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Powerful Presentation & Public Speaking Skills: Developing Persuasive & Credible Executive Presentations

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COURSE OVERVIEW

Presenting to groups can be one of the most stressful experiences, even for senior executives; indeed, speaking in public is often cited as the number one phobia in the world today. Most presentations are not just about distributing information; they are also about building a personal and organizational reputation, so effective presentation skills are a prerequisite for most executives. This highly-participative workshop aims to give participants the skills and confidence to inform, influence and inspire their audience, no matter how challenging.

Most organizations require their managers and professionals to deliver presentations, either informally at internal meetings or to formally represent them at conferences or seminars. This workshop will help delegates enhance the effectiveness of their communication and thus the reputation and efficiency of their organization as a whole.

IMPORTANT FEATURES

The important features of this Presentation Skills training course are:

  • How to use nerves positively
  • How to communicate effectively with voice, body language, and eye contact
  • How to involve and engage an audience
  • How to deal with questions and challenges
  • How to structure and prepare for a presentation
  • How to use visual and other presentation aids

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

By attending this highly interactive Presentation Skills training course, delegates will gain:

  • The confidence to present with self-assurance and composure
  • The ability to structure a presentation to suit the topic and audience
  • The skills needed to communicate complex information in a meaningful way
  • Skills needed to create and use powerful and memorable visual aids
  • The ability to handle audience interactions during and after presentations
  • Extensive practice in delivering different types of presentation
  • Drive up the quality of the service delivered by their team

TARGET AUDIENCE

The Presentation Skills training seminar is designed for:

  • Executives who wish to make their internal presentations more informative and engaging
  • Sales and marketing professionals wishing to influence decision-makers
  • Speakers at conferences and exhibitions
  • Managers and team leaders who wish to inspire their team members and colleagues

TRAINING METHODOLOGY

The workshop is highly participative. Although some underpinning concepts will be introduced by the trainer, the key aim is to help delegates to apply these ideas to improve their own skills. Each day will include a practical session during which these skills will be put into practice, with structured group feedback to help to learn.

Delegates will deliver practice presentations to their colleagues several times during the workshop, culminating in a 10-minute videoed presentation using appropriate visual aids.

Pre & Post course assessments will be used to measure the effectiveness of this training.

COURSE CONTENTS

DAY 1 –Building Confidence

  • Description:

    On Day 1 the course will cover techniques for enhancing actual and apparent self-confidence.

  • KeyTopics:

    • Introduction to the course outlines and objectives
    • What makes a speaker appear confident?
    • Harnessing nerves in a creative way
    • Conscious and sub-conscious messages

DAY 2 – Structuring and Planning the Presentation

  • Description:

    On Day 2 the course will cover the main considerations in deciding the objectives, structure and delivery method.

  • KeyTopics:

    • Purpose and aims
    • Audience focussed objectives
    • Researching the audience’s needs
    • Time and other constraints
    • Venue considerations
    • Choices of presentation media and style

DAY 3 – Powerful Visual Aids

  • Description:

    On Day 3 the course will cover the choice, design and use of visual and other aids.

  • KeyTopics:

    • Selecting appropriate supporting media
    • Uses and abuses of visuals
    • Designing audience-engaging visual aids
    • Using PowerPoint effectively

DAY 4 - Enhancing Delivery Effectiveness

  • Description:

    On Day 4 the course will cover ways of maximising the impact of delegates’ personal style.

  • KeyTopics:

    • Body language and the part it plays in presentations
    • Building audience trust
    • Vocal skills: pitch, speed, and rhythm
    • Language patterns: phraseology, register, and syntax
    • Rapport and audience involvement
    • Handling questions effectively

DAY 5 – Practice Presentations

  • Description:

    Day 5 of the course will allow each participant to deliver their final presentation to their peer group.

  • KeyTopics:

    • A 10-minute presentation by each delegate
    • Handling questions and interruptions
    • Individual feedback and coaching
    • Learning review

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