Presentation Skills Course: Communicating for Impact
This presentation skills course will give you the ability to deliver effective presentations, both in face-to-face and online settings. It will enhance your professional leadership identity through the way your messages land with your audience and how you respond to feedback. This presentation skills course will ensure you are more effective when presenting. It will enable you to create powerful first impressions through developing your verbal, vocal and visual (body language) communication skills. You will be trained to think and present on your feet in both face-to-face and online environments. You will also be empowered to deal with verbal attacks without becoming defensive or aggressive. This includes owning your own your space when presenting and communicating.
In this presentation skills course you will develop ways of creating an initial positive impression, encouraging audience participation and delivering impromptu responses. This is while maintaining a structure in the message you are delivering and projecting certainty through your speaking cadence, thereby affirming your professional presence.
This presentation skills course will cover the following content:
Preparing for an initial positive impression
- Research your audience – form your message.
- Open, connect and have a structure.
Commencing the presentation
- Look and sound confident with calm enthusiasm – be positively memorable.
- Creating intrigue about the message (the art of storytelling) – fuelling anticipation for the key point.
Delivering the body of the presentation
- Structure the presentation to maintain audience attention and create impact.
- Work with an Open-Middle-Close structure by applying the principle of ‘less is more’ (i.e. use less words for more impact).
Ways of encouraging audience participation
- How to project certainty through your speaking cadence.
- How to check if your messages are landing and understood.
- How to build your thinking and speaking on your feet.
- Managing challenging questions from your audience.
- How to build your fluency and flexibility with ‘under fire’ questions.
- Prepared vs. impromptu public speaking.
- Movement, eye contact and gestures.
- Voice modulation.
- Dealing with nerves.
At the completion of this presentation skills course you will:
- Project a professional presence through an effective presentation style.
- Communicate for impact by engaging the stakeholders around you.
- Create powerful first impressions through verbal, vocal and visual (body language) communication skills.
- Think and present on your feet with the big picture always in mind.
- Know how to present effectively in an online environment.
- Deal with verbal attacks without becoming defensive or aggressive.
- Own your space whilst presenting and communicating.
|Duration||One session (8 hours in total)|
|Dates||Mon 9 Nov, 2020
Tue 1 Dec, 2020
|Time||9:00 AM - 5:00 PM|
|Venue||Due to COVID-19 this course will be delivered online, via a live video link|
$685 (GST free)
This presentation skills course will be delivered as an interactive workshop consisting of an instructor-led lecture, group and individual activities. This training approach allows participants to work through concepts introduced by the trainer in an application-focused teaching environment. Participants will challenge their understanding of the concepts and consider their application once back in their individual workplace.
Due to COVID-19, this presentation skills course will be delivered online, via a live video link. Participants will also be able to access online activities and readings in the UTS Learning Management System (LMS) Canvas, to supplement these sessions.
Who is this course for?
This presentation skills course is designed for public sector supervisors, team leaders and middle managers who are seeking to develop their presentation skills to influence stakeholders at all levels.
About the presenter
John Le Mesurier has taught communication programmes at all levels of government, both in Australia and the UK, since 2001. This includes delivering programmes involving presentation skills and communication training to government departments such as NSW Health, Transport NSW, NSW Treasury, NSW Department of Justice (formerly Attorney Generals Department), the Victorian Library Board and UK Health Trusts.
John applies the latest advanced practices in the fields of business, leadership, organisational psychology, analytics and lean engineering to his educational delivery. He is multi-disciplinary, being degree qualified in business, psychology and statistics. John’s experience includes senior corporate and general management roles in American, British and Chinese multinationals, as well as consultancies for several leading UK and Irish management firms (Childs Davidson/ Canadean/ GlobalData plc). His consulting projects have covered advanced practice studies in strategy, sales & customer service processes, human resource models, communications and organisational issues. With this background, he offers the most up to date short course delivery for equipping and developing today’s modern professional in the world’s leading practices.
This presentation skills course has no prerequisites and is open to all members of the public.
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