Powerful Presentations

"It takes roughly one hour of preparation for each minute of presentation time."

Life is going great. The project is on time on target and fulfilling expectations - life doesn't get any better than this. Then the summons appears. It demands your presence in the board room on Friday afternoon one o'clock sharp, to give a presentation on the project and it's progress. Now, the future of all your good work, all your optimism and enthusiasm and all the progress you have made now depends on a twenty minute presentation to people who are quite frankly - scary. To many people, undergoing root canal work at the dentist is preferable.

Help comes in the form of an intense presentation skills workshop designed by people who have successfully traveled the same road many times. It has you in mind. The workshop is bursting with easy to apply techniques that cover every aspect of giving a powerful presentation. You will even get tips on how to make your wait outside the boardroom tolerable and even productive. What ever your challenges or aspirations may be, this workshop can help to seriously enhance your public image.

The pace, focus and breadth of each session will depend on the participants' requirements and experience, and any agreements with the client prior to the event.

Workshop Outline

Gives details of all the standard sessions, however we are always happy to customise this workshop to meet your specific needs.

Duration

Typically 1 day for small groups of 4 or 6 people.

Workshop Outline

Introduction

A relaxed and informal introduction eases participants into what can be for some a challenging experience. Activities are designed to encourage a sense of mutual safety and support. Participants are invited to review and surface their individual needs and where possible alignment across the group is made. The journey to becoming a Powerful Presenter, like the presentation itself, begins thoughtfully.

Contracting, stakeholders, design and outcome

A presentation delivered without clear parameters and intent can leave the presenter very vulnerable to side track, sniper attack and challenge. Presenters who appear relaxed and spontaneous have worked very hard on that "appearance". Don't be fooled, the "spontaneity" is heavily rooted in clarity of purpose and thorough stakeholder analysis. Content preparation should not be done in the slide set. Information is different from communication.

Design

How often do you hear about the hapless work colleague who is working late to prepare their forty PowerPoint slides for their twenty minute presentation? *Sigh. Feel sorry for them (Maybe guide them here!) There is a predictable ratio between time, content and slide numbers with slide overload a very common presentation killer. Get ahead of the game, learn the ratios and redirect your time and effort to preparing yourself. A good slide presentation can certainly enhance a presentation. It cannot save it.

Audience research

A huge advantage can be gained by being mindful of your presentation strategy. A good piece of advice for instance is "meet the board before you meet the board" - your presentation can be greatly enhanced before you even stand up to speak. Knowing "what" your audience is expecting is being professional. Knowing "how" they want it delivered is brilliant!

Practice techniques

Strange one this. How many course synopses have you read that include explicit reference to this aspect of presentation performance? If the first time you hear yourself say the words of your presentation is in front of your audience they will know. Please don't waste your hours on slide preparation, apparent spontaneity can have a huge impact in a presentation and an accomplished presenter works very hard on that "appearance".

Calm before the storm

It is hard to even remember your own name when your nervous system is running amok. Public speaking is constantly voted the number one fear (death is seventh). Very few people do not feel nervous before a presentation and just your audience is making that first crucial appraisal, you can be experiencing the whirling pit of terror. With the right tips and practice it is amazing what can be done to alleviate this.

Opening with confidence

Getting the attention of the audience is one thing, keeping it is another. Get yourself a tried and tested opening routine and you can use it time and time again. It can buy you time, it can buy you credibility and it will give a reliable seamless start to every presentation you give. Here we tell you what "it" is.

Using props

Just when you think you have it all under control, the projector fails or the flip chart runs out of paper. What is your back up plan? Props can be great support and a threat to your presentation at the same time. Practice with them and understand how they work. They are not as inanimate as they seem.

Using handouts

Timing is everything. Hand things out too soon and you loose the room. Hand things out too late and you loose the interest. The way you use hand outs can greatly enhance or detract from what you are trying to do. Use them wisely!

Dealing with your audience

One of the biggest challenges a presenter faces is of course the audience. Everything would be fine if it wasn't for them. Here we offer some fascinating insights into sub conscious human interaction and audience influencing strategies are discussed in depth. Turning the tables on the sniper for instance has never been so easy or so much fun.

Handling questions

Handling questions in presentations can be challenging. You are not judged on whether you give the required answer correctly but more on how you go about answering it. We give away our professional secrets here. You will never view a presenter in the same way again.

Closing on time

When it is going well you won't want to stop. When it is not so good you will want to finish early. Plan the close with care, treat time like gold and be disciplined. Many a fine presentation has been needlessly destroyed right at the very end by "presentation dribble". Close on time, with style and have your exit as practiced as your entrance then they will remember you for the right reasons.

Workshop to workplace

This session reinforces some key points from the workshop as participants are tasked to clarify their intent and key actions post workshop - detailing what they intend to transfer into the workplace, how, by when and with what desired result.