A successful presentation can make all the difference. It may add vital productivity and value to your work, and it often noticeably affects the ways in which others view our performance and contribution. So when presentations do not go well, the cost can be high. We not only bear the brunt of lost or diminished outcomes, we may feel it deeply at a personal level.
This is because giving a presentation is a form of giving oneself. A presentation is always more than the delivery of concepts or information. A presentation says as much (and sometimes more) about the presenter as a person. The skills we teach on this course support people to step into their potential, and find their own unique style and approach to giving fresh, engaging and effective presentations.
- To build trust, connection and rapport with an audience
- To experience ease and flow when making presentations
- To understand obstacles and pitfalls in presenting
- To be aware of personal learning styles when presenting
- Knowing the building blocks for successful presentations
- Overcoming obstacles and pitfalls (before, during and after presenting)
- Clarifying good practice for presentations
- Understanding how audiences absorb, retain and embed information
This course will increase your ability to:
- Connect engagingly and genuinely with an audience
- Create an atmosphere of ease and confidence
- Perform with embodied, authentic presence
- Be genuinely calm and confident
- Increase on mindfulness and memory
- Work with audience responses
- Work with our own responses (nerves, confusion, excitement)
- Generate trust, goodwill and long-term interest from an audience
Building Presentation Skills
Successful presentations are grounded upon a firm foundation which we can find in a central core within ourselves. The more embodied we are, the more sure we feel, and the better we cope with whatever arises. The more authentic we are, the more people resonate with our message and hear what matters to us — our values and goals. The more presence we bring, the more naturally others want to listen and engage.
This makes us more at home in ourselves, and others feel more at home with us. Our unique qualities shine out. Whatever storms assail us, we are increasingly calm. Our confidence grows as we learn that by doing our best, we will be at our best (at least some of the time). An increasing experience of mindfulness means we are clearer and sharper, and we can rely on our memories serving us as we would wish.
We are then in a position to make a real and meaningful connection with our audience, and to engage their interest and attention. When your audience knows that you understand and respect their agenda and their needs, then your rapport increases, and trust flows naturally from the encounter.
Once trust is established, creative action and productive solutions follow easily.
Presentation Skills: Absorbed, Retained and Embedded
Our courses contain a vivid and memorable mix of approaches:
Comic actors: We employ a comic artist (trained in mime and clowning) to demonstrate mistakes, and to encourage participants to face errors without fear. Until we are not afraid of our failing, we cannot permit success. In this method, pitfalls are encountered and overcome by friendly acquaintance with them, rather than with attempts to gloss over them with superficial techniques.
Physical theatre games/exercises: Simple, interactive ‘games’ encourage us to be loose, relaxed and free in our movements, and to discover our sources of grounded presence, our strong inner centre or core.
Owned language and communication expertise: Needs-based approaches build our awareness of how to interact and communicate in ways most likely to build connection, rapport and trust.