The Power to Wow! Techniques for Great Presentations

  • 2 day Duration
  • MDI103eCourse Code
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Course description

Regardless of your position, you will occasionally be required to present information to others. Whether the presentation is impromptu, casual, or formal, you must be able to demonstrate confidence and clarity to effectively deliver your message. You will need to present information, your ideas, and projects professionally to engage audiences in meetings, conferences, keynote addresses, and client situations.

In addition to opportunities to practice your delivery, this intensive, participatory workshop will provide participants with thorough feedback. Structured video, peer, and instructor feedback analyzes and identifies the most successful strategies for each participant, ensuring the participant‘s increased confidence and skill in delivering a successful presentation.

Who should attend

Individuals who will benefit from this course include: managers, supervisors, leaders, team members, and individuals whose success depends on delivering clear presentations.

Course Objectives

  • Build confidence delivering presentations.
  • Develop and structure compelling, clear messages.
  • Practice verbal and nonverbal delivery.
  • Capture and keep the audience.
  • Enhance your message with visual aids.
  • Handle tough audiences with ease.
  • Maximize your strengths and develop your unique, successful style.
  • Receive and discuss video, peer, and instructor feedback.
  • Gain more enthusiasm in your delivery and more focus, logic, and organization in your content.

What you will achieve

  • The key steps in preparing and practicing for any effective presentation
  • How to stay in control, provide leadership, and overcome speaker fright to project professional credibility
  • Practical tips for beginning with an impact
  • Audience-centered messages: how to analyze your audience and frame your messages to meet their needs
  • Techniques for dealing with anxiety and nervousness
  • How to say what you have to say by clearly defining your purpose and focusing your message
  • Formats and techniques for effective content structure and organization
  • Techniques for delivery, including:
    • Pacing yourself through the presentation
    • Maintaining a strong physical presence
    • Maintaining eye contact
    • Utilizing gestures, movement, stance, position, and your voice to communicate a strong message
  • Effective use of visual aids to enhance your message
  • Strategies and skills to handle difficult questions and audience behaviors effectively

Pre-Course Work

A preparation packet is sent out to participants in advance. This guide will help the participant prepare for an upcoming presentation to practice at the workshop.

Course Outline:

Day One (Sessions 1 and 2)
Session 1: Setting the Stage for Success
Introduction
  • Goals and Ground Rules
  • What Makes You Go WOW!
  • Ten Terrible Turn-Offs
Preparation and Practice: Tools and Concepts
  • Dealing with Anxiety
  • The Four Components of Successful Delivery
  • Project Confidence: Stance, Eye Contact, and Vocality
Two-Minute Presentation
  • Creating Your Mind Map
  • Delivering Your Presentation
Recorded Two-Minute Introduction

Bridge Work

Watch your two-minute presentation three times and identify areas you want to work on. Also, review your prework regarding the mission of your presentation and update it if necessary.

Session 2: Preparation and Practice
The Drill for Preparation
  • Determine Your Purpose
  • Analyze Your Audience
  • Identify Three Points
    • Think PREP (Point, Reason, Example, Point)
  • Match the Message to Your Audience
    • Crafting a Compelling Message
    • Structure Your Content: Open, Body, Close
Structuring Your Presentation
  • Using the Tool to Brainstorm
  • Creating Your Mind Map
  • Write Your Opening and Closing
  • Present Your Opening

Bridge Work

Watch your two-minute presentation three times and identify areas you want to work on. Also, review your prework regarding the mission of your presentation and update it if necessary.

Day Two (Sessions 3 and 4)

Session 3: Enhancing Your Delivery
Delivering to Your Audience
  • Video and Homework Debrief
  • Cardinal Rule #1 for Delivery
    • Where Is Your "Sizzle?"
  • Involving the Audience
  • Create and Deliver an Impromptu Presentation
Developing Your Final Presentation
  • Create Your Mind Map
  • Share Your Mind Map in Pairs
  • Guidelines for Visual Aids
  • Cardinal Rule #2 for Delivery
Interacting with the Audience
  • Guidelines for Handling Questions
  • Dos and Don'ts of Question Answering
  • Dealing with Challenging Audience Behaviors
Session 4: Bringing It All Together
Final Touches
  • Audience Checklist
    • Giving Constructive Feedback
  • Visualization Exercise
  • Final Presentations and Feedback
  • Your Call to Action
Recorded 5-Minute Presentation