My workshops have a simple premise: speaking effectively in front of an audience is a skill, just like playing golf or riding a bike. And just like learning any skill, someone needs to teach you the techniques involved: how to stand, how to speak, what volume to use, content, etc. Most people are not “born presenters”. The good presenters are folks who learned some of the key techniques and apply them well, which creates more confidence, which results in a better audience experience. When you learn the skills, you’ll also be far less nervous about speaking in public.
The workshop is organized for maximum productivity. I limit participation in a workshop to 7 people. The more people in the workshop the less chance each person gets to speak. Much of the progress and learning of how to present more effectively comes from doing it multiple times and receiving feedback each time. With fewer people in each workshop everyone gets lots of chances to speak and receive lots of feedback.
Each workshop runs for about a half a day. People tend to get tired after 3 or 4 hours of this intense training. It’s much more productive to have 2 half day workshops than one full day one. The results speak for themselves.
All of the exercises in the workshop are taped. There are lots of productive ways to give feedback, but the one that seems to have the most impact is when the speaker sees himself or herself on video. The system I use for taping is designed so that only the presenter sees the recorded exercise. This cuts down on inhibitions. Of course, I give feedback to each person after every exercise, and I also ask the class to contribute their feedback, as well.
A key step in learning skills is to give critiques of other people’s speaking efforts. I teach people how to critique, and then ask each person to critique another speaker. This process also leads to maximum team building, an essential tool when mounting an important presentation.
Fear of Speaking
The workshop specifically addresses fear of speaking. Everyone gets nervous when they speak in front of others. But, I have 6 techniques that help presenters calm down and speak with more confidence.
Storytelling is an important part of the workshop. Effective speakers communicate with stories. I’ll demonstrate how to tell a story and then get you to try storytelling in a business context.
Opens and Closes
How you open your presentation is a key segment of the workshop. The audience is most attuned at the beginning of a presentation, which is why I spend the most time working one-on-one with each participant to demonstrate how to customize an opening for them. Similarly, time is spent on how to close a presentation. Closing a pitch requires a set of steps that Jack takes everyone through.
One of the most misused tools in presentations is PowerPoint. I have strong guidelines for how and when to use PowerPoint, the design of the slides, and even the graphics that go into each one.
Rehearsals are the most overlooked part of speaking. I take the class through a routine for having effective rehearsals.
Workbooks are given to every participant so they can keep notes and follow along. The entire workshop is on PowerPoint and is available to all participants.
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