Presentation Skills and Public Speaking Seminar: One of our areas of specialty is to train our customers to prepare and deliver their presentations and public
speeches in a more efficient and effective way. First, we consult our clients in
order to take certain "presentation variables" into consideration. Then we select for them the appropriate tools for their needs: tools that make a big difference in making a good impression on audience members. We train our clients to remember that it is they themselves that are the most important visual element in any presentation, and that preparing for a presentation or a public speech is not only about designing slides. 


Objectives:

  • To give effective presentations to an [international] audience,
  • To be aware of intercultural differences in international settings, specifically in financial roadshows.

Target groups:

  • Executives who present their company to international audiences,
  • Marketing and communications specialists,
  • Financial road-show specialists,
  • Salesforce.

Contents:

  • The art of giving short presentations,
  • The structure of a long presentation,
  • Vocal variety: amplitude, tone, pitch, pace and color,
  • Body language: posture of the hands and legs,
  • Applying the Touch, Turn, Talk (3T) technique,
  • Establishing eye contact,
  • Creating and using visual aids,
  • Building rapport with the audience,
  • Handling questions including hostile questions,
  • Asking effective questions to facilitate discussions,
  • Considering intercultural differences in a presentation setting.

Methodology:

Lecture, discussions, work in groups, live presentations, video tape presentation and analysis.

 

Duration:

2 days for the start up session

1 day for a follow-up session after six months

1 day refresher in one year

 

Number of participants:

6-8 participants

 

Price:

Upon request

 

In the following some of the presentation tools we work on during the seminar are presented briefly:

1) Structure: This is the most important part of any presentation. First one needs to determine the objective of the presentation clearly. This objective should be formulated in one to two sentences, written down and rehearsed very often so that it will become an automatic response. More

 

2) Visual aids: Visual aids are important as an add-on to the main talk/presentation. However, one should always remember that the presenter is the most important visual inducement. When designing visual aids, one should note that there is a major difference between visual aids and handouts.  More

3) Eye contact: Establishing eye contact with the audience during a talk/presentation is one of the most challenging tasks for any presenter irrespective of his/her experience. One should note that different psychological factors could influence the way one establishes eye contact with the audience. A feeling of insecurity could easily be transfered to a shy and evasive look which might be easily misunderstood as a lack of knowledge by the audience. More 

4) Touch, Turn, Talk: Originally, the phrase “Three T’s: Touch, Turn and Talk” was developedby 3M as a delivery technique for flipcharts. Nevertheless, the same concept can be used in dealing with any type of visual aid and can be adaptedfor all types of visual presentations. The concept provides the presenter the essential time to think of what has just been said.  More

5) Handling questions: Handling questions posed by the audience during a presentation can be a daunting task. Generally, one should distinguish between friendly and hostile questions and react to them accordingly. As a general rule of thumb one should never ignore a question and always treat each question asked with an appropriate and correct answer. More

6) Reflect, Respect, Respond: If a participant contradicts you or you do not agree with him/her, make sure that you always use positive affirmations first. Positive affirmations not only show respect towards your interlocutor but it also takes away a hostile atmosphere no matter how contradictory his remarks might seem.  More 

7. Body language: Body posture and facial expressions play a very important role in the way the audience perceives the presenter during a professional presentation. A shy body posture with fingers locked in front of the body and looking down to the ground imply a very hesitant and uncertain posture.  More

8. Vocal variety: During a presentation, one should never use a semi-monotone voice in a constant pitch and tempo, but instead one should improve her/his vocal variety by raising and dropping the voice during the speech. Never forget that public speaking should not have the same intonational pattern as everyday conversation.  More

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