How many presentations have you given in the last six months? The chances are, you’ve given quite a few, even if you don’t know it. It’s not always about standing up on stage in front of hundreds of people – it could be updating your team on project progress, delivering performance figures to the board, pitching for sales with a client, even just taking three or four people through a new business process. Presentations come in many forms and the communication skillset is pretty similar across the range. You need to be able to engage with people, communicate clearly, and meet both your and their objectives. Many people get nervous at the thought of presenting, and that’s quite normal. Having a well thought through presentation plan will naturally help you overcome those nerves and deliver with confidence and clarity. Even if you’re one of those lucky people that are confident about standing up, all eyes on them, and speaking to a group of people, there’s always room to improve and refine your presentation style.
We’ve been working with Steve Bustin, an award-winning business speaker, to design and build a Presentation Skills course to help you become the best presenter you can be. This doesn’t mean trying to teach you to imitate a well-known charismatic figure or faking being more outgoing and extraverted. We’re all different, and some of us naturally take to the ‘stage’ better than others. But we can all communicate a message clearly, logically, and with confidence, and use this to work towards a desired outcome – be it getting buy-in from the board, selling your product, or convincing your team to adopt a new business process. Our approach is to take you through the practical steps of presenting, analysing what you’re trying to achieve, and structuring your argument or point in a logical, well thought through way.
We’ll take you through:
Preparing for your presentaion
- Why you need to be able to present with confidence
- Setting objectives for your presentation
- Planning your presentation
- Structure your presentation
- How to open and set the tone
- How to close and leave people with your key message
- Practice opening and closing, with our ‘Interactive Video’
Bringing your presentation to life
- Using slides
- Using props and other visual aids
Getting ready to present
- Preparing to present
- Dealing with nerves
- Worm-up exercises
Bring a brilliant presenter
- Delivering your presentation
- Working with an audience
- Pro tips and advice
- Examples of people practicing presentations, and feedback on how they can improve
If you’re a Skilful.co member you’ll already have access to this course, so log on and start learning how to give great presentations today. If you’re not a member, you can sign up and get access to this course as well as many others, including how to interview, give appraisals, how to manage difficult conversations, and many more. We look forward to helping you and good luck with those presentations!