Imagine this scene: a workshop participant that has just endured giving a presentation that was awkward, stiff, monotone and just plain boring has now started to talk to the group about her presentation. As she moves from her presenting mode to normal communication, she begins to move, smile, gesture, and use great voice inflection to present like a pro.
I’ve seen this repeated countless times. My main job as a presentation skills instructor and coach is to allow people to bring their natural ability to communicate to the unique position in front of a group. I use an appreciative approach that creates a fun, encouraging and positive experience that allows participants to discover strengths and develop new skills.
I focus on the two key aspects to becoming a great presenter: mastery of key organization and delivery skills and cultivation of a strong inner game of self-confidence and positive image.
There are two main methods I use to develop speakers:
Much of my current work is in the field of medical presentations in which an understanding of regulations and a comfort working with medical personnel is essential.
“I just want to thank you for doing a great job with our group training. You gave us practical info and made the days fun as well. Clearly, I will be able to improve my future presentations because of your help.”
-Mariann Bartholomew, Administrative Director of Support Systems, Ball Memorial Hospital