Do you need to give really persuasive presentations? At all stages of our careers we need to influence and impress others through formal and informal presentations. I know - because I have trained executives at all stages of their careers and from all industries - from CEOs and Entrepreneurs to junior rising stars and sales executives.
The keys to a great performance are Composure and Structure, and in this course I will teach you the techniques to approach each presentation with confidence and knowledge so that you impress every time.
The course draws not only on my long experience, but also on my academic studies in Psychology. It is based on the latest research into learning methods and information retention. It is now understood that visual recognition of memorable icons provides a "neural scaffolding" for information retention, especially in stressful situations. In this course I combine teaching the skills needed to give a great presentation with giving you a library of memorable icons so that you will be able to draw on your learning when the chips are really down and you need to wow your audience.
In this lecture I set out the structure of this course and how to use the workbook to develop your skills. You will also start thinking about the practice presentation you will create to really understand the skills I will teach you.
So where do you start in creating a great presentation? Well it is by understanding your audience so you tailor your presentation to have maximum impact, and in this lecture I guide you in how to structure your thoughts.
Now you understand who you talking to, you can decide what to to say, and what not to say, to really gain your audience's interest. You have got so much knowledge and information to give, at the end of this lecture you will know how to sort it so you can keep your presentation to time without missing out any critical parts of it.
You are the expert in the subject matter of your presentation! But how do you make it understandable in a short time for your audience so they really get your messages? Here I teach you how to put order on your information so the audience can absorb it and recognise your expertise.
Question - when you start talking, do you want people to sit up and listen, or carry on looking at their cell phones? - Here we explore the techniques of opening your presentation to get everyone's attention.
Have you been in presentations where you don't know if the speaker has finished or not? How do you finish and leave the audience knowing what your key messages were - Here I tell you how.
At last - POWERPOINT - HURRAY. I teach that a presentation is now a slide show - it should be so much more, but visual aids do really help to explain the points you make in a presentation. Here I cover how to make the best slides and visual aids to support your talk and not take it over.
Here we look at the best form for your speaker notes so that you are in command of your material and look confident to your audience, and also what information to give them to take away.
So you now know exactly what you are going to say, it's well structured and you have great visual aids. The audience is going to love it, but what about you? This section is about you and your confidence, how to warm up, manage any nerves and feel great on the day.
For peak performance it is key to warm yourself, this physical technique will be your best friend every time!
Get the voice of the professional speaker! - but it takes work. These breathing techniques will be with you for a lifetime, not just a single presentation, practice them and you will calm any nerves, speak with strength and think clearly in all situations.
Body language is so important! It tells your audience whether you are truly comfortable with your material and they will listen much more to a confident speaker. Here I teach you posture and gesture and how to master them.
Take your time!! - Audience's minds only work at a certain speed, and so does yours! Here we work on the tempo of your voice for maximum impact.
Great slides, but what do you do with them? Stand with your back to the audience and read them yourself? Maybe not! Here I tech you how to relate to your visual aids to be most comfortable for your audience - and you!
You're there, WELL DONE!!
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This course has been built to maximise your retention of my teaching points by using memorable graphics and icons to create associations with information contained in this course. These will stay with you and when you recall an image you will be able to remember the guidance I have given you.
You can rerun this course at any time with Udemy's Lifetime Access, but if I had to sum up this subject area, what are my top tips? In this last Wash Up lecture I set out the most important things for you to concentrate on to really boost your performance.
Mimi was responsible for Client Communications training at the global PR company Buron Marsteller and founded her own consultancy in 1998. She holds degrees in Medical Sciences and Psychology from the University of Edinburgh, UK, and a Teaching Diploma in Public Speaking and Communication from the prestigious London Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
She specialises in dynamic and innovative coaching in verbal communication for senior executives in major international companies. Her clients include companies such as AstraZeneca, Du Pont Pharmaceuticals, Nuffield, Shell Petroleum, Goldman Sachs, Accenture, Rank Group and Fox Kids.
Mimi speaks and facilitates at international conferences and works with senior individuals to help them develop their skills as entertaining and motivational speakers.