Next VizThinkU Workshop: “Agile Presenting” – July 30th!

VizthinkLogo400A quick VizThink update: Next Thursday, July 30th, we’re having our next VizThinkU workshop: “Agile Presenting: Engage your audience and introduce interactivity to your presentations” with Heather Gold and John Vlismas. Both are successful comedians who have also made a name for themselves as speakers with their respective, widely-praised, sessions “Unpresenting” and “The Shared World”.

Now I’m sure you’re asking yourself, “What do two comedians have to teach me about making my presentations better?”

More than you might suspect.

Imagine the work environment of a stand-up comic: Performing in an unfamiliar environment, to an unfamiliar crowd and they know there are at least one or two people out there in that dimly-lit room who probably want to take them down a peg. Sound familiar?

Maybe reminds you a little of your last speaking engagement, sales presentation or meeting?

While we’ve focused a lot at VizThink on making your presentations look more appealing and be more effective from a visual stand-point, we haven’t spent a whole lot of time on the skills around delivering it – which is why we assembled this VizThinkU course. This workshop will introduce you to new ideas about engaging and interacting with your audience as well as approaches to think quickly on your feet and react to unexpected situations.

Our two faculty members for this session, Heather Gold and John Vlismas, are both accomplished comedians and public speakers. In addition to their stand-up careers they’ve also consolidated their skills and experiences into workshops that they’ve delivered around the world, and our now bringing them online as part of VizThinkU.

This session promises to be entertaining and informative and you don’t want to miss it – be sure to register today.

This two and half hour webinar will be divided into two parts:

w/ Heather Gold

People who work in the digital realm love interactivity in every realm, but when it comes to presenting, they forget all about it.

In this workshop on UnPresenting innovative comedian Heather Gold breaks down how public communication works and then remakes it in our collective image. Heather focuses on the main thing business has ignored: the actual source of power in the room and how to engage it.

The Shared World
w/ John Vlismas

Successful comedians are high-functioning multi-taskers. They must exert charm, pre-empt mood changes and conclude a sale every time they tell a joke. Essentially, they are expert at forming temporary movements and guiding that movement for the duration of the performance. Take away the humour, and the skill set resembles the ideal profile for a good leader, be it a person or a brand.

Where corporations find it difficult to react to their markets quickly, encumbered by protocol largely designed to assign blame, comedians must assess and react in the blink of an eye, sometimes facing several thousand people they have never met.

Ideally specialist communicators, comedians are adept at managing risk, and do so constantly.

The Shared World™ is a system of thinking which encourages high-speed analysis using empathy, intuition and assimilation of data rapidly to make lightning speed, high quality decisions.

The key to winning over an audience is to position oneself directly at the heart of the crowd. Instead of trying to analyze how they feel – experience how they feel.

Don’t Miss this Workshop

Honestly, I’m really pumped for this workshop – John & Heather are both hilarious but, at the same time, also have really great content.  Whether you have to make small internal presentations or speak regularly to large audiences I guarantee you this is one you do not want to miss.

Check out the workshop page at and register today!

– Ryan