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In Professional Presentation Skills, participants will learn...

  • Techniques that really work to control feelings of fear and nervousness when speaking in front of people
  • How to build on the strengths they already possess and how to develop a speaking style that is natural, comfortable and easy
  • How to project believability, confidence and authority even when they’re speaking before the most sophisticated, experienced and knowledgeable of listeners
  • How to improvise and make an effective impromptu presentation
  • How to quickly achieve rapport with their audience

The three hallmarks of a successful presentation are a confident delivery, a crystal-clear message and an air of credibility. This training course breaks down those elements and provides expert guidance and concrete information to master each aspect. We’ll map out a step-by-step system for planning and delivering memorable, persuasive presentations in a variety of situations. This course will equip your employees to manage anxiety, prepare presentations, tailor them to the audience and deliver them confidently, persuasively and powerfully.

Who will benefit from this training

Employees who are first-time presenters who need to build their skills and confidence fast
Employees who speak in public occasionally but need to feel more comfortable and effective
Employees who want to move up in their career and speaking before a group will be necessary

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    Preparation means perfect presentations

    • An essential step-by-step planning checklist that ensures everything goes smoothly
    • The differences among motivational, informational and persuasive presentations—and how to prepare each kind
    • How to make preparation easier with specific guidelines that pinpoint objectives
    • The 6 things to know about an audience
    • Where to find just the right stories, anecdotes and facts
    • A handy 3-part worksheet for planning the presentation environment for maximum comfort and ease
    • What to do a half hour before a presentation to make sure it goes smoothly and avoid last-minute crises
    • How to successfully anticipate audience questions and plan responses ahead of time
    • A simple but effective 3-step method for preparing presentation notes
    • How to time a presentation, effectively communicate a message and not lose listeners
    • How to develop labels and other mnemonic devices to help listeners remember key points

    Putting a presentation together

    • A 10-point dress rehearsal checklist for producing polished, confident and enthusiastic presentations
    • A 3-part formula for reinforcing key points
    • How to arrange the order of a presentation to create the most impact
    • How to use memory models and other techniques to stay on track
    • Power openers—how to use them to immediately capture the audience’s attention and interest
    • Closers that cement a message and gain the commitment of the audience
    • Which kinds of presentations to memorize and which ones to read—and tips for pulling off either delivery style

    Managing pre-presentation jitters and stage fright

    • The 3 most common reasons for feeling anxious in front of a group—and how to overcome each one
    • 10 techniques for turning pre-speech jitters into energy that fuels a presentation
    • A simple breathing and relaxation technique guaranteed to reduce anxiety
    • Why it’s important to speak individually with as many audience members as possible before a presentation
    • How to keep from “choking up”
    • How to get right back on track after a mistake or a miscue
    • Why letting down your guard is sometimes the best defense against nervousness
    • How to use humor to put everyone at ease

    A polished presentation delivery

    • How to use eye contact, body posture and movements to involve an audience and convey self-confidence
    • 3 techniques for getting the ball rolling when asking questions or for volunteers
    • How to satisfy listeners who ask tough questions
    • 3 guidelines for dealing with problem audience participants and disruptive behavior
    • How attire makes a critical difference between earning the audience’s trust or losing credibility
    • Tips for dealing with distractions and incidents that have potentially disruptive consequences
    • How to open, introduce distinguished guests and speakers and segue smoothly between program segments
    • How to give or receive awards with the right combination of warmth, charm and sincerity without sounding corny

    Using visual aids effectively

    • When visual aids are effective—and when they’re a distraction
    • How to title overheads, handouts and other visual aids to focus and summarize a message
    • How to avoid “data dumping” in charts, graphs and tables
    • Where and how to stand to avoid interfering or competing with audiovisuals
    • How to use lists to summarize key points so the audience understands faster and remembers longer

    Powerful persuasion techniques

    • How to use supporting statements and examples to sell ideas
    • 2 words guaranteed to engage an audience
    • 10 techniques to increase audience participation and get the immediate, ongoing feedback
    • Facts and figures alone won’t sway an audience—why the “human touch” is essential to getting an audience to “see it your way”

    Tips for tackling tough situations

    • A never-fail method for quickly organizing thoughts when called to speak at a moment’s notice
    • How to present technical data so that it’s understandable and interesting
    • How to “close the deal” when making a sales presentation
    • Special considerations for effectively presenting to a large audience
    • Factors to consider when taping a video presentation
    • How to deliver bad news or deal with difficult topics in a way that gains the support and understanding of the audience
    • The professional speakers’ secret for handling just about any kind of question

    Continuing to develop and sharpen speaking and presentation skills

    • The “coach approach”: A 4-step method for discovering presentation strengths and weaknesses
    • How to use videotapes to prepare better, more effective presentations
    • How to develop a plan for ongoing improvement as a speaker