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Christina Canters

Presentation skills for creative fields

Christina Canters on the Clearly Influential Podcast

Christina Canters on The Clearly Influential Podcast.

Presentation skills for creative fields

Christina Canters

You can find today’s guest at the following places around the web:

Christina’s podcast and blog: Design Draw Speak

Connect with Christina on Twitter: @CJCanters

If you’re listening to this, there is a good chance that you are somewhat of a creative person. Perhaps you own a design firm, you’re a web designer, you might write a blog or you’re into photography.

You might not realize this, but the way you talk about the things you create might be all the difference between selling your products and services and not.

There are actually some specific challenges that come along with talking about creative types of works. In fact, when I work with students, presenting concepts – which is what any of your designs would be at the stage of presenting to a client – is one of the toughest types of presentations they can  give.


Mostly because concepts – by definition – are abstract. They often exist only in your mind. So, how do you clearly communicate an idea when the person on the other end really has no idea what you’re talking about and has very little to compare it to?

Pretend for a minute that you own an advertising firm and you’re pitching a plan for a video that you think will go viral. Maybe you’re not even speaking to the client yet, but just to your team. Therefore, you haven’t had the chance to put together a mock up yet and you are still just brainstorming with your co-workers. How do you get them to visualize – to REALLY see what you’re talking about?

If you have ever been in this situation, whether at an ad agency, or sitting around with your friends discussing an equally abstract concept, you have possibly experienced frustration when what you know to be a good idea, doesn’t win the vote.

Is it because your idea was inferior? Likely not. It actually all comes down to presentation. And, if you’re lacking the ability to clearly communicate your creative concepts – you’re likely missing opportunities to grow your business, progress your ideas, and make the sales.

 That’s where today’s guest comes in – Christina Canters.

Christina Canters is passionate about helping design students become confident, creative communicators, which she does through her podcast ‘Presentation Skills For Design Students’. She is also a fully qualified architect and enjoys blogging, dancing and eating peanut butter out of the jar. You can find her podcast and blog at

Today, she speaks to the creative as well as speaking to those that could stand to be a little more creative in their presentations. She also shares a very interesting story about how creative communication helped her land an interview with a leading expert, despite having a relatively new podcast.

Christina’s Challenge:

Listen and be present while in a conversation.

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About the Author Sandy Donovan

Sandy empowers the young and talented to increase their power and influence by improving their ability to be heard and be clear. She does this by providing access to rigorously tested research in the communication, psychology, and marketing fields.

  • Christina Canters is awesome! Love her creative skills and Beatboxing invite to Pat Flynn… Wish I thought of that =) Great episode with a great guest!

  • Great points in this episode. It’s a challenge to teach abstract concepts because they are so highly interpretive. Using story is a great idea, so much easier to present and connect that way. Good episode!

    • ClearlyInfluential

      Thanks, Paul!

  • FireStarters

    Christina props on the creative vid for Pat! Talk about having a story to tell! You and Sandy are both great highlighting the way that is such a magnetic way to engage and clearly influence!

    • ClearlyInfluential

      Thanks for the comment – yeah, Christina did a great job and that was just such a great example to follow.

  • Justin Williams

    Wow, Chistina is Awesome! just Awesome.. and talk about a great story here! Such a great episode..

    • ClearlyInfluential

      Thanks Justin!

    • Thank you Justin, I really appreciate it!

  • I LOVE that RAP and the creative approach to reach out to Pat Flynn! Awesome!!

    • ClearlyInfluential

      She did a great job – I don’t know if I’d be able to come up with something so unique!

  • I might say this every time, but your podcast is one of my new favorites. The perspective on how you bring everything together is unique and very entertaining. On that not, I feel the same way about Design, Draw Speak. Being a web designer and working on my public speaking, I have really identified with Christina’s show. Keep up the great work ladies!

    • ClearlyInfluential

      Thanks Alex! Being able to convey your ideas is so important. I’m glad you’re able to get something from each of these shows!

    • Cheers Alex 🙂

  • Celest Horton

    Such a great interview! I love her creative way of asking for Pat to be a guest on her Podcast. So inspirational to hone in on my creativity. There is a potential guest in my industry who has blown me off three times…trying to decide if I walk away or add more creativity to the invitation.

    • ClearlyInfluential

      Go for it!! What’s the worst that can happen? Christina had another example – she made a flip book and mailed it to a potential guest and got a yes that way too! She’s full of ideas.

    • I know people like Gary Vaynerchuk deliberately ignore people until the 5th (or 10th!) email/tweet etc. Sometimes you just have to be ruthlessly persistent! If this person is that important to you, then keep at it!

  • Thank you. As someone not very creative, this can given me some insight in communicating the necessarily creative parts of my business.