Training Course
"Successful Presentations - Speakers, Material, Event"

A two-day course to detail and rehearse all critical aspects of a presentation event.  Course content and techniques align verbal and nonverbal factors of an event.  On the first day, interactive lecture is followed by on-wall and on-stage walk-throughs of student’s draft material.  By the end of the course, all chart material is critiqued to “polish” the major messages and each presenter is rehearsed to be comfortable and effective – resulting in the best the event can be.

Guidance and techniques are presented and rehearsed for the presenter (and the material) to step up to the stage and lead an informative, compelling “conversation” that portrays expertise and sincerity - not just broadcasting, but dialoguing.  Course has six segments:

Introduction and Definitions

      • Set expectations and objectives of the training
      • Applicable definitions, timing parameters, and factoids

Presentation Design Considerations – Event and Participants

      • Detailed intent of each session and the overall event, not just the obvious
      • Charter for all participants – audience, speakers, slides, MC, computer operator, note taker
      • Start-up courtesies and logistics

Planning and Event Logistics – What all attendees need to know

      • Who’s who and Who does what for the entire event
      • Logistics and etiquette for each presenter

Slide Details and Standards

      • Two type of slides – offering detail vs. pre-established questions
      • Descriptive title and crisp informative bullets – Each slide with key message/theme
      • Effective references to exhibits, demonstrations, posters, tours, proposal volumes
      • Strong memorable introductions and closings
      • Use of standards – font, color, graphics, etc.
      • Strong message box at the bottom of each slide

Preparation Stages

      • Outlining of session – times, chart count, author assignments, messages
      • Rough chart storyboarding and dry run
      • Wall walks
      • Rehearsals and “what-if” training
      • Effective drills – 15-sec message, speed-up mode, handling questions, 3-sec eye contact
      • Chart polishing

Speaker Skills Coaching and Training

      • What speaker must do and must not do
      • How to convey sincerity and expertise
      • How to win over and engage audience
      • “Message-Slide-Message”
      • Logistics & Equipment – microphones, podiums, pointers, computer files, etc.
      • Handling questions – Eight critical steps to engage and satisfy
      • What to do “IF …”