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Most Presentations Are Glorified Snoozefests! Let's Change That

Aside from making your day a little less fun, boring presentations are also bad for business. Now, more than ever, your message is competing against hungry pets, rambunctious children, and everything happening on Tiktok. The good news: knowing a few techniques will make sure yours are never dull. The even better news: The bar out there is pretty low. No matter what your experience level, you can stand out fast. This course will make sure you do just that and in a fast and fun way.

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Become a better & more engaging public speaker fast with expanded techniques from David's book "Do You Talk Funny"

"The best public speaking and storytelling book of all time” —BookAuthority

HI, I'M DAVID NIHILL

I've spend over 10,000 hours on stage. Here's how I can help you.


I've always been afraid of public speaking but I'm lucky enough to have the option to get paid to do it. Wacky I know. To try and overcome my own fears I spent the last 8 years on every stage I could find. I've won storytelling and standup comedy competitions, have a talk on TED.com, spoke at many of the world's largest tech and business conferences, recorded a comedy special, and taught this topic at some of the world's leading institutions, like Stanford Business School and University of Oxford.  I wrote a bestselling book on the not so sexy subject and run a high level ghostwriting company that's behind many of the world's highest profile leaders talks. 

I've applied a lot of what I've learned to help thousands of students manage fear of public speaking, give TED talks, be the one who speaks at conferences on behalf of their company, get promoted, get paid to speak and get paid more to speak, deliver more engaging lectures, tell better and more impactful stories, and nail that wedding speech, job interview or non profit funding. Everything I learned clocking up over 10,000 hours on stage you'll learn in a fast and fun way. It will save you years of learning the hard way. 

You Will Learn Practical Ways To:

  • Replicate Top TED Talks & Speakers

  • Add Humor & Up Engagement

  • Become a Great Storyteller

  • Craft Your Message & Make Boring Content Fun

  • Never Go Blank on Stage & Manage Stage Fright

  • Deliver Better Virtual Presentations

  • Manage Any Audience & Hold Their Interest

What They're Saying

“My audiences were engaged, emotional, and laughing out loud. David Nihill is a master.”

Former CEO and Board Director of GoDaddy

Blake Irving

“Ah-mazing course!! David is hysterical and awesome and you HAVE to take this course. Seriously, if you don't take this course you will regret it for the rest of your life!.”

Bestselling Author and Speaker

Vanessa Van Edwards

“I've given quite a few talks and David's content is the most helpful I've found on becoming a better speaker. Plus it made me laugh out loud!.”

Bestselling Author, Speaker, Founder of Kettle & Fire

Justin Mares

RATINGS & REVIEWS FROM STUDENTS

Jocelyn Ring

5 star rating

“This is the public speaking class you've been searching for! I've taken countless courses on presentations and public speaking. Most of them zero in on one topic–how do design slides, how to use a storytelling framework, how to present, how to use...”

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“This is the public speaking class you've been searching for! I've taken countless courses on presentations and public speaking. Most of them zero in on one topic–how do design slides, how to use a storytelling framework, how to present, how to use your voice. Not a single one of them showed how to use humor as a powerful tool or how to be yourself when presenting. David's course covered ALL the topics and demystified HOW to be funny and how to deal with stage fright. Combining subject matter knowledge and humor is an artform that I look forward to practicing. The lessons are short, super engaging and fast-paced. This will be a course that you actually finish ;) The exercises take what you've just learned and show how to put them into practice....and it will be practice to learn how to write material, deliver it and refine it. This course will be a go-to for me with every new presentation and speaking opportunity until he creates his next course. Thank you for creating this course, David!”

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Kashyap Kompella

5 star rating

“This course is that rare gem. It's very useful and highly entertaining. Hacking Public Speaking helped me hack my TEDx presentation. I was able to use the principles learnt in this course right away and the audience just loved it. Whether you are ...”

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“This course is that rare gem. It's very useful and highly entertaining. Hacking Public Speaking helped me hack my TEDx presentation. I was able to use the principles learnt in this course right away and the audience just loved it. Whether you are an experienced speaker or just learning to unmute yourself, I strongly recommend you do this course. Just buy it. It's worth every penny. Don't let your audience pay the price! ”

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Lisa Martinez

5 star rating

“Like an Avengers movie with bonus scenes in the credits! Yes, that is an exaggeration, but that is my takeaway after reading the book and watching the course material. David carefully deconstructs the most important pieces of effective public spea...”

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“Like an Avengers movie with bonus scenes in the credits! Yes, that is an exaggeration, but that is my takeaway after reading the book and watching the course material. David carefully deconstructs the most important pieces of effective public speaking, and content creation in general, and uses it to keep this course engaging and educational at the same time. And it's true about the bonus scenes in the credits. The virtual presentation segments at the end of the course are very timely and on point. I wish many others could watch that in order to get hooked with the rest of the best practices. Unlike a movie, this course goes further. David offers exercises and resources for each principle to improve on your own time. So excuse me while I go break my 15 year no-homework streak. ”

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Mridu Parikh

5 star rating

“Amazing course! David is so relatable, down to earth, and easy to understand. He takes the fear out of speaking, inserts the fun, and provides super valuable tips to improve any type of presentation. I loved the bite-sized videos, loads of example...”

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“Amazing course! David is so relatable, down to earth, and easy to understand. He takes the fear out of speaking, inserts the fun, and provides super valuable tips to improve any type of presentation. I loved the bite-sized videos, loads of examples, and the prompts. This is no doubt the BEST public speaking course out there!”

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Matt Cameron

5 star rating

“There was so much value I felt guilty claiming my 50% cash back offer! I have attended David Nihill's conferences in the past and watched him live, so I was curious as to how he could translate his energy and insights into an online program. I spe...”

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“There was so much value I felt guilty claiming my 50% cash back offer! I have attended David Nihill's conferences in the past and watched him live, so I was curious as to how he could translate his energy and insights into an online program. I speak at large conferences 3-4 times per year and was looking for non-obvious insights that would help lift my reviews to new heights and this course delivered in spades. Frankly, I think it is priced too low and David should be charging extra for his monthly post-course sessions (They are value packed). If you have read ALL the books and think you have seen it all (like me), then give this course a go - You won't be disappointed.”

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Steven Moran

5 star rating

“I do a lot of online learning some way more expensive than yours. This is hands down the best, most fun, and most practical of any of the courses I have taken. Already I have used the techniques to rewrite the open story sequence for my keynote...”

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“I do a lot of online learning some way more expensive than yours. This is hands down the best, most fun, and most practical of any of the courses I have taken. Already I have used the techniques to rewrite the open story sequence for my keynote speech. ”

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Bonus Inclusions

  • Office Hours Live Calls Included

    You've questions, I've answers...hopefully! All students get access to join monthly office hours live calls with me, where I deliver bonus content & answer your questions live via Zoom.

  • 50% Cash Back

    Finish all the course lessons within 30 days of purchase & you'll get 50% of your money back. I want you to hack public speaking & a little incentive never hurts!

  • Free Bonus Course

    Access to a second bonus course full of interviews with featured case study speakers & updated content. That way as I learn more and get better, you will too. This content will never become outdated.

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What's It Like?

Here's an example of some of the course content. In this lesson we've one simple thing most folks don't know. One that few, if any, training on this topic teach, and one that makes a big difference.

This program includes 3.5 hours of total content split into two sections: content creation and content delivery. Lessons on average are 6 minutes long, binge-watching friendly, and regularly followed with exercises, so you can apply the teachings. You'll definitely laugh and learn.

It's been tested and honed through teaching thousands of students, across 20 countries, at some of the world's largest conferences and academic institutions. Here it's compressed into one program that I know you'll enjoy...as long as you're not emotionally traumatised by the thought of looking at my scary head for a few hours.  

Glen Duggan

5 star rating

“I loved it and can honestly say that it's the first time that I've ever had so many laughs while learning. Do yourself, and more importantly - your audience a favour by learning the techniques that the professionals use to make boring meetings, pr...”

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“I loved it and can honestly say that it's the first time that I've ever had so many laughs while learning. Do yourself, and more importantly - your audience a favour by learning the techniques that the professionals use to make boring meetings, presentations and talks more engaging. If everyone did this course, we'd all be doing Ted talks!”

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David Lyndon

5 star rating

“An enlightening and highly enjoyable course full of practical techniques for enhancing all forms of spoken communication. Well structured with a wealth of very entertaining examples. I will come back to it time and time again - an excellent invest...”

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“An enlightening and highly enjoyable course full of practical techniques for enhancing all forms of spoken communication. Well structured with a wealth of very entertaining examples. I will come back to it time and time again - an excellent investment.”

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What You Get For Your Money

  • Lifetime access to over 3.5 hours of engaging content in Hacking Public Speaking. Enjoy it or your money back, guaranteed.

  • A whole additional bonus course for those who want to keep learning and dive deeper into the topic.

  • Monthly office hours Zoom group calls where you can ask questions and get updated content.

  • A handy digital summary tips guide and workbook to help you apply the learning.

  • An accessible instructor (me!) who cares so much that you complete this he (also me) is willing to give you money back to do so.

  • No up-sells. No hourly overpriced 1 to 1 emotional support sessions, no weekend retreats in Bali where a squirrel massages your feet during a goat yoga digital detox. As we say in Ireland, no bollox. Just actionable, and fun, easy to apply techniques.

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Marni Hale

5 star rating

“Hilarious, helpful and inspiring - all executives and speakers should take this course! How many times have you watched a presentation on a topic you were really interested in and found it incredibly difficult to listen because the speaker was soo...”

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“Hilarious, helpful and inspiring - all executives and speakers should take this course! How many times have you watched a presentation on a topic you were really interested in and found it incredibly difficult to listen because the speaker was soooo boring. 🙋‍♀️🙋‍♀️🙋‍♀️. Learning should be fun! That's one of the reasons why everyone should complete David Nihill 's public speaking course. I highly recommend it. ”

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Marc Cohen

5 star rating

“ Great content, great delivery, highly recommended! I do lots of public speaking for my job and have read a lot of books and taken several courses on this subject. This is easily the best content I've encountered. It's super well organized and fu...”

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“ Great content, great delivery, highly recommended! I do lots of public speaking for my job and have read a lot of books and taken several courses on this subject. This is easily the best content I've encountered. It's super well organized and full of great ideas and advice, all presented in a remarkably entertaining, and thought-provoking manner. Thanks for making this excellent course!”

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Jessica Jawspeaksdigital

5 star rating

“Loved it! Thank you Mr. Nihill for leading by example. I loved the way you put the course together to make each lesson short, bitesized and impactful! I learned how to hack public speaking and how to hack online courses in one session. I've alwa...”

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“Loved it! Thank you Mr. Nihill for leading by example. I loved the way you put the course together to make each lesson short, bitesized and impactful! I learned how to hack public speaking and how to hack online courses in one session. I've always wanted to put together a course that was both educational and entertaining. You are the first person that has provided an example to follow. ”

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Still Unsure? Here's The Full Curriculum

  • 01

    Welcome to the course!

    • Thanks for joining me!

    • How we're going to hack public speaking

  • 02

    PART 1: CONTENT CREATION

    • Breaking down and replicating talks

    • Using images and video to up engagement

    • Making the image the story

    • 80/20 principle public speaking

    • Start with a story

    • Your funny story file

    • Assignment: Start your funny story file

  • 03

    Use comedy writing techniques

    • Applying joke structure to your content

    • The rule of 3

    • Stacking techniques: Combining the rule of 3 and images

    • Stacking techniques: The rule of 3 and stories

    • How to avoid going astray with the rule of 3

    • Your writing skills needed here

    • Fernando talk script for you to punch up (comedy writer speak meaning shorten and make more effective)

    • Suggested shortened talk script

    • Assignment: Get writing and link your stories to topics

    • Testing your wisdom

  • 04

    How to story

    • Making storytelling easy

    • How to story part 1

    • How to story part 2

    • Assignment: Watch and try and create your own engaging story talk intro

    • Assignment: Watch these

    • Just in case you still think you've no stories: A socially proven content example

  • 05

    How to make content un-boring

    • Boring content? No problem. Ask this question

    • Start with frustration and pain points

    • Assignment: What drives you bonkers?

    • Use funny words

    • Use exaggeration

    • Use analogy

    • Link and contrast things that don't normally go together

    • Use memorable details

    • Use my favourite technique: Callbacks

    • Is my topic too serious a topic for humor?

    • How to get engaging fast

    • Assignment: linking stories to your presentation or talk topic

    • Assignment: Compare and Contrast

  • 06

    PART 2: CONTENT DELIVERY

    • How to have awesome yet relaxed looking delivery

    • How to start strong

    • Assignment: develop an opening

    • How to get the best possible introduction

    • Assignment: Write out your intro

    • How to control the room if it's less than ideal

    • How to self edit your content

    • How to remove filler words (ah, ehh, but)

    • How to build more trust and control the room

    • How to never worry about forgetting what you plan to say

    • The secret to truly conversational presenting: The memory palace

    • Quick note on using the memory palace

    • Assignment: Start your own memory palace

    • What to do with your hands

    • How to turn negatives into positives and get a positive reaction from anything going wrong

    • How to 10X your delivery with very little effort

    • My own act out attempts

    • How to deliver key points

    • How to short cut preparation time

    • How to have the best possible finish: Never end with questions and answers

    • How to avoid ever going over your time limit

    • How to work in callbacks for huge audience reactions

    • Testing your wisdom

    • How to win over the audience

    • How to evaluate your own performance and improve fast

    • Assignment: Evaluate my story

    • Review: Techniques in my Moth story

    • Assignment: Listen to yourself

    • Delivery wrap up and summary

    • Assignment: Evaluation and permanent beta

  • 07

    Managing stage fright

    • How to manage stage fright

    • Exercise: Watch this Talk on How to Beat Stage Fright

  • 08

    Bookending it

    • The audience are on your side

    • Congrats! You made it! (here's that link for more resources as promised)

    • The book end. Wrapping it up!

    • A last word from you know who

  • 09

    Bonus Content

    • Bonus Course, Zoom Calls and Video Answers To Your Questions.

    • How to Improve Your Virtual Presentations with our special guest

    • Better Virtual Presentations Interview and Tips

    • Links to items mentioned & bonus course access. Extra topics include: pitching, how to deal with disruptions, manage Q&A's, how to set up a room, giving better author talks, how to rock speaking on panels and more!

Robert Bostick

5 star rating

“Hacking Public Speaking is as thorough a course as you are going to find to improve your public speaking. The bonus is it gives you the secret to the 'Humor Advantage' that no other public speaking course does. Enjoy this clear career advantage op...”

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“Hacking Public Speaking is as thorough a course as you are going to find to improve your public speaking. The bonus is it gives you the secret to the 'Humor Advantage' that no other public speaking course does. Enjoy this clear career advantage opportunity. Career advantages can be hard to develop. Being a strong speaker is one of the first ones on the list.”

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Money Back Guarantee

If you find this course hasn't met your expectations, simply drop me a note after you've participated through all the lessons and I’ll refund your entire tuition.

FAQ

  • When does this course start and finish and how long do I have access for?

    This is a completely self-paced online course. Learn anytime, anywhere and at your own pace. After enrolling you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.

  • Can I get an invoice so I can get reimbursed by my company?

    Yes, most definitely. Please drop me email after purchase and any information you need can be added on there. Msg: support at hackingpublicspeaking dot com

  • What if I am unhappy with the course?

    If you find this course hasn't met your expectations, simply drop me a note after you've participated through all the lessons and I’ll refund your entire tuition.

  • I heard a rumor it's possible to die laughing during this course. Can you confirm or deny?

    Next question. This is too controversial.

  • What's included in the course?

    68 short and fun lessons with entertaining examples to back up all key learning points across 3.5 hours of total content. The average lesson time is 6 minutes. It also includes handouts and freebies to help you learn and a monthly virtual group call where you can ask me questions and I'll teach new content (and upload it so you never miss out). In addition to all that you get access to a whole free bonus course with extra tips, videos and interviews.

  • How long do these monthly calls last?

    Calls are ongoing and 30 minutes+ each. I'll run them until we run out of questions to answer, additional items to teach, or when nobody shows up to them anymore and it's just me talking to myself. It's not until death do us part but it could be close.

  • When will these monthly calls be?

    Calls will typically be the last week of each month. The time and day will rotate to get as many of you in as many time zones as possible. Calls will be recorded and uploaded to the course under the heading "Bonus Content" so you never miss anything.

  • How do I get 50% cash back for completion within 30 days and how will you know I've completed it?

    I can see your progress rates within the course via the software, however I can't tell if you were Netflix and chilling while completing it. It's good but not that good. I'll just have to trust you. Simply drop me a message within the course on completion or to support at hackingpublicspeaking.com, we'll confirm it, and your refund will be on its way. Please allow 5 or so business days for processing.

  • With Masterclass I can have all these famous people for a year for $180. What makes this worth it?

    If you think this is a bad deal compared to Masterclass email Samuel L Jackson and tell him he needs to do monthly Zoom calls with you and see how long he takes to reply ;)

David Withington

5 star rating

“Brilliantly practical and amazing value! I love the way David's course is so practical, and taught so well in videos that are perfectly timed to keep maximum attention. No fluff - just pure content made enjoyable by David's presentation style, bac...”

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“Brilliantly practical and amazing value! I love the way David's course is so practical, and taught so well in videos that are perfectly timed to keep maximum attention. No fluff - just pure content made enjoyable by David's presentation style, backed up with personal examples and videos snippets. I learned many useful and applicable techniques and principles. ”

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Watch My Story

I've always hated public speaking so why I've spent the last 8 years of my life studying this not so sexy topic takes a bit of explaining.

9 Ways to Tell if Your Current Public Speaking Trainers Need a Change:

  • They are highly specialized and also offer programs on PR, communications, leading meetings, conflict resolution, real estate investment, Bikram yoga and ultimate frisbee.

  • They ask you to say some random unprepared words into a camera and then insist you watch it back to see how nervous you were saying random unprepared words into a camera.

  • They tell you how to get audiences interested and excited in a way that is not interesting or exciting.

  • They use the age old "picture the audience naked" and then they go take their clothes off and sit in front of you.

  • After the presentation they put on their barista uniform and go back to work at Starbucks.

  • They tell you to make yourself relatable to the audience while wearing an Armani suit.

  • They tell you to speak slowly even though you don’t naturally do this and you end up sounding like a GPS voice while your audience is re-routing.

  • They never teach you how to memorize your talk, which would be helpful as most people’s biggest fear around public speaking is going blank on stage.

  • While telling you to make eye contact with the audience you realize they haven't blinked during the whole conversation.

Paul Moriarty

5 star rating

“David Nihill is incredibly talented as a comedian, speaker, and coach! Through "Hacking Public Speaking," he generously shares a wealth of information delivered in a valuable, engaging, and astonishing easy-to-understand format. The content he sha...”

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“David Nihill is incredibly talented as a comedian, speaker, and coach! Through "Hacking Public Speaking," he generously shares a wealth of information delivered in a valuable, engaging, and astonishing easy-to-understand format. The content he shares will serve as a go-to reference guide well into the future, and I would highly recommend this course to anyone willing to put in the effort to improve their public speaking skills.”

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