At some point in your professional career you are going to have to say something publicly about what you do! For some this will be a formal - perhaps a business pitch or a presentation at a conference, for others it might be a two minute ‘elevator pitch’ at a networking event, or a briefing to the team. We can help you get your point across professionally and with confidence.
Typical topics covered:
- Setting the objective – What’s the point? We’ll start at the beginning by making sure that you know precisely what you need to say and what the key purpose of your presentation is.
- Planning – how long have you got for your presentation? What do you need to cover? What’s the best way of sharing your ideas? Is is just about telling them – or do you want some interaction? How will you structure the presentation – where will you start – what will you say at the end, how will you leave people with a positive last impression?
- Assessing the audience – working out the expectations of your audience is creating a presentation which will engage them. Who’s going to be there? What do they want know? What do they already know? Are they on your side or do you have to ‘win them over’? What feelings and expectations do they have of your presentation? What do you want them to do, know or feel as a result of listening to you? We’ll help you to think about these questions and work out what you might need to do to ensure that you accommodate your audience.
- Preparing the environment – this is something that lots of people overlook or think they can’t influence but the truth is that the environment can be a big influence on how people feel and react to your message – a room that’s too hot or dark is almost bound to send people to sleep so you’re going to have to work a bit harder to keep their attention. We’ll take you through all aspects of the environment and help you to identify ways you can limit negative and promote positive influences. We’ve got plenty of experiences we can share with you on this one!
- Tips and techniques – we’ll take a look at all the things that might help you with your presentation, including visual aids, correct use of language, ‘presenter tricks of the trade’ etc. We’ll help you work out when and how to use these things, how they fit with your message and your style of presentation and also whether you need to use then at all!
- Dealing with nerves – we’ve yet to meet anyone who really approaches presentations with utter glee! Most people have some degree of nerves ranging from a tinge of apprehension to overwhelming dread! The trick is to use the adrenaline to your advantage, maintaining control of yourself and your presentation – easier said than done we know but we have helped many to channel their anxieties in a positive way.
- Managing the audience - one of the biggest fears people have is the audience themselves and in particular what sort of questions they might have and if they might heckle or be hostile. We’ve got lots of ideas to share with you about handling questions and ‘working the audience’ which will help you to feel more confidence and in control.
- Evaluating – how do you know you’ve done a good job, and what will you do differently next time? We are constantly learning from the presentations we give and we would encourage you to do the same, so we’ll share some ideas with you about our experiences.
- My presentation – we believe this is a very practical programme and as such we like people to bring a real presentation with them to work on
Typical length of course
We can deal with all the theories and ideas in a day, and for those of you who want more practise and feedback we can offer further half day workshops on actual skills development.