Create your Most Engaging Presentation Ever

Impact your audience and
position yourself as a credible and confident expert

You know that sinking feeling when ...

You look out at your audience and all you see is a wall of blank faces staring back at you.

No-one is smiling. Or nodding. Or anything.

They just aren't getting it.

You ask a question in an attempt to get some sort of response and get...


It's hard to imagine anything that feels quite as bad as this.

Your confidence plummets - your delivery becomes wooden. You just want to get this over with and wouldn't care less if you never had to give another presentation in your life.

But now you've got another presentation coming up.

You're determined to be engaging - to connect with your audience - to make an impact.

You're going to nail it!


Hi. I'm Olivia Mitchell

My audiences used to zone out

In the early 1990s I was working as a lawyer for the Office of the Ombudsmen in New Zealand.

One of my tasks was to deliver presentations to Government agencies to educate them about the role of the Office of the Ombudsmen.

I tried to make up for the rather boring nature of my content by being energetic and dynamic in my delivery.

But it didn't seem to help. I would look at my audience and most of them were zoning out. My energy would sag.

I remember after one particular presentation we all had morning tea together.  It was an opportunity to chat. Absolutely no-one came up to speak to me. The feeling of rejection was agonizing.

Then I met Tony Burns

Tony's first career was as a Music Producer and Sound Engineer. He produced some of New Zealand's hits from the 1980s.

His success led him to be asked to train others who wanted to enter the field.

He realised that the key to successful training was the same as the key to producing a successful song - audience engagement. And, as a producer, he'd figured out many of the techniques that would build, or break, engagement. Find the core - create a journey - use variety - reach a climax.

After talking with Tony, I realised that I was looking for engagement in the wrong place. Engagement depended on my content, not my delivery.

Through Tony's training, advice and guidance I gradually became an engaging presenter. I started to enjoy presenting and the results my presentations were getting. This was despite being an introvert and presenting on dry legal topics. (I also married him but that's another story!)

18 years ago, Tony and I founded Effective Speaking and, since then, we've trained thousands of presenters - both new and experienced - in the engagement strategies and techniques that he first taught me.

Most people don't understand the true source of engagement

The majority of people who come on our training courses believe that to be an engaging presenter you have to have massive confidence, an extrovert personality and dynamic delivery.

We know that that's not true.

We believe that to be an engaging presenter you need to know how to prepare engaging content.

Once you get that right, you can let go of having to compensate by "performing" or delivering in an artificial or inauthentic manner which is not YOU.

When you know that your content is engaging, your confidence and enthusiasm skyrockets. And your delivery will naturally reflect that increased sense of confidence.

The good news is that anyone can prepare great content!

All they need is a system and a willingness to put in the work.

We have the system - it's called the SpeakerMap™.

We've taught it to thousands of people over the last 18 years. We've fine-tuned it over and over to ensure that it gets the best results for our clients.

The SpeakerMap™ will enable you to prepare an effective and engaging presentation, so that you can impress your audience and come across as a credible and confident expert.

Until now the SpeakerMap™ has only been available to people who can come to our live events...

Introducing our new program:

NAIL THAT PRESENTATION is a self-paced online coaching program to help you create your most engaging presentation ever.


Step 1: Build the Framework
  • Pitch your content just right by using our 4-Question Audience Analysis system
  • Develop a crystal clear message that everyone in your audience will get
  • Use the 3Q sequence methodology to develop a logical structure that your audience can follow with ease
Step 2: Develop your Content
  • Explore the magic of stories and other evidence to persuade and engage your audience
  • Create an opening for your presentation which creates anticipation and instantly establishes your credibility
  • How to stay within the Zone of Engagement™ so that your audience don't zone out
  • Implement the five easy Signposting Sentences that will allow your presentation to flow seamlessly
Step 3: Add the Finishing Touches
  • The Note-Writing Formula that will enable you to express yourself in a clear and succinct manner, and yet still be conversational and engaging
  • Design slides using a scientifically proven method that will stimulate, rather than sedate, your audience


Imagine feeling READY and EXCITED  to deliver your presentation

Boost your confidence

You'll have the confidence of knowing that you have great content that is sure to engage your audience.

I feel 100% more confident.

Jo Honey, Winstone Wallboards

Impress your audience

Imagine audience members coming up to you after your presentation and saying "That was the best presentation of the conference".

At a recent conference the best speaker by far had just attended your course.

Paul Wilson, TrustPower

Invest less time

And you'll be thinking to yourself "I achieved that, and in less time that it's ever taken me to prepare a presentation before!"

Your SpeakerMap™ enabled me to plan an effective presentation in half-a-day. Normally this would have taken me two weeks.

Simon Lloyd-Evans, IAG


60 Day Money Back Guarantee

If you implement our principles and systems you will find that they make a significant difference to the success of your presentation.

We stand so solidly behind the effectiveness of Nail that Presentation that we will make it totally risk-free for you.

If your presentation is not significantly improved by implementing our principles and systems, ask for your money back within 60 days of your presentation and we will refund you.

More information on refund policy


Dr Rich Allen

In the decade I’ve known Tony and Olivia, I have watched them become New Zealand’s most passionate and knowledgeable presentation skills trainers.  These are dedicated professionals, at the height of their skills.  I cannot recommend them highly enough.

Dr Rich Allen Green Light Education
Clarissa Wallace

In August I was asked by our CEO to give a presentation to the Board of Trustees. I prepared myself with your SpeakerMap™. I got fantastic feedback and heard that the Board were very impressed with me. This presentation has been the highlight of my year!

Clarissa Wallace Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre
Daniel Bowbyes

Out of the 117 presenters that spoke at the TechEd conference my final ranking  was #9.  I absolutely would not have achieved that had it not been for the invaluable speaker training you provided!

Daniel Bowbyes Datacom



Frequently Asked Questions

  • q-iconWill I be able to access all the program at once?

    Yes. You will have instant access to every module of the program so that you can work through the program at your own pace.

  • q-iconFor how long will I have access to the program?

    You will have lifetime access to the program.

  • q-iconCan I get one-on-one coaching with you?

    Yes, if you register for the program, you can schedule a one-on-one coaching session with  us. The cost for a one-hour session is $297. We normally use Zoom or Skype. Your session can cover other aspects of presenting eg: managing nerves, delivery, handling Q&A.

  • q-iconI see that you're from New Zealand. Will what you're teaching work in other countries?

    Absolutely. The principles of excellent presentation design are universal across Western countries. Olivia has a popular blog with a worldwide following and has been a speaker at the Presentation Summit in the US.

  • q-iconI'd like my employer to pay. Can you invoice them?

    Sorry, we’re only able to accept credit cards or PayPal at this time. The best method is for you to pay with your own credit card or PayPal and claim the expense back from your employer.

  • q-iconWill this work for academic presentations?

    Yes, absolutely it will. However, you may find that your presentation stands out – in a good way!

  • q-iconI have to give a speech at my wedding. Will this work for me?

    Sorry – probably not. Nail That Presentation is best suited for planning business, sales and conference presentations.

Here's what's included...

BONUS #1: The "Be Prepared" Equipment Checklist

Yes, Tony was a Scout. We'll give you a checklist of all the equipment you should bring with you to your presentation so that you're prepared for any eventuality.

BONUS #2: What to ask the Meeting Organiser

We'll give you a list of all the essential questions you need to ask, so that you're aware of all the parameters for your presentation.

BONUS  #3: Captivating Presentation Title Templates

Often, giving your presentation a title is an afterthought. We'll give you a page full of templates that you can adapt to your topic and which will have conference attendees flocking to your session.

BONUS #4: Royalty Free Stock Images

We'll give you our list of free stock photo sites where you can find great images to make your presentation stand out.