160: Taylor Croonquist - On the Nuts and Bolts of Presenting Online


Taylor Croonquist - Co-Founder of Nuts and Bolts Speed Training, a PowerPoint training website and "oooh" and "aaaaah" creator - joined me on the show to talk about presenting online. Taylor is a "hack trickery" kind of guy - always finding ways to short-cut and 'break' what's not working well enough and find a way to do it better. And he and his wife Camille - along with the awesome P-Spice from Spicy Presentations - have created an online hub with over a hundred  YouTube videos and online courses about ways to make PowerPoint work better for you, and faster.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Now if you know me at all, you know I'm not really a PowerPoint gal. I mean, I use it because I have to! And, although I sat in a training with Taylor at The Presentation Summit last year and was WOW'd by what what he could do - and how quickly he could do it - that's not really what I wanted to talk to him about.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]What I really wanted to talk to him about is how he connects with people online. I don't know about you, but this is an area I'm hoping to grow in a lot in the next year - and Taylor has figured out so much of what works. And so I was really excited to pick his brain so we can all learn about how to connect THROUGH the screen. 


On the show, we talked about:

  • How a guy with a finance background ended up being a presentation trainer!
  • The tools Taylor uses to save time - and connect with his audience
  • Why "mental fatigue" is really important to keep in mind
  • How you take what you love, and turn it into something other people love, too
  • The power of 'just doing it.' Especially with video!





I love this show so much! A friend of mine recommended it, and at first I thought - 'no way, I hate cooking/baking/most kitchen-y things' cause I just don't have the skills. But it's a testament to this show that I not only love it, but want to bake because of it!


And let's be clear: it has nothing to do with the inspirational recipes. It has everything to do with the people, the "characters" and the subtle and wonderful 'British'-ness of it all. It's delightful.


No drummed-up drama. No overly-done models hosting. Just people, doing people things. It's so refreshing. The simplicity and honesty and cheeky-ness of it makes my day.


We can keep things simple and easy - and it will still bring people in.



Miles Davis - an online expert - was talking about the power of the online world, and it moved Taylor a bunch. It was something he already believed in, but it was such a boost and and point of connection. Tribe building!

It wasn't revolutionary; but it was powerful.

People want to be re-affirmed in their beliefs, and want to be reminded that they are doing the right things in the right way! We don't always have to share the new; we can share the experience and the beliefs to bring the community together!




Check out this “after-show” chit-chat bonus material of a hilarious and delightful conversation about the EXTRA “This Moved Me Moment” that Taylor *almost* shared! This turned into an extra 30-minutes of Taylor's recounting of the experience at Burning Man.

Ever wondered what Burning Man is like? Yeah, me too! Shoot me your email and I'll send it your way!