The course focuses on the latest practices in presentation skills especially in business and academic environments. Much has changed in recent years and the ever increasing range of presentation tools and their respective feature-set has allowed many presenters to fall into the trap of feature overuse. To address these issues, the course covers a set of best design practices so delegates know what to avoid both during the preparation and delivery of their presentations.
The best way to learn is by example, therefore many visual examples of good and bad content are provided which help the delegates to quickly understand what works and what does not.
The course contains a pre-course assignment where delegates need to prepare a presentation. During the course, they will learn how to improve their presentation and at the end, they will deliver this presentation once more to be evaluated based on a set of performance criteria.
Instructions and forms are provided in the classes package.
In this highly practical course participants will learn:
- What are the implications of the size of the audience?
- How to approach the design of a presentation and learn which areas you need to focus on most?
- What types of presentations exist and what are the differences between them?
- How different types of audiences dictate different kinds of presentations?
- What techniques can you use to engage the audience such as laughter, story-telling, etc.?
- What can you do to make your presentation viral so that your audience will spread your message through word of mouth?
- How to make an engaging story that your audience will remember.
- How to have an impact.
- How to start your presentation to fully engage your audience.
- What steps do you need to take to prepare a presentation from a blank sheet all the way to a comprehensive presentation?
- How to use interactive content to engage the crowd.
- What types of content you need to produce?
- What questions do you need to ask yourself?
- How to use a minimal slide design to get maximum effect.
- How to do storyboarding.
- How to structure the slides to get maximum effect.
- What to avoid when designing your slides?
- Why certain popular features of common presentation software packages such as Power Point are not useful and what can you do about them?
- How to avoid “Death by Power Point”.
- How to place various components such as text, images and headings on your slides for maximum clarity and impact.
- How to deliver a presentation with reduced anxiety.
- How to have the correct body language so you come across as an ‘effective presenter.’
- How to become a communicator rather than act only as a presenter.
- How not to bore the crowd.
- How to handle questions.
- How to take advantage of the environment.
- What not to do during presentations which may undermine you or your message?
Course Duration: 1 or 2 days. The course contains a lot of content and many practical exercises that can easily be extended to cover more than one day.
Course Level: Beginners & Intermediate.