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Public Presentation Skills Workshop - May 17 & 18, 2017
This is a 2 Day Public Program delivered for up to 12 attendees. Each attendee is coached across the Four Quadrants: Executive Presence, Message Organization, Delivery (from PPT at the screen, seated using handouts and standing using notes) and Q & A. Each attendee is videotaped 7 times with coaching feedback and tape review.
Day 1: Skill Acquisition
o Initial Skills Assessment: Each presenter is videotaped introducing him or herself to the group. The
purpose of this is to ‘see and hear themselves’ as others do. Videotaped & Reviewed
Executive Presence Skills
o Focus for Confidence: Presenters learn a skill which helps them think more clearly and come across as
confident, sincere and engaging.
o Natural Energy: Presenters learn a series of skills which include how to stand and move, what to do
with their hands, how to control their vocal energy with volume, inflection and momentum or pace.
When managed, the presenter looks and sounds more natural, credible and interesting and delivers
with passion, energy and confidence. Actively Coached, Videotaped and Reviewed
o Consider your Listeners: A brief exercise is introduced which helps each presenter think through who
his or her audience is so that the message can be tailored to their listeners.
o Organize your Message: Presenters are introduced to a ‘Know This, Do This and Believe This’ format.
These are the 3 great reasons we message to others. When we use a format we apply logic to the flow
of our information with the listener in mind.
o Forms of Influence: The 6 major forms of influence are introduced to presenters along with the
universal formula for sharing a story, example, personal experience or case study. Speakers are then
encouraged to employ forms of influence in their presentations to make their messages more
memorable and persuasive.
o Tips for Creating and Presenting from PowerPoint: Problems and general best practices are shared
around the use of PowerPoint. Sessions can be tailored to other forms of delivery.
o Delivery Options are reviewed: We cover the most common methods of delivery and how to blend
the message content with the physical presence skills practiced earlier in the session. The methods
are: Extemporaneous, Speaking from Notes or Handouts and Speaking from PowerPoint. Actively
Coached, Videotaped and Reviewed
Day 2: Skill Application
Review Day 1 Skills: A brief review of Day 1 begins the final session.
o One-to-One Practice: Each presenter practices delivering his or her presentation to a partner. This is
done seated speaking either from their PowerPoint, notes, handouts or laptop.
o PowerPoint Presentation: Each presenter delivers a 5 minute presentation applying all the Day 1
skills. Actively Coached, Videotaped and Reviewed
o Seated, Speaking from Handouts, Notes & Tablet: Each presenter delivers a brief 3 minute
presentation seated speaking from notes or handouts or Tablet applying all the session 1 skills.
Actively Coached, Videotaped and Reviewed
o Story: Presenters learn the concepts that create powerful ‘Stories’, and then dissect two examples of
stories (one written and one video).
o Establishing a Viewpoint: Each presenter learns a formula for sharing a viewpoint in under 30
seconds. This is a ‘whole life skill’ which is used frequently in our professional and personal lives.
Interacting with my Listeners
o Answer the Question Directly: Presenters learn to listen for the issue and answer the question first,
before developing the answer. This directness has them come across as credible and transparent.
Actively Coached, Videotaped and Reviewed
o Listen for the Issue and Rephrase Challenging or Confrontational Questions: Presenters learn how to
listen for the issue and then reposition the question, staying true to the issue (this is not ‘Spinning’).
When done properly, this technique sets up a platform for the speaker to answer the question directly
and enhance their credibility.
o Prepare for Highly Confrontational Q&A: A tool is introduced to prepare for highly confrontational
Q&A. A media clip is shown of Joe Hinrichs, Ford, President of the Americas, creating and then staying
on message under aggressive questioning.
Standing, Speaking from Notes: Each presenter delivers a brief 3 minute presentation moving across the
front of the room, speaking from an organized note format applying all the Day 1 skills.