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Presentation Thinking

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Mikey and his presentation pals in and out of GhostRanch Communications have officially embarked upon a quest to become better storytellers. As we dive into this journey, tugging every thread to step up our presentation game along the way, we will be sharing our findings, right here on this special … read more

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#23. Founder Series: Zuri Fertility’s pitch to help couples everywhere

June 30th, 2022


Zuri Fertility founders Blair Matthews and Giuliana Zaccardelli are on a mission to help couples everywhere who are struggling with infertility.

#22. Founder Series: Inside InfernoGuard's Winning Pitch

June 16th, 2022


Inside InfernoGuard’s winning pitch and one founder’s plan to prevent wildfires.

Kevin Kaspar joins Presentation Thinking to discuss his founder journey for InfernoGuard—a device that detects and reports wildfire …

#21. Georgia O’Keeffe’s Storytelling through art and life

June 9th, 2022


Georgia O’Keeffe was a badass artist and desert legend. Dare we say…the Shakespeare of the Southwest?!

Writers aren’t the only ones that tell stories — there is much to be learned from the art world and Georgia’s impact …

#20. Finding our niche in the world of webinars

June 2nd, 2022


Look Ma, we did a webinar!

We dipped our toes into the world of webinars a few weeks ago and, thanks to the creative and strategic genius of GhostRanch Creative Director Dave Sheets, it went even better than we imagined!

#19. Why do PIXAR movies make us cry? (Animator Matthew Luhn talks storytelling in business)

May 26th, 2022


If you’ve ever seen the first few minutes of the PIXAR movie UP!, you’re very aware that stories have the capacity to move you to tears.

PIXAR animator Matthew Luhn might be the one to blame for this.

Having worked on a …

#18. Presentation Book Club: Made to Stick (Part 3)

May 19th, 2022


Part 3, the closing chapter, of our Made to Stick book report/breakdown/book club is HERE.

Frodo is ready to destroy the ring and we’re ready to discuss the “E” and “S” in Chip & Dan Heath’s “SUCCESs” checklist for …

#17. Presentation Book Club: Made to Stick (Part 2)

May 12th, 2022


Dear listeners, welcome back to Book Club. We’re making our way through Chip & Dan Heath’s Made to Stick — a book dissecting all the factors that make certain messages and stories STICK. And there’s a lot of unpack!

#16. What’s the shape of a great story? Nancy Duarte gives us the answers

May 5th, 2022


[Disclaimer: This is not a Nancy Duarte interview. One day it will be.]

Ever wonder what the SHAPE of a story looks like?

Our “Patron Saint of Stories” Nancy Duarte AKA CEO/Founder of Duarte, Inc. has done the research …

#15. “Will you be sharing these slides?” Steve Sheets helps with the age-old Pitch Problem

April 28th, 2022


This week we're working through a hyper-specific Pitch Problem and there was no better man to chat to than our Technical Director at GRC, Mr. Steve Sheets.

Efficiency-obsessed, he wants you to have an easier time …

#14. Presentation Book Club: Made to Stick (Part 1)

April 21st, 2022


If you’re a Malcom Gladwell The Tipping Point fan, then you will definitely be interested in Made to Stick.

Brothers Chip and Dan Heath are a pair of smartie-pants siblings who have spent their lives trying to nail down …

#13. On-site Event Presentation Design: Notes from the road

April 14th, 2022


Breece Justice is one of our top-notch Presentation Designers on the GhostRanch Communications team.

When a client recently entrusted her with the task of traveling to an in-person conference to ensure their high stakes …

#12. Prez Olympics - How to prep for your presentation like an athlete

April 7th, 2022


What’re the Olympics for Presentation Design?

It wasn’t in Beijing, but the TechPoint Mira Awards in Indianapolis are what Mikey calls “a rite of …

#11. TED Talkin': You Are Contagious—now what to do about it?

March 31st, 2022


In her 2017 viral TED Talk, “You Are Contagious”, Vanessa Van Edwards teaches us that our emotions and feelings are contagious—and what to do about it.

A human communication expert and renowned public speaker, Edwards …

#10. Presentation Book Club: "The Tipping Point," revisited.

March 24th, 2022


Fresh off the PrezThinking Reading List!

You’ve probably seen it on your philosopher college friend’s bookshelf—Malcom Gladwell’s The Tipping Point: …

#9. Founder Series: Spirit Sox USA's Lisa Riggs

March 17th, 2022


For this episode, we’re kicking off a series called Founder Stories where we get to talk with founders directly. The folks that are putting pen to …

#8. The Artist's Way; A Presenter's Toolbox

March 10th, 2022


Published in 1992, The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron has withstood the test of time. Groups around the world still actively participate in her 12 …

#7. Presentation Skills in Non-Profit Places

March 3rd, 2022


You ever take a career tangent that feels like a full 180 turn until you realize all the skills you learned up until that point are the reason you …

#6. TED Talkin': Matt Abrahams tells us about "Speaking Up Without Freaking Out"

February 10th, 2022


Mikey and Bethany watched Matt Abrahams's, and then talk about it. Seriously, go watch his Ted Talk, the guy is a brilliant communicator, and gives a bunch of tactical tips on how to manage your public speaking …

#5. We Break Down Canva's How I Built This Episode

January 20th, 2022


I know, it would be cooler if we had actually interviewed Canva co-founder and CEO, Melanie Perkins, for this episode. But for now, we're just going …

#4. Mini Masterclass: Daniel Pink on Sales & Persuasion

January 13th, 2022


Mikey and Bethany watch Daniel Pink's Masterclass on Sales and Persuasion, and then talk about it.

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#3. The André with a Thousand Faces

December 23rd, 2021


Friend of the program, André Fernandes, Director of Strategy at GhostRanch Communications, joins the show to discuss the most recent book he's pulled …

#2. Mini Masterclass: Judd Apatow's take on pitching comedy

December 2nd, 2021


Mikey and Bethany watch Judd Apatow's Masterclass teaching comedy. Well, not even the whole thing, just the chapter on pitching. It's a 13 minute …

#1. Down the Storytelling Rabbit Hole We Go

November 30th, 2021


Mikey introduces what is to come with Presentation Thinking, aka Adventures in Storytelling, aka Pitchin' Ain't Easy. It's a cool ten minutes and …

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