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Why Presentation Skills Training?

Fear of public speaking is not uncommon. Whilst most of us are happy to talk to one or two people in an informal setting, the thought of standing before a large group fills us with horror. However, public speaking skills can be developed, and anyone can learn to give informative and stress-free presentations. 

Individuals wishing to improve their presentation skills are often interested in finding ways to:

      • Minimise their nerves and improve their overall confidence
      • Project confidence and credibility to their audience
      • Plan and prepare their material to ensure a focused, succinct and memorable presentation
      • Keep the presentation to time - avoiding unplanned overrunning
      • Involve and captivate their audience
      • Handle difficult situations, and awkward questions
      • Accurately evaluate the effectiveness of their presentations, without being overly hard on themselves.
It is easy to underestimate the skill involved in delivering a focused and informative presentation that captures the attention of the audience. And yet, very little attention is given to preparing people for making an effective presentation beyond equipping them with a title and possibly a few ideas on the content. With some careful preparation and the development of specific communication techniques, anyone can improve their skills and confidence to give a quality presentation that fulfils its purpose.

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Self-confidence... do you have what it takes?

 

"It's not how strongly you feel about your topic, it's how strongly they feel about your topic after you speak."

Tim Salladay

 

Click the 'play' button below to see a news interview with Mike Aguilera (US communication expert) talking about how to conquer the fear of public speaking:




How to spot an effective presentation

The person giving the presentation:

1. Is calm, confident and prepared - they may be experiencing nerves, but they do not share these with their audience as it can make everyone in the room feel uneasy. Instead they are harnessing their adrenaline and using it to fuel their enthusiasm for the subject

2. Makes a strong introduction - they grab the audience's attention within the first few seconds by 'selling' the idea that what they are going to talk about is really worth listening to

3. Connects to the audience - instead of broadcasting to the back of the room, they engage with their audience by ensuring that the content of their presentation meets expectations and addresses the audience's interests and needs

4. Is focused, clear and concise - their presentation is clearly structured - telling a story with a beginning, middle and end. The audience is left with no doubt about what the presenter is trying to achieve, and what the key messages are

5. Ends on a high - they don't simply trail off when they have run out of things to say, or apologise for running over time! They conclude their presentation with a punchy summary of 'take-aways' or things they want their audience to remember.

Presentation Skills Training

Would you or others in your team benefit from training in presentation skills?

As well as the information and advice availble from the internet and from reading books, there's huge additional benefit to be gained from the interaction, practical exercises and valuable feedback that face-to-face training and coaching gives. In relation to the topic of presentation skills H2 offers:

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Open Courses

Held in Central London in convenient locations on a regular basis - a place costs from just £445 +VAT per person for a 2-day course. We currently offer the following open course specifically on this topic:

We can deliver any of our open course topics at your own premises or at a local venue of your choice, plus we offer a number of other off-the-shelf courses that can be delivered in-house, including:

We charge a flat daily fee from £800 +VAT per day (from £700 +VAT for not-for profit organisations), for any number of attendees up to 12 people, dependent only on the location and the duration of the course. Click on the "In-house Courses" button above for more details.

Our bespoke service involves us designing and delivering a tailored course to meet your more individual requirements. Following a short but effective pre-course consultation, we put together a course programme that reflects your specified priorities, and that includes exercises based on real-life case studies/scenarios. This helps us to ensure that the course stays focussed on the issues that are most important to you and your delegates. Click on the "Bespoke Training" button above for more details.

We offer all of our open course and in-house topics as 1:1 training. The cost is dependent upon the topic, location and duration and we offer discounts for two or more sessions. For example, the fees for our standard 1:1 training in Central London covering an open course topic (such as "Presentation and Public Speaking") are £550 +VAT. Click on the "One-to-One Training" button above for more details.

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