It’s not just politicians and business leaders who need to be good at giving formal presentations.
With so many universities and recruiters of school leavers and graduates demanding excellent presentation skills, these are skills that young people need too.
Given time, we can improve the confidence of the most nervous speaker and we can give an extra coat of polish to the performance of even the most experienced speaker.
The presentation part of this course helps you to:
- Control your nerves and overcome your fear
- Establish a rapport with your audience
- Write presentations that keep people interested
- Know your audience
- Communicate your passion about the subject to the audience
- Create the right first impression
- Enhance your presenting charisma and increase your impact
- Use PowerPoint effectively (and know when to avoid it!)
We use video cameras to show you what you look and sound like when you give a short sample presentation on a subject of your choice. This will initially scare many people, but we are very careful to create an environment where everyone is comfortable to make mistakes and to learn from them.
Think about it: are you more likely to change the way you present because a trainer told you to or because colleagues on the same course agreed with the trainer? That’s why we encourage constructive feedback among the participants on our courses.
That’s also why we often use videos to show you what you look like. It’s amazing how many people will be unaware of a very noticeable bad habit until they see themselves on video.
We also include impact training. This part of the course will help you understand what impact you want to make on other people (interviewers, colleagues, bosses etc) and what impact you actually are making. We then work with you to narrow that gap. We do this in a non-threatening, non-critical way that encourages people to identify their own weaknesses. People who identify a weakness themselves are far more likely to act on that than people who are told about that weakness by someone else.
The training covers the main elements of the impact that we all make on other people:
- Body language
- Eye contact
- Choice of language
- How to be assertive without being offensive
- How to offer praise
- How to give constructive feedback
- Appearance and dress
- Social conventions and boundaries