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The three P’s of dynamic, persuasive presentations

Perfecting presentations

Plan, practice, perform, PERFECT!

Public speaking is a top fear for many people. It’s okay to be afraid as long as you try to keep that fear at bay when you give a presentation. Here’s our three P’s of dynamic, persuasive presentations:

Plan

Probably the most important step, often rushed, when preparing a presentation. The planning stage does not just mean the order of your slides, it helps you to decide on and formulate the information, its order, and highlights the possible risks or objections you may experience.

Planning will help you make decisions like ‘which presentation software to use’ and ‘what duration is really needed’. If you are really effective when planning you will find that you will be spending less time preparing yourself to present.

Our workshop, The Skilled Presenter™ gives you the tools and techniques to present your ideas clearly and structure presentations in ways that match the message to the audience, presenting the information you want your listeners to understand and remember – without overloading them.

Avoid information overload by:

  1. Focusing on what your audience wishes to hear, to keep them interested.
  2. Keeping it simple, to be remembered.

Perform

Your non-verbal skills are your performing skills, you can maximise your impact by harnessing them. These include the way you dress, eye contact, gestures, your voice, stance and movement:

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Eye contact – shows you are confident and care about getting the message across.

Gestures – Relax… let your gestures follow your thoughts.

Stance and movement – stand squarely, move with purpose.

Voice – improve your voice dynamics and projection.

If, like many people, you dread that all important presentation here are some great tips to help you to overcome your nervousness:

  • Get physical – take deep breaths, press your hands together to relieve tension, do muscle-relaxation exercises.
  • Breathe – oxygen calms nerves and improves your voice projection – concentrate on taking full, deep breaths during the presentation.
  • Turn nervousness into energy – nervousness is part of presenting, a little ‘motivational stress’ is a good thing.
  • Surround yourself with friendly people – expert speakers routinely use this technique before they present. By surrounding yourself with people before your presentation, you reduce the impact of switching from being ‘off the stage’ to being ‘on the stage.’
  • Plan – the big secret to overcoming nervousness is organising your presentation clearly. Research shows that the major reason people feel stage fright stems from worrying that they will forget what they want to say – i.e., suffer ‘brain cramps.’
  • Learn from experts – learn top tips, tools and the secrets to mastering presentations from the experts by developing a structure that will help you survive. Find out more…

Practice

Bring together content, body and voice skills for the perfect, effortless presentation. To master your new found skills you need to practice, practice, practice.

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You can be successful and be remembered by your audience. The Skilled Presenter™ provides everything you need to become more confident when planning, performing and practicing your presentation skills, whether at a management meeting or an organisation-wide conference – this workshop will significantly help you get your message across. Find out more…

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