Beyond Engagement

Beyond Engagement: Presentations That Move Your Audience to Learning and Action

This On-Demand event was originally presented on February 26, 2020 (60 min)


Presentations are notoriously boring, painful, and ineffective – even when delivered in training programs. Good presenters engage, but great presenters go beyond engagement to help people learn, remember, and take action.

In this webinar, internationally renowned learning consultant (and research translator) Will Thalheimer helps attendees reimagine presentations from a science-of-learning perspective. In this incisive session, he will share concepts like screen geography, eye paths, and visual credibility while describing practical ways to get rid of all our bullet points, utilize white space, guide attention, and support our audience in remembering and taking action. He’ll also provide an extensive job aid to all participants, outlining over 100 presentation-skill recommendations based on the ELRA (Engagement, Learning, Remembering, Action) model.

Attendees will learn

  • To be motivated to champion a science-of-learning approach to presentations.
  • To replace bullet points with high-credibility alternatives.
  • How to respond to the eye-path phenomenon with better slide designs.
  • Ways to avoid the most serious problems caused by branding and logos.
  • How to engage audience members with scenario-based questions.


Will Thalheimer, Ph.D., does research-based consulting focused on learning evaluation and presentation design in workplace learning. He performs keynotes, workshops, evaluation strategy, smile-sheet rebuilds, and research benchmarking. He is the founder of The Debunker Club, author of the award-winning book, Performance-Focused Smile Sheets, creator of LTEM, the Learning-Transfer Evaluation Model, creator and host of the Presentation-Science online workshop, and co-host of the Truth-in-Learning podcast. Will consults at Work-Learning Research, where he also publishes extensive free research-to-practice reports.

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“Very Engaging! Learned a lot! Hope to Remember and put into Action as much as possible! Thanks!”

Sandra C.
Administrative Director
Loyola University

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“It was awesome, I just began doing some facilitation work on-site and virtually, and practice has helped me when I’m nervous, but I loved the tips about practicing and studying your slides, and if you forgot something no one will realize that, and about identifying my triggers. I would love to continue learning.”

Pamela A.
Operations Specialist
The Nature Conservancy

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“This was impactful in that it gave me some new things to consider and expand into while also reinforcing many of the engagement, learning, remember, and act based parts of my delivery.”

Kimberly W.
Kwhite Coaching


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