Centre for Continuing Education

Presentation Skills Course: Plan and Deliver Memorable Presentations

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Every time you present to someone it forms an impression, giving you the potential for gain or loss. Over time, if you maximise the number of positive impressions you leave when you present, it will give you an edge in getting others to act, and in producing the outcomes you want.

This presentation skills training course will enable you to be perceived as articulate and competent – through how you plan and deliver presentations. You’ll learn how to handle presentation fears and nerves, and how to understand your audience. You’ll learn how to open and ‘hook’ an audience to listen, and how to choose, plan and structure your content. You’ll learn how to handle Q&A and how to make a memorable impression. And you’ll learn when and how to use (and not use) PowerPoint.

The philosophy of course, is that a presentation can take many forms – from a one-on-one presentation, to a small meeting presentation, to a boardroom presentation and to a large audience presentation. The content is applicable to all these environments.

Outcomes

By completing this presentation skills training course you will:

  1. Improve your skill in handling presentation fears.
  2. Improve your technique in understanding your audience, and in forming the key message you want the audience to retain and/or act upon.
  3. Improve in choosing your content and structuring a presentation.
  4. Improve and have a variety of methods on how to open a presentation, connect with an audience, and close powerfully.
  5. Improve your skill to look and sound confident and to be perceived as articulate.
  6. Improve your skill in handling Q&A.
  7. Discover the key idea/technique(s) you need to develop after the course, to reinforce your new learning.

Content

This presentation skills training course covers the following topics:

  • How to handle presentation fears and nerves
  • The Open-Middle-Close structure to use for any presentation
  • How to understand your audience and choose your content
  • How to use your audience understanding to form your key messages you want the audience to retain and/or act upon
  • How to structure your presentations
  • How to open and connect with an audience, and close powerfully
  • How to look and sound confident
  • How to handle Q&A
  • When and how to use, and not use, PowerPoint.

Delivery Style

Seminar/Workshop

While the course covers the planning and structuring of presentations, it is weighted more to the delivery side of presenting. Elements of content development and curation are covered but not in an in-depth manner. The course does not cover slide design and development.

This course is one of a trilogy of courses that Michael Kelly conducts for CCE. It repeats and covers the core speaking principles and some content of the courses: : Leadership Skills Course: Strategies for Developing a Leadership Identity and Listen and Speak Under Pressure Course.

The course is highly interactive and requires participant involvement in the various presentation methods. Safe environments are provided for participants to practice and hone their speaking throughout the day.

One process of the course involves ‘repeated practice attempts’ of a technique, followed by feedback. These practice attempts can seem artificial to some people. Michael’s field work with his top performing clients indicates these practice attempts with feedback are critical to improving his client’s behaviour in real interactions. In effect, these top performers focus and care more about improving, than about any artificialness involved in the practice attempts.

Extras

Watch Michael Kelly’s Nine Network Australia live analysis, entitled Body language expert grades Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump’s performance in today’s presidential debate. Included are video grabs of a Donald Trump v Hillary Clinton debate, and an interview after the debate with Karl Stefanovic.

Getting the most from your course attendance

You’re making an investment in time, and money (if you’re sponsoring yourself), by enrolling in this course. Here are three suggestions to help you reap more benefit from your attendance:

  1. Consider what work colleague/friend you could teach an idea/technique to. This means, arrange a five minute catch-up appointment with a work colleague/friend the next work day after your course to teach that person, the most memorable idea/techniques you learned in the course. This ‘teaching’ will help you retain the idea/technique. Until you can teach an idea/technique to other people you don’t really know it yourself.
  2. Plan to participate/volunteer. In all of Michael Kelly’s courses he offers various opportunities, throughout the day, for participants to have additional attempts at practising techniques/interaction types. The people that volunteer for these opportunities get more worth from the course. So come prepared to participate and volunteer.
  3. Before the course day write down in one sentence or phrase a specific thing/behaviour/attitude etc. that you’ll like to exit the day with. You’ll get the opportunity to share this thing/behaviour/attitude at the start of the day.

Features

  • Expert trainers
  • Central locations
  • Small class sizes
  • Free, expert advice
  • Student materials – yours to keep
  • Statement of completion

What others say.

  • I attended the course primarily to overcome my fear of presenting. From the start of the class the tutor created a very safe, non-threatening environment and through the course of the day, using the tools and practical experiences offered, I built up the ability to overcome this feeling and left the course feeling much more confident and less fearful about presenting.

  • Outstanding workshop – with great presenter. Very practical and well paced. Great workshop notes provided. Direct relevance to my everyday situations.

  • This course was really fantastic – the tutor was engaging and funny and willing to answer any number of tricky questions.

  • The presenter was truly fantastic. The entire day was engaging right from the start and I walked away armed with a lot more than I thought I would.

  • The course and tutor were great. I now have the tools to help me overcome fear when making presentations. The tutor would have to be one of the best tutors I’ve experienced in 30 years of attending courses.

  • The presenter was a great teacher, making you feel comfortable while gently encouraging you to push your limits to get more from the course. Would absolutely recommend this course to my colleagues.

  • I have been to many courses like these over the years, and this tutor was the best trainer I have come across. The course is more applicable to less experienced members, however despite this I found it very useful due to the calibre of teaching. Will recommend to other employees.

  • I found the facilitator highly professional with an effective teaching style. I definitely took away some knowledge and areas to expand upon in my personal development.

  • The presenter was fantastic! I got so much out of the course because of the great environment that was created.

  • The presenter was able to adapt the course to suit the needs of those attending. As such I got a lot out of the course including personal tips to use for my next presentation.

  • Excellent practical demonstration of the techniques taught. Thanks to the tutor for their great enthusiasm and personal feedback to guide us.

  • The tutor was excellent. They tailored the class to meet the needs of all participants. A very enjoyable day and it will certainly assist me to achieve my professional and personal goals. Keep up the great work.

  • Had a great day and learned some very valid and useful lessons – loved that lunch at a restaurant was thrown in too.

$488 Limited GST free
Presentation Skills Course: Plan and Deliver Memorable Presentations

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$488 Limited GST free
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$488 Limited GST free
Presentation Skills Course: Plan and Deliver Memorable Presentations

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$488 Limited GST free
Presentation Skills Course: Plan and Deliver Memorable Presentations

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$488 Limited GST free
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