We are not all born with the charisma of Barak Obama. Or are we? Perhaps we just haven’t nurtured the inner public speakers out of us yet. It’s time to welcome ‘First Presentation Skills’ – one of the presentations skills courses delivered by Skillstudio.
Coming from a certified training background and currently working in education, I completely endorse attending a training course as the skills you learn stay with you for life. Mastering public speaking does largely come from practise but, having a gentle push in the right direction from experienced professionals gives you an excellent foundation.
Public speaking can be daunting and it doesn’t seem to make any difference whether you’re delivering your presentation to a couple of people or a couple of hundred. However, as you will know from being on the receiving end, hearing an outstanding speaker can have a huge impact. Conversely, there is nothing more falling-asleep-worthy than a bad one. I think we both know which category you would like to fall in.
The First Presentations Skills is one of the better courses I have seen on the market. What stands out is how generous it is in what it covers; it helps you identify what makes a good presenter, teaches you techniques to overcome nerves and common fears, helps you to develop confidence, and teaches you how to develop ideas as well as, how to plan and structure effective presentations.
There is no single rule for delivering effective presentations but it is important to know what your desired result is. Promotion? Sales? Training? Knowing what you want to achieve is a useful place to start because if you identify the outcome, you can start focusing on how to do get there.
Regardless of the outcomes, one thing is certain – you want to engage your audience. The only way to do that is to know them so you should ascertain why they are attending your presentation. For example, if people have been signed up by their employers to attend, there is a good chance that your audience will have a mixture of people who want to be there and people who don’t. This indicates that there must be a consistent amount of subtle selling incorporated into your presentation. If however it is something that people have voluntarily signed up for, they are already sold on what you are presenting and it is your job to meet their expectations.
Being confident speaking in public largely comes from being prepared – if you fail to prepare, you prepare to fail. Knowing your audience is a part of this but so is ensuring that you know your content inside out. Also, think about having a contingency in case technology lets you down.
The mention of technology brings me to another aspect of mastering the art of delivering presentations. A sign of a bad presenter is one who uses something like a PowerPoint presentation as crutch or just reads out the content. Ask yourself, what is the point in you being there? You must bring the presentation to life.
It is a common fact that most of what we communicate is non-verbal which is why tone of voice and body language is key in successful public speaking. The First Presentations Skills training course teaches you how to improve these areas so that you not only know what to do, but you know how to do it. Their approach means that you learn delivery skills in the best way – by actually delivering.
Visit Skillstudio now to see how they can help you nail your first presentation, and many more to come.