Yes, You Can Make Career-Changing Presentations
From the desk of Dawn
Angier . . .
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 thousand, matters.
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.
Identify Different Learning Styles and Learn How to
SPLASH Approach to Build Rapport with Your Participants
Set Ground Rules and Why They’re Important
Control the Room Environment
Create an Emotional Connection with the Audience
Understand the Different Types of Audiences to Adapt
Identify Pros and Cons of Room Setups—Create the Optimum
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!
How to Prepare: Checklist for a Great Presentation
Manage Your Presentation Anxiety
Identify Common Voice Problems & Vocal Sabotage
Use Nonverbal and Verbal Signals Effectively
Add Interesting Words to Your Presentation
Power Image Tips for a More Memorable “First Impression”
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.
How to Define a Clear Purpose and Focus
Develop the Presentation Content (What, Why, How, When)
Outline/Structure the Presentation Content
Organize & Sequence Information in a Logical Manner
Develop Opening Statements and Transition Phrases
Determine Effective Questioning Techniques to Encourage
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.
Do’s and Don’ts of PowerPoint
Tips for Using Color, Graphics, Audio and Text that Keep
Your Audience Interested
Choose Appropriate Visual Aids: Pros and Cons of
Combine Media to Make an Impact
Create Compelling, Interactive Handouts (Learning
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 remembered.
Manage Difficult People
Create a Call to Action
Top 10 Closing Techniques
Top 2 Ways to “Tip Off Your Ending”
Examples of Memorable Closings (handout)
Tips to Summarize Your Presentation
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 constructive
Five Approaches to Presentation Evaluations
Sample Presentation Evaluation/Feedback Forms (handout)
Self-Assessing Your Presentation (handout)
How to Evaluate a Presentation—identify the important
factors to design an evaluation
Evaluate Your Own Interpersonal Communication Skills and
How to Interpret the Evaluation Results