The major challenge facing presenters
When you stand up to speak in front of a group you want to be seen as confident and credible. You want your audience to be interested and engaged. You want to come across with authority and provide value to your audience.
Just about every presenter agrees that there is one key to achieving these goals…
The Presentation Foundations course is designed to ensure that both you, and your presentation, are totally prepared.
- You will have thought about your audience and prepared material that is of value to them
- Your presentation will have a logical structure and be easy to follow
- Your presentation will have a variety of engaging and interesting content
- Your PowerPoint slides will be visually appealing and engage your audience
- You will have practiced delivering your presentation
and, as a result, you will feel far more confident and deliver your presentation with more credibility. And your audience will be more interested and engaged and will see you, and your presentation, of value.
How does this training work?
You come to the course with an audience and topic in mind. Then over the day you design a presentation and practice delivering it to other course members. You do not have to deliver your presentation to the whole group. You will not be videoed. You will not be critiqued by the group.
You will, however, get lots of attention and advice aimed exactly at you and your needs.
You’ll be regularly trying out the concepts that you learn and applying them to the presentation you create. At the end on the course you’ll have:
- a well structured plan of a five-minute presentation with a clear key message
- the plan for a slide-deck to accompany that presentation
- ideas on how to improve the delivery of your presentation
- a 100 page manual including in-depth instructions for using the SpeakerMap™
- ongoing free advice if you contact us
- countless new ideas for improving the effectiveness of your future presentations
- new confidence and enthusiasm for creating and delivering presentations.
1. Turn your knowledge into engaging presentation content
Many presenters find it hard to distill their wide-ranging knowledge into focused presentation content. Bored, confused and overloaded audiences are the result.
By using the Effective Speaking SpeakerMap™ you’ll quickly identify the key message of your presentation and then structure your material in a way that will keep your audience attentive and engaged.
- an easy step-by-step design process that even experienced presenters find a revelation
- how to stop spinning your wheels and get your presentation planned in less time than you thought possible
- how to come across as an expert without overloading your audience with detail
- the secrets to engaging your audience that anyone can master.
As you apply your learning to your presentation project you’ll get ideas, advice and coaching from your trainer and feedback from your course colleagues.
2. How to use PowerPoint to stimulate your audience
Are you an expert at death-by-bullet-point? Maybe you hate it – but it’s the only method you’ve been exposed to? And perhaps you avoid PowerPoint because it’s caused you pain in the past.
PowerPoint is an excellent tool when properly used. It can be used to create handouts, speaker notes and slides to help the audience understand your message. Unfortunately most people have no idea how to make the most of it and seem more like projectionists than presenters.
- why the traditional way of using PowerPoint is the worst possible way of conveying information
- how poor PowerPoint is probably undermining your expertise and credibility
- how to stop designing slides that you have to read to your audience
- an elegant format that will have you creating stimulating slides in minutes
- how to (secretly) use PowerPoint as your notes without covering your slides with words.
3. Memory techniques and the power of rehearsal
Creating great Content and PowerPoint slides does not ensure that your presentation will be effective. The presentation has to be delivered to the audience in the appropriate manner. You need to control your pace, slides, and make sure you engage with your audience.
During the day you’ll:
- practice out loud each section of your presentation as you design it
- discover the difference between written and spoken language
- learn how ‘the wait‘ gives your presentation weight
- learn how to be less reliant on notes
- maximise your message by managing how you deliver it.
Having attended Presentation Foundations, there are a variety of options for follow-up:
- Attend Presentation StageTime where we focus on delivery skills and audience and self-management techniques
- Book a one-on-one Skype coaching session
- Make use of our free email and phone advice service.
“I had high expectations and these were exceeded – a very valuable day which will improve professionalism of our presentations – ultimately improving the quality of decision making and improving the use the Executive Team’s time.Your facilitation was excellent and the format and pace of the course perfect – kept me interested and learning all day. The tools of the SpeakerMap™ and the workbook I will use on an ongoing basis. Your framework gives the presenter confidence in the quality and presentation of their content, which is the first step in confidently delivering a presentation.”
Anita Hawthorne, Head of Procurement Excellence, Air New Zealand