If you like the presentation tips on PodiumWise.com, you should consider buying the second edition of my book Presentation Skills 201.  It contains my best advice for becoming a stronger presenter—advice that is not available here at PodiumWise.com.

I wrote Presentation Skills 201 for those presenters who are not satisfied with just being good presenters; they want to be the best.  They are always looking for one more thing they can do to improve as speakers.

Mr. Steele’s Presentation Skills 201 is, page for page, the finest book on advanced presenting I have ever read.”

      Professor Stanley Ridgley
      LeBow College of Business
      Drexel University

What “201” Means

A year after I published the first edition of Presentation Skills 201, I received an email from someone in Europe asking what “201” meant.  That was the first time I realized I had made the classic mistake of using a term that only has meaning in my own country.

In the United States, college courses are given a number that indicates their position in a sequence of courses.  By tradition, the first, most basic course is assigned the number “101.”  So, for example, the most basic algebra course would be listed in a college’s course catalog as “Algebra 101.”  Over the years, “101” has become American slang for any basic knowledge of a subject that any person should know.  So, for examples, someone might say that wearing a seat belt whenever you are in an automobile is “car safety 101.” 

The term “201” is rarely used as slang in everyday language, but it is understood to mean more advanced knowledge.  Going back to the example of the “Algebra 101” course; it would be followed, typically, by an “Algebra 201” course.  Students who want to go beyond what they learned in the “101” course in fundamentals would enroll in the “201” course.

I named this book Presentation Skills 201 because it is for the individual who wants additional knowledge, beyond the basics of presenting.

William “Bill” Steele