REAL TALK: What Other Experts Won't Tell You About How to Make Presentations That Sizzle

REAL TALK: What Other Experts Won't Tell You About How to Make Presentations That Sizzle

by Bridgett McGowen


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REAL TALK provides no-nonsense, practical, ready-to-use advice and strategies that are based on the work of an award-winning international professional speaker who, since 2002, has designed and facilitated hundreds of webinars and face-to-face presentations to thousands of people positioned all around the globe.

REAL TALK details, step-by-step, what to do in your presentations so you look and sound like a master on the mic. REAL TALK goes a step further and also details what not to do and provides the rationale behind every recommendation.

If you have ever wondered about how to control your jitters before speaking, how to establish your credibility even if you do not have an impressive background or biography, what to do to get your audience engaged without using a lot of bells and whistles, or how to keep the audience from giving you blank stares when you ask "Are there any questions?" then REAL TALK has the answers to these and dozens of other presentation challenges.

Get a full understanding of how to embrace the four pillars of how you look, how you sound, what you say, and how you say it so every presentation you make is consistently dynamic and enthusiastically received by your audiences.

No one will ever again leave your presentations disappointed, and you will proudly walk away from each performance knowing you crushed it. REAL TALK gives you real direction and real advice on how to make presentations that sizzle every single time!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780999890110
Publisher: Bmchawk Talks, LLC
Publication date: 04/12/2019
Pages: 222
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Bridgett McGowen is an award-winning international professional speaker and the founder and owner of BMcTALKS Academy where she helps professional women be the most engaging, dynamic, incredible communicators ever!

Bridgett has spoken on programs alongside prominent figures such as former President Barack Obama, Deepak Chopra, Major League Baseball sensation Alex Rodriguez (A-Rod), Oprah Winfrey, and Shonda Rhimes.

The prestigious University of Texas at Austin has presented her with a Master Presenter Award, Canada-based One Woman has presented her with two Fearless Woman Awards, and she has facilitated hundreds of presentations and webinars to thousands of students and professionals positioned all around the globe.

Bridgett's presentations have been sought after by companies and organizations such as Vanguard Investments, LifeLock, Symantec, Kentucky Fried Chicken, McGraw-Hill Education, LinkedIn Local, and Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). She has been quoted by Transizion, has contributed to Up Journey, and has appeared as a guest on The Training and Learning Development Company's TLDCast as well as Phoenix Business Radio to showcase her expertise in the professional speaking industry. Her work in professional speaking and public speaking coaching has been highlighted by VoyagePhoenix Magazine; award-winning branding and consulting agency, Catalyst; The Startup Growth; and her alma mater, Prairie View A&M University, the second oldest institution of higher education in the state of Texas.

Bridgett has also taught for the Texas A&M University System, Lone Star College System, and University of Phoenix. She has earned a bachelor's degree in Communication and a master's degree; she is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated; and she is the president of her local Toastmasters club.

Bridgett's mission now is to help as many professional women as possible get the tools and skills they need to master their messages so that they can turn their voices into powerhouses, inspire millions, and build serious skill sets and mindsets that will lead to more and more opportunities.

Bridgett lives with her family in the Phoenix, Arizona area and loves beautiful sunsets.

Table of Contents


Why Do You Get Nervous Before a Presentation?

Is Your Speech a Victim of Wimpy Words?

Here's What's Wrong With How You Practice

8 Secrets to Stop Saying "Uh," "Um," and Other Filler Words

Make This One Change to Sound Confident Every Single Time You Speak

Nonverbal Communication: Your Silent (and Secret) Weapon

Big Audiences Require Even Bigger Confidence

Why You Freeze On Stage and What to Do to Fix It

How to Fearlessly Present in Front of Coworkers

Do You Know How to Build Your Confidence and Crush the Jitters?


How You Have Been Introducing Yourself to Audiences is All Wrong

Body Language That Screams "I'm Credible!"

Does Your Look Match Your Message?

How Well Do You Really Know Your Audience?

No Impressive Bio or Background? No Problem!

How to Establish Your Credibility Even When You Are Not Presenting in Front of an Audience

How You Must View Yourself as a Presenter This Moment Forward

Do You Know How to Establish Your Credibility?


The Critical Question Presentations Often Fail to Answer

Grab Your Audience's Attention No Matter Your Topic

The One and Only Way to Ever Start Your Presentation

The 4 P's of Incorporating Humor

Say "Goodbye" to Rambling

Audience Engagement Done Right

Why No One Responds When You Ask "Are There Any Questions?" and What to Ask Instead

Engagement Before You Speak

Are You Guilty of Information Overload?

Move Them From Passive to Active: 3 Really Easy Audience Engagement Tools

How to Uncomplicate a Complicated Topic

3 Tiny Ideas for Huge Audience Engagement

Do You Know How to Give Everyone a Reason to Listen to You?


The Only Presentation Plan You Will Ever Need Part 1: Behind the Scenes

The Only Presentation Plan You Will Ever Need Part 2: The Actual Presentation

The Only Presentation Plan You Will Ever Need Part 3: Your Quick and Clean Checklist

Never Again Get Derailed by a Difficult Audience Member

The 7-Step Expert Method to Expertly Answer Any Question

It's Okay If I Turn and Read My Slides, Right?

To Use a Mic or Not? That is the Question

15 Mistakes You Don't Even Realize You're Making … and How to Fix or Avoid Them Altogether

The Ultimate Presenter Mindset

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