Episode #157: Mastering the Art and Science of Exceptional Presentation Design

With The Compelling Communicator Author Tim Pollard

I’ll be the first to admit I have a soft spot for books on messaging. For me, it’s just a subject area where I feel as if there’s always something more or new to learn.

And if my writing in the margins, and all the highlighting and underlining I’ve done inside my copy of today’s featured book is any indication of the amount of insights I’ve gained, then look out because I’m about to be awesome!

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My guest today is a chap named Tim Pollard. I call him chap because he’s originally from the UK and, last time I checked, that’s what they call each other over there. Now, however, Tim lives in Billings, MT of all places, so I’ll just call him friend.

His new book, as the image above might have clued you in on, is called The Compelling Communicator: Mastering the Art and Science of Exceptional Presentation Design.

Tim and his company, Oratium, have worked with LinkedIn, Salesforce, Disney, Rockwell, Ericsson, and Graybar, to name a few, and they specialize in training TEDx speakers.

Devouring this book with help you to “powerfully land a small number of big ideas.” Mastering that is the key to any memorable and actionable presentation.

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In today’s episode, Tim and I discuss:

  • Why it is that so many of us present so poorly
  • His model for structuring compelling presentations
  • Some of the key questions to ask before you even begin
  • …and much more!

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Tim’s Latest Book

You can order your copy of The Compelling Communicator: Mastering the Art and Science of Exceptional Presentation Design right now.

Tim Pollard in Action (sort of)

Books Tim Recommends

Why Don’t Students Like School?: A Cognitive Scientist Answer Questions About How the Mind Works and What It Means for the Classroom by Daniel T. Willingham

Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything by Joshua Foer

The Art of Travel by Alain De Botton

Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea: The History and Discovery of the World’s Richest Shipwreck by Gary Kinder

Tim’s Resources

The best place to find out more about Tim is at his website.

Here, you can pick up a copy of Tim’s new book.

Find out more about hiring Tim to speak here.

Connect with Tim on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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  • Bruce

    Awesome insights. Planet presentation will be a better place for all parties when Mr. Pollard’s “architecture” is implemented.

    • I agree Bruce. Tim’s book is incredible. Thanks for commenting.

  • Noah Newell

    I’m definitely going to buy this book, and move it to the top of my reading list.

    I want to help others as much as I can, and being able to breakthrough the current lack of presence in an audience will lead to more breakthroughs and greater growth.

    Jeff, do you recommend any books on how to take more action?

    • That’s wonderful @disqus_IJJUx65mv3:disqus! Oddly enough, a great book I would recommend in that regard is by last week’s guest, Andy Molinsky. http://readtoleadpodcast.com/156.

      • Noah Newell

        Thank you, Jeff. I will listen to the episode tonight.

        • Awesome @disqus_IJJUx65mv3:disqus. Thank you!

  • Lisa Hamilton

    Excellent episode! I bought the book. 🙂

    • I’m so glad you found it helpful Lisa!