Delivering a presentation is one of the ten most feared tasks. The resultant poor performances lead to lost opportunities for your organisation. However, the fear and anxiety associated with this crucial skill can be overcome, once the correct tools and techniques are understood and used - structuring material, engaging the audience and self-management. During this lively and interactive course, participants develop individual presentations and apply their learning as they go. Strengths and weaknesses are identified, new methods for improving performance are highlighted and group feedback embeds the new techniques learned.
This course will help business analysts to:
- Planning, preparing and delivering presentations which fulfil their objectives
- Delivering structured and effective presentations to customers and colleagues
- Explaining complex ideas in the simplest way
- Selecting an appropriate presentation style to suit the audience and subject
- Using a wider range of delivery tools and media
- Approaching presentations with a confident, positive and can-do attitude
To give you more of an idea of what you’ll learn and how the course will help you, here’s a quick guide to the 2 days.
- Where Am I Now?
- Qualities of a Great Presenter
- Using A Tried & Tested Formula for Presentations
- Putting the Pieces Together
- Personal Communication
- Key Tools of the Trade
- Engaging the Audience
- Practical Work
- Review, Action Planning & Close
A comprehensive course manual is provided and the course can be tailored to reflect the emphasis required by the customer.
This course is delivered by our partner, Skills Shift - a unique management-training company that focuses on helping organisations cope with the one guaranteed constant: change. All trainers have a proven track record in management positions and have created success out in the real world.
Advanced Presentation Skills (a two-day workshop)
Session One - Overview Of The Course And Introduction
This session introduces the programme and includes:
- Course overview
- Introductions and personal objectives
- Administrative arrangements
Session Two - Where Am I Now? (practical part 1 using video)
Participants establish their existing presentation skill levels at the start of the course in order to experience the learning journey that they will make during the course. Each participant delivers a short presentation on a work-related topic, to a supportive audience. This section of the course focuses participants on how to develop their personal communication style. Here we focus on the skills of voice and vocal range, pace and pauses, gestures, facial expressions, body language, eye contact, breathing and confidence. Participants learn how to recognise and reduce unhelpful non-verbal communication, build positive, supportive communication, creating a more confident and positive presenter. Appraisal of this initial presentation is given by peer feedback and supported by video review.
Session Three - The Qualities Of An Effective Presenter
Knowing what makes an effective presenter is vital for improving presentation skills. Participants learn what effective presenters actually do and create a vision of the effective presenter they will become. Issues that diminish presentations are considered. For example, many people spend their preparation time worrying about the words in their presentation, i.e. what they are saying, and omit to consider howthey are saying it or they simply spend time organizing their power-point slides.
Session Four –Presentation Structure
Effective presenters follow a tried and tested formula for structuring their presentations; this ensures that their key messages are sequenced and memorable, and their delivery has impact. Participants will learn how to incorporate logical steps to give their introductions clarity during the first few critical minutes. They will also learn how to create objectives that give their presentations purpose.
Session Five - Review Of Day 1
Participants share their experiences since Day 1, supporting each other and recapping on their learning so far.
Session Six - Tools Of The Trade
Effective presenters use concise, creative visuals that support their messages. They select from a range of media to ensure that the visual aid enhances the message. The session enables participants to appreciate the benefits and limitations of visual aids, and develop new ideas for presenting their ideas creatively and memorably.
Session Seven – “Fix It” Exercise
In this session, all participants will have an opportunity to make adjustments to their specific areas of development. The “fix it” exercises will be very challenging and will help each individual to make corrections to their presentation approach in real time. Participants will feel extremely self-aware and make real changes to both non-verbaland verbal aspects of their presentation. Minor discomfort with major rewards.
Session Eight - Where am I going? (practical part 2)
Participants can now compare their new level of skill and confidence with their earlier presentations from day one. In preparing for their new presentations, participants will apply the key learning in this practical activity, engaging with their audience, using visual media creatively, structuring for impact and delivering with confidence.
Session Nine – Difficult Situations In Presentation
Participants will identify the top five difficult situations that they have encountered previously when presenting, and will devise relevant remedies for these situations.
Session Ten – Conclusion Structure
While a powerful introduction and great content are very necessary, the final part of any presentation must ensure the audience remembers key messages and behave/think differently as a result. The conclusion structure will be a critical aspect of their overall presentation.