Being a Public Storyteller: Making and Delivering Great Presentations
3-Hour Workshop (with an optional hour for one-on-one presentation critiques)
Leadership by Dinesh Goburdhun, Associate Partner at VSA Partners
Date/Time: Saturday, May 4, 1-4pm (optional hour until 5pm)
Location: VSA Partners, 600 W Chicago Ave, #250
Minimum class size: 6
Maximum class size: 12
At the conclusion of this workshop, you’ll have the tools to be an engaging and persuasive public storyteller, a key ingredient in long-term career advancement and team leadership.
About this Workshop
Being a strong presenter means being a compelling storyteller in a public situation. As with stories and arguments, presentations are the means by which we communicate our ideas and persuade others of their value and importance. When your thoughts are clearly understood by others and they feel inspired or compelled to act upon those thoughts, you’re not only able to advance your ideas, you’re also able to advance your project, your department and your career. If you’re early in that career, building strong presentation skills can help you accelerate down the path faster than your peers. If you’re already years down that path, sharpening your presentation skills can make you a more effective leader of multi-disciplinary teams.
At the end of this workshop, you’ll be on your way to giving stronger, more compelling presentations. We’ll cover some of the principles that make a good presentation, but we’ll focus on the practical skills of building a solid one, skills you’ll be able to apply the very next day. We’ll work through mock presentations and presentations you’re currently working on in your day job, so you’ll see exactly how to put into practice the ideas we’ll be discussing.
Ideas and Skills
· Understanding your audience
· Discerning the balance between story and argument
· Ensuring you have a thesis and your points build towards it
· Choosing or creating the correct imagery to support your thesis
· Sharpening your presentation writing to combine clarity with poetry
· Pacing your presentations for maximum effect in the time you have
· Using cadence in your verbal delivery
· Defining a personal presentation style
Dinesh is an Associate Partner in VSA’s Strategy Practice, where he leads brand, communications and digital strategy engagements for many of the firm’s clients. He has been a practicing strategist in the design field for 16 years, working with such firms as Continuum and Gravity Tank, while his work has benefitted clients from IBM and Microsoft, to GlaxoSmithKline, Unilever and BMW. Dinesh received his Master's in Design Planning from the Institute of Design, Illinois Institute of Technology, and has been a lecturer and instructor at his alma mater, at Pratt Institute and at the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley.
When & Where
Design-centered professional learning.
The Comradery offers professional learning experiences in design-centered leadership, thinking and making—relevant skills and knowledge you can immediately apply. Founded by Erin Huizenga and Deborah Alden.