The Art of Impact Presentations

Brief

A great presenter has two notable qualities: appropriate skills and self-confidence. Confidence comes from knowing what you want to say and being comfortable with your communication skills. In this two-day workshop, participants will master the skills to make them better speakers and presenters.


Objectives and Expected Outcomes:

Develop a unique individual style in presenting
Understand the importance of analyzing the audience and its need in a presentation
Practice an entire range of techniques and delivery methods in presenting
Overcome fear through relaxation techniques and transform anxiety into enthusiasm
Improve verbal and non-verbal communication skills (body language)
Learn how to project voice and use pauses to dramatize the point
Present with style, flair, and presence
Actively engage and involve the audience by encouraging discussions and dealing with questions
Effectively use powerful visual aids such as PowerPoint


Outline:

Day 1 Topics

Introduction to Presentation Skills

Preparing and planning for a successful presentation
• Creating a basic outline and notes
• Research
• Writing and editing
Good and bad habits
The key elements
Defining the purpose

Begins with an examination of a successful presentation: powerful introductions, effective transitions, and captivating conclusions. Participants will dive in with a short practice presentation that illustrates the principles discussed.

Developing and Organizing Presentation Content

Creating an audience profile
Setting presentation parameters

Know your audience and the different types

Speech outline and notes

This segment will rely on facilitation and group discussions.

Verbal Communication Skills

Active listening vs. hearing
Opening and reinforcements
Questioning
Reflecting and clarifying
Summarizing
Closing communication

This segment will require a combination of theoretical and practical training techniques. Participants will engage heavily through individual and group exercises and discussions.

Non-Verbal Communication

Body Language (gestures, stance and facial expressions)
Importance of non-verbal cues in presentation
Using confident body language
Balancing verbal and non-verbal messages

This segment will be delivered through group discussions, individual exercises, and practical activities.

Preparing to Speak

How to overcome the fear of public speaking
Reducing stress and anxiety
Creating a confident impression
Mental preparation
Physical relaxation techniques

This segment analyzes fears and techniques to overcome it. Participants will learn how to eliminate distracting speech habits such as "um", "ah", "you know."


Day 2 Topics

Presentation Delivery

Adding vocal variety
Speaking with confidence
Using confident body language
Balancing verbal and non-verbal messages

Participants will explore several techniques for adding vocal and visual variety to their presentations. This segment will be delivered through group discussions, individual exercises, and practical activities.

Handling Questions from the Audience

The importance of the question-and-answer session
Respond cordially and positively to questions from the audience

This segment will be delivered through group discussions, individual exercises, and practical activities.

Using Visual Aids and Support Materials

The purpose of visual aids
Tips for effective composition of visual content and speaker aids
Which to choose: Flipcharts, slides and PowerPoint
Images, audio, and video

This lesson reviews available options and covers the benefits and drawbacks of each. This segment will be delivered through group discussions, individual exercises, and practical activities.

Presentation Practice

Delivering a short presentation

Evaluating presentations

This segment will require practical application through individual exercises and evaluations.

General Feedback Session

Individual evaluations
Personal action plans
End of course evaluations

Dates & Location

Thursday 13th - 14th February, 2020

1 day; 3 hrs / day

Knowledge Tower - Level 9 - Classroom 2

13+

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