You Can Make Career-Changing Presentations
the desk of Dawn Angier
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Almost all of us need to make
presentations from time to time—some seemingly more important than others. And
what I’ve found is that those who
become good at making persuasive, engaging and educational deliveries get asked
to do even more.
Somewhere along the way, you
may very well be asked to make a presentation that becomes a game-changer for
you, your organization—maybe even the world. I think we can all agree,
however, that every presentation we make—whether to one person or one
We’re judged by how well we
deliver. We’re promoted (or not) based on our professionalism in presenting.
Whether we make the sale or not depends upon how well we’ve presented our case.
Here at SuccessNet, we like to
focus on attitudes, skills and knowledge that will serve you for the rest of
your life. And certainly the ability to provide highly effective presentations
fits with that intention.
Because we know one
thing is for sure—all of us will experience giving a presentation of some kind
during our personal and professional life. And it doesn't have to be
nerve-wracking and stressful.
It can be a rewarding experience for you—and your audience!
How to Deliver Highly Effective
Presentations will help you sharpen your speaking skills and deliver a focused
presentation with more confidence and clarity every time.
This course has sold for over $400,
but as a SuccessNet
Subscriber, it's available to you at a fraction of that price.
This 6-module course breaks down the presentation
process into easy and manageable steps. You’ll discover how to identify
different learning styles, find ways to encourage participants to speak up,
learn fun ways to control those pre-presentation jitters, and the most effective
method to use for your presentation delivery. You’ll also get several checklists
and other handouts to guide you through each module.
Module 1: Understand Your
Audience to Create the Best Experience for Everyone
“People will not usually remember
what you say, but they always remember how you made them feel.” This module
focuses on how to build rapport with the participants and create a positive
learning environment. Today’s audience culture has changed dramatically and your
ability to adapt to those changes will help you feel confident in providing a
presentation that you and your audience feel good about. Learn how to quickly
analyze your audience with just a few basic questions that help your audience
feel more relaxed and receptive to your message. Knowing your audience and their
expectations will create the best experience for everyone.
2: Focus on YOU— How to Sharpen Your Presentation Skills
Discovering the “weak”
areas in your presentation skills will help you to focus
more on your strengths. Not only will you build up your
confidence, but you’ll be able to better manage your
pre-presentation jitters. As a result, you’ll learn how to
put your focus and nervous energy into ensuring you deliver
a message that resonates with your audience. Make that
precious moment when you walk in the room as the speaker the
best first impression possible!
Plan and Create Your Presentation Content
A great presentation consists of many small details. And
thoroughly doing the homework of knowing the audience and
its expectations goes a long way to create an exceptional
audience experience. Now it’s time to prepare, structure,
and organize your message. When you build a well-structured
presentation, your audience will come to hear you and will
stay to listen.
Module 4: Design Effective Presentation Visuals
Visual aids should support your message—not be the
central focus. In this module, you’ll learn how visual aids
can add interest, drama and support for your presentation.
Most of us are visual learners. And listener retention
increases dramatically (70-85%) when you use visual aids in
your presentation. Learn how to use simple methods to create
compelling visuals so your audience remembers your message.
Stay in Control and Create a Powerful Close to Your
People can come
to the presentation with resistance or other emotional
issues that have nothing to do with you. Learn how to manage
difficult people and situations with grace and humor. And as
you close your message, your audience will leave feeling
less-than-impressed if your presentation fizzles out towards
the end, even if you prepared a strong presentation with
great content. The last thing you say may be the most
Module 6: Best Methods to Evaluate Your Presentation
“Feedback is the breakfast of champions.” Audience feedback
can be very helpful. Use the audience comments as benchmarks
for identifying areas needing improvement. And remember to
give yourself credit for your strengths. There are many
different styles of evaluation surveys. So learn about the
different approaches to evaluations so that you get the most