Public Speaking & Presentation Skills
You will learn skills right from the start. You will see practical examples to enable you to understand your strengths and areas for development. We look at each key skill individually and give you techniques you can apply immediately. We begin with building a structured approach for preparing your presentation, move on to gaining self-confidence through tried and tested techniques and then explore the different elements of the delivery itself. We look at body language, the use of slides, microphones and handling questions. We end with a checklist for a consistent, professional approach every time.
This course is particularly helpful if you have a presentation coming up. I would suggest you work through from the beginning, developing your presentation, using the models described, as you go. By the end you will have written and rehearsed your talk and will be ready to engage your audience with greater confidence.
As I often start my workshops with a short presentation and ask you to give me feedback, I have recorded a version here. Take a look and see how many mistakes you see this time. Ask yourself if you are simply making observations or making judgements. Does it encourage you to build a back story? Do you think you would know how I feel? What other judgements would you make? Remember, you will judge me based on the model you have in your head of what a good presenter looks like and sounds like. Everyone is different and so will make different judgements. The more you understand your audience the more you will know the style of presentation that would engage them. You may just be able to be yourself or you may need to flex your style.
Preparing the talk
It's important to think of the Why, What and How before every presentation. Here is a model to analyse the Why and consider the emotional and Intellectual objectives.
You may find it helpful to download the pdf to complete as you watch the video.