoint slides actually work. Now, I’ll be different from some of my colleagues in this conference. The golden PowerPoint slide is not doing the PowerPoint graphics or word! It’s a test you should give to every one of your slides before you give it to your final audience. And that is to give your presentation user slides to two or three of your colleagues a couple of days before.

Test them. After the presentation, ask them about every slide that they remember. And, what the point was? Any slide they can’t remember, take that slide and throw it in the trash can. That’s right. You can use some controversial things in this webinar – a little different from some of the other experts. But, I look forward spending time with you and exploring this in greater detail.

What is Outstanding Presentations Workshop?

Since 6 years, Ellen Finkelstein has been hosting her immensely popular webinar series on presentation skills called Outstanding Presentations Workshop, or OPW for short.

Days: Tuesdays, starting September 8, 2015 ending October 20, 2015. Each webinar lasts approximately 1 hour.

Time: At 11am PT / 2pm ET / 7pm GMT / 11:30pm IST / 4am AEST

Each webinar will be recorded so you can view it later (for 2 weeks after the session). Sign up for the webinars now!

You must sign up, even to view the recordings.

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1 Comment

  • If other participants in that webinar would say it other way, I'd be "very concerned" about their expertise on presentations design and delivery!

    Miguel Monteiro
    (GM & Master Designer at TRIBEpresentations.com)

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