121 episodes

Mikey and Molly have been beckoned by the gods to become legendary storytellers — a call impossible to refuse. Join our heroes as they dive deep down the rabbit hole, documenting their findings as they scour all industries and disciplines in search of outside insights, inside outlooks, and, well, anything and everything there is to know about the making (and delivery) of better presentations. This is Presentation Thinking™

Episodes every Thursday morning (USA)

Brought to you by GhostRanch Communications, a presentation design agency

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Mikey and Molly have been beckoned by the gods to become legendary storytellers — a call impossible to refuse. Join our heroes as they dive deep down the rabbit hole, documenting their findings as they scour all industries and disciplines in search of outside insights, inside outlooks, and, well, anything and everything there is to know about the making (and delivery) of better presentations. This is Presentation Thinking™

Episodes every Thursday morning (USA)

Brought to you by GhostRanch Communications, a presentation design agency

Visit GhostRanch.com to punch up your pitch today!

    #120. Pitch (deck) perfect: a conversation with VC expert Tom Fowler

    #120. Pitch (deck) perfect: a conversation with VC expert Tom Fowler

    Tom Fowler—CEO, Venture Capitalist expert and startup mentor—is the person you want in your corner.

    Tom spoke to us about the VC & startup world, creating pitch decks and presentation skills and we loved getting to know his unique breadth of experience in sports performance, investing and even theater (!). 

    Most importantly, he walks us through—slide-by-slide—his ideal format for the perfect Pitch Deck to break through all the noisy advice out there. (Well, Tom said there’s no such thing as the perfect Pitch Deck, but this breakdown will get you pretty dang close). This is an episode for: Startup founders, folks in the VC world and anyone that’s had to pitch something.


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    #119. What’s new in the event industry? Notes from ETL Vegas 2024

    #119. What’s new in the event industry? Notes from ETL Vegas 2024

    What happens in Vegas…gets directly recorded onto our podcast! 

    Mikey’s back from Las Vegas to spill the beans on all things Event Tech Live, an annual event for event marketing that brings in all sorts of new ideas and technology for the event industry to continue to be cutting edge. 

    From learning about prioritizing the attendee experience to humanizing events, we learned that events are their own kind of presentations and as always—tell a story when done well. This is an episode for: event marketers, planners, presenters and anyone curious about emerging technology for events.



    What's in the Spice Cabinet?

    Find Event Tech Live and follow their next events (London is next!) here

    Who does Mikey want to see at the Sphere? 


    The Rolling Stones

    Some other event pros to check out from this event?


    Event Specialists (Event Tech Hub)

    RingCentral Events

    Dahlia El Gazzar



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    #118. In conversation with Julie Terberg—presentation design expert and makeover maven

    #118. In conversation with Julie Terberg—presentation design expert and makeover maven

    Julie Terberg, Presentation Design expert and the woman who co-wrote THE book on PowerPoint templates (among others), joins the pod!

    With a background in industrial design and graphics, Julie designed slides pre-PowerPoint on physical slides before becoming an expert in the software.

    Terberg has developed several online courses, published books on developing PowerPoint templates. appeared at the conference circuit regularly and also holds status as a Microsoft MVP. 

    Julie has taken on creative challenges throughout her presentation work such as her “Makeover Maven” series and designing a Slide-A-Day.

    Julie’s work around visual design and presenting has changed the game. Let’s hear her story. 

    This is an episode for: Presentation nerds, design experts and fans of Julie.

    What's in the Spice Cabinet??

    Find more of Julie’s work on her site, Design to Present.

    She’s got a new whitepaper on choosing fonts for PowerPoint coming out soon!


    Keep an eye on her site + LinkedIn 



    Favorite presenters? 


    Temple Grandin


    Nigel Holmes


    Guy Kawasaki


    Nancy Duarte



    Does Guy Kawasaki’s 10/20/30 PowerPoint Rule still stand?


    “No. [What's what's updated about it?] Like I was saying earlier, well, every presentation is different. And you need to present based on your topic, your content, and your audience. And so less is more. Don't follow any guidance for numbers of words. 



    Who should attend the Presentation Summit? (an in-person and online conference for presentation people!)


    “If you’re involved in the presentation space in any way, it’s a great conference. And you’re gonna meet all these people—you have no idea how many people kinda work in this niche industry.”



    Julie’s walkout song?


    Hell N Back - Bakar




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    #117. Paul Graham’s “Do things that don’t scale”—a presentation POV

    #117. Paul Graham’s “Do things that don’t scale”—a presentation POV

    Paul Graham’s blog post, “Do things that don’t scale”, has largely been heralded as the best advice given for startups—maybe ever? But what can we takeaway from it as presenters? 

    As the founder of renowned accelerator Y Combinator, people trust Paul and are still talking about this post over ten years later. (A big deal for today’s Age of Information). 

    Mikey and Molly dive into the many conversations around doing things that don’t scale, what that means, and how presentation people might be able to implement it into their day-to-day as well. This is an episode for: Presenters, founders, anyone running their own business and startup enthusiasts.



    What's in the Spice Cabinet??

    Catch up on Paul’s famous blog post “Do things that don’t scale” here


    Learn more about Paul Graham


    Learn more about Y Combinator



    We love all these conversations about it


    (Podcast) Tropical MBA’s “#749 Do things that don’t scale”


    (Video) This YouTube video from Academy of Project Management


    (Podcast) Startups for the Rest of Us Episode #687



    Need custom illustration


    Our very own NoNo Flores that does our podcast episode artwork is amazingly talented



    Paul’s walkout song (according to Molly and Mikey)


    Zero to Hero - Hercules


    Go Your Own Way - Fleetwood Mac



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    #116. Does Guy Kawasaki’s 10/20/30 PowerPoint Rule still stand? (Micro episode!)

    #116. Does Guy Kawasaki’s 10/20/30 PowerPoint Rule still stand? (Micro episode!)

    Guy Kawasaki is an amazing marketer, creator and thinker. (If you don’t follow him already, do it here!) 

    His 2005 blog post, The 10/20/30 Rule of PowerPoint, provided advice for startups on how to pitch to VCs—but it blew up because it resonated with presenters of all kinds. 

    As presentation enthusiasts, it’s about time we checked it out and see what still holds up. 

    This is a shorter, “micro” episode where Molly goes through Guy’s advice and examines how the 10/20/30 PowerPoint rule is still useful today.This is an episode for: People that have to pitch, VCs & anyone that creates PowerPoint presentations.


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    #115. TED Talkin’: Alicia Syrett knows why investors say ‘no’

    #115. TED Talkin’: Alicia Syrett knows why investors say ‘no’

    If you couldn’t already tell from some of our Shark Tank episodes, we love the startup and Venture Capital world. 

    There’s truly no passion that matches that of a founder on a mission. 

    Alicia Syrett—a VC herself, author and business leader—knows this and wants YOUR passion to come to fruition. Her short n sweet TED talk at TEDx Fulton Street from 2018 is a perfect guide with simple Do’s and Don’ts to get a ‘yes’ at your next pitch.

    With a clean presentation style and confident stage presence, Alicia guides us through the top 5 reasons investors say ‘no’—and how to avoid them. 

    This is an episode for: Founders, people that pitch & anyone that is a fan of the startup world.



    What's in the Spice Cabinet??

    WATCH Alicia’s TED Talk for yourself


    Why VCs and Angel Investors say no to entrepreneurs



    Check out more from Alicia Syrett:


    Read her book, MentHER: Guide for Women Entrepreneurs


    She’s the CEO of Pantegrion Capital, a pre-seed and early stage startup investment firm  


    Alicia is a regular on CNBC’s “Power Pitch” and MSNBC’s “Your Business” power pitch segment 



    Mikey and Molly’s take on Alicia’s Walkout song?


    Don’t Stop Me Now - Queen


    Nobody But Me - Isley Brothers




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