This course is all about learning the necessary techniques that will ensure your business presentations are captivating, that your message is clearly received and that you hook the audience from the start with an end result of fostering a connection between presenter and audience. This course is not just for sales and business professionals but anyone who does any type of presenting, which includes: live presentations, online presentations, webinars, videos, live streaming, pitch meetings, sales meetings, client calls, voice mails, demonstrations, networking, even water cooler conversations!
The course content is all about creating content that makes sense to the audience from an organizational and language standpoint, remembering that we don't know what you know. The course also covers valuable technique in movement/gestures live and on camera as well as voice technique to bring the words to life.
Each lecture is delivered via video and a number of the lectures include PDF's with supporting information.
Presentation skills are crucial, now more than ever. The statistics on what employers are looking for include the ability to present. In the global economy that we live in, even if you don't have present live, at some point you will do presentations or pitches via the internet. Excellent presentation skills, especially voice are key to compete in the world of business and they also have the ability to break through the noise and set you apart. Anyone who talks to anyone, ever, for business or sales would benefit dramatically by taking this course.
In this section, you will get a full understanding of the parts of the course that will be covered and the manner in which you will receive the information.
In this lecture, students will gain an understanding of my background and how it will apply to the learning in the course.
One of the hardest parts of putting a presentation or a pitch together can be getting started. It can be very overwhelming. In this lecture I give a simple system that will help you get organized and get going on creating a fantastic presentation, promo or pitch.
In this lecture I will give a brief description of what parts are included in a presentation. Students will gain an understanding of what they need to put together for the various presentations they may do.
In this lecture I talk about the two different ways you can structure your presentations. Sometimes it makes sense to use a pattern that builds step by step others it's random.
In this lecture I talk about attention getters which are an important part of the introduction. The first thing you should say is an attention getter, hook your audience at the start.
In this lecture I get back to basics with the thesis statement and talk about why it's so important for you to tell us what you are going to tell us before you tell us.
In this lecture I talk about one of the most oft forgotten yet important parts of delivery which is transitional phrases. You have to be our tour guide because we don't know where your going. I'll show you how to keep your audience with you through the use of transitional phrases.
In this lecture I talk about the parts of the conclusion. Often times we just stop talking, end it and that's not as effective as it could be.
In this lecture I talk about something I call connector phrases which are little sayings, phrases that help us connect to the audience and them to us.
Storytelling is a great way to share your message to your audience. It's true that we connect to stories over facts. In this lecture I talk about the different parts of the story because we tend to overlook some of them and talk about parts that don't always make the most impact.
A very important idea that I discovered after working with countless individuals who came to me for presentation help is that we don't know what you know. It's essential that we remember, when crafting and delivering out presentation that our audience is not in our head, they don't know what we know. In this lecture, I'll talk more about how we manage this.
In this lecture I talk about what it means to be human and how that can actually work in your favor with your audience. One of our biggest fears in speaking is what if we mess up, what will people think of us. The truth is, if we make slight errors, we become more human in our audience's eyes. It's not always a bad thing.
I'm not a fan of full scripts, in fact, I think scripts across the board become a crutch. Often times you think you need it but you really don't. In this lecture I talk about ways you can pull away from a full script and get to a place of having just the right amount of words to give you support but not distract you from connecting to your message.
I'm not a fan of full scripts. I do completely understand the need to have guidelines and notes. In this video I talk about ways you can pull away from a full script little by little and yet still have a safety net that will give you the confidence you need to succeed.
As I've talked about before, stressing enough words is really important, it helps us to know what is important. In this lecture I talk about how important it is to stress words, but especially when using a script or a script on camera.
In this lecture I'll give some important and valuable information on why it's essential to practice out loud, especially if you are working off of a full script.
In this video I talk about authenticity and connecting to your message. It's essential that we don't make everything in our presentation about the words because then we are disconnected from the message.
In this lecture I talk about confidence. Confidence actually comes from technique that provides an anchor which gives you the safety net to step out. Once you've stepped out and see that you can do it you have the victory, from that the confidence is built.
In this lecture I talk about the concept of grounding. We need to be connected to our body, voice and mind where the words are in order for our audience to connect to us. The breath is the glue that holds everything together. In this video, I'll show you how you can get grounded prior to any speaking event and sound better than ever.
It's essential to practice out loud, by doing so you can make adjustments in real time. But, it's even more important because practicing out loud lays things into the muscle memory so that you can draw from them when you need them.
In this lecture I explain the concepts of muscle memory and technique and how they work together. There are two schools of training, one is organic, the other is technique. I'm technique based and I explain the concepts here.
In this lecture I talk about the different ways you use gestures and how important it is to find a balance, not too much, not too stiff.
In this lecture I talk about where to look when you are doing presentations on video as well as options for your script if you need one on camera.
In this video I talk about how important it is to find the right balance of movement, especially on camera. Sometimes we move too much and then overcompensate with moving to little. It's important to find the balance. I'll show you how.
In this lecture I talk about smiling and how important it is in all presentations but especially on camera. We tend to get bogged down in the words and what we are doing, thinking about, tense and maybe even not breathing. It's very important to smile though.
In this lecture I talk about getting the words out of our mouths and why it is so important. We tend to not let the words out, try to keep them in so they go out of other places like our bodies, nose and hands. It's essential to get the voice placed right so it can travel out clearly and the message we are sharing can be heard and understood with ease.
In this lecture I talk about stressing words which is the foundation from where all of variety comes from. It's essential to pick enough words to stress, I'll talk in length about why it's important and what to look for to make sure you have enough words that are getting extra value added to them.
In this lecture I talk about unpredictability and how important and key it is to captivating the audience. Being predictable is a big problem for many people. I'll show you how to be unpredictabile and talk about why it's so essential.
In this lecture I talk about bringing the words to life which is done through the use of the voice, primarily voice variety. The words are the message but it's up to us as presenters to bring them to life.
Bringing the sound forward so it can travel out is one of the things almost everyone I work with needs to do. In this video I talk about why it's so essential to get the sound out and forward and give a few techniques for creating the tunnel for the sound to come straight out of.
The words are meant to come up and out of our mouths, yet we tend to work really hard to keep them in. Dropping our jaw is just one of the two tools we must work on in order to get the words out of our mouths. In this lecture I will teach you about jaw dropping.
Core five is the term I use for setting moderation in all the variety elements and beyond. Core five is the base line that we must work from in order to captivate and engage our audience. I'll show you how to do it and talk about why it's so important in this lecture.
Pacing is key for successful presentations and is one of the first problems that I see people struggle with. Pacing is essential for a number of reasons. In this lecture I'll talk about how to pace and the reasons why it's so important.
In this lecture I'll talk about the variety element of volume. Volume is powerful and key to your success in delivery, especially in the area of unpredictability. It's the opposite of what everyone expects when we get quiet, that is just one of the tools that I want to talk about with volume.
Pitch play is something that we naturally do on an organic basis but we tend to go flat when we present. Pitch play is tricky when applied from a technical perspective but in this video I'll talk about ways you can enhance your presentation with pitch work.
Pausing is one of the most powerful tools in the voice tool kit, yet one of the most underused. In this lecture I'll talk about the power of pausing and why it's so essential for you to learn to get comfortable with it.
Tracy Goodwin is known around the globe as the Red Sweater Lady for her extensive collection of communication and voice training videos. With over 20 plus years experience in voice, on camera and communication training, she is a master of her game. Tracy holds a BFA in Directing, an MA in Child Drama and an MA in Corporate Communications. Tracy has trained clients all over the world from professional actors to news personalities to C-Suite Executives. Tracy can teach you how to Captivate the Room by creating and delivering engaging content in a captivating and persuasive way. Tracy's methods are guaranteed to work and have been perfected over the years through education, training and consulting.