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Advanced Presentation Techniques

How to turn good presenters into EXCEPTIONAL presenters

Media Type - Toolkit
Author - Clare Forrest and Margaret Zuppinger

Advanced Presentation Techniques, gives you 20 tried and tested activities for developing the skills of experienced presenters beyond the basics. Fine-tune the skills of presenters so that they are able to make effective and powerful presentations of all kinds, whenever the need arises.

<>Advanced Presentation Techniques has activities that enable your people to assess how good they are currently, and what needs to be worked on, voice projection, handling awkward moments, understanding the audience, especially cultural diversity, adding value through visual aids – and much more! We’ve saved you hours of preparation time and research effort. All the support materials you need are included. 

List of Activities:

1. How good are you now? (1)

Apart from providing an opportunity for participants to get to know one another, this activity immediately involves them in giving two presentations. By doing so, you are able to assess current performance levels and begin to build an action plan based on their identified needs. This action plan forms the work for the next activity.

 

2. How good are you now? (2)

Building on the first activity with a further presentation from participants, this session is a reminder of the basic principles for delivering a memorable presentation. It finishes with a tailored action plan that you can use with each person to choose appropriate further activities and development.

 

3. Humour – what works and what doesn’t?

Lightening the atmosphere with lots of laughter, this activity shows participants how humour, when used appropriately, can enhance their presentations. Laughter is good for us. What makes you laugh?

 

4. Managing fear

As Susan Jeffers says, ‘Feel the fear and do it anyway’. This activity explains where fear originates and how and why it can have such an impact. Several simple, tried and trusted techniques are suggested for overcoming its worst effects.

 

5. Breathe!

This activity helps participants literally to breathe life into their presentations. The breath gives the voice its power and propulsion; it is the power source for the voice and without it there is no presentation.

 

6. Voice projection

The first of two activities examining the voice, this activity provides a full explanation and exploration of the voice projection needed to add colour and depth to any presentation. It includes individual work on articulation, expression, tone and pitch.

 

7. Voiceworks

Voiceworks takes participants on a journey through their own vocal production factory to explain how the voice works and how to look after this vital presenter’s tool.

 

8. Posture

This activity gives participants practical methods to enable them to stand tall, look their audience in the eye and create a positive first, and last, impression every time.

 

9. Understanding your audience

Being in touch with their audience is how successful presenters stand out from the crowd. If the audience is not with you, then the presentation fails. Through a visualisation strategy, participants are let into the secrets of understanding their audiences, before they get it wrong.

 

10. Overcoming awkward moments

We are judged by how we handle the challenges that life offers us, especially those met when presenting in public. Acknowledging that awkward moments happen, this activity shows participants how to overcome these with a deft touch that will leave their audiences admiring and inspired.

 

11. Presenting to multicultural audiences

We live and work in a multicultural society. Business operates locally and globally, nationally and internationally. This activity acknowledges the positive attributes of cultural diversity. It explores the challenges of such diversity to presenters through exercises designed to get them thinking about every aspect of their communication.

 

12. Researching your content – fact or fiction?

This is the information age. Sorting out what is worthwhile, what is important and what is dubious is difficult but not impossible. The audience will expect you to get it right. This activity, which includes individual presentation practice, develops participants’ Internet and other research skills to help them sift through the wealth of information and make informed decisions about the material they use when presenting.

 

13. Adding value: creating materials for your audience

You’ve seen the presentation and left clutching an armful of papers, or yet another collection of printed PowerPoint® slides. What happens to them back at the office? More often than not they end up languishing in a filing tray or in the waste-bin. Save trees! This practical and engaging activity helps participants to produce audience materials that add value and remain a lasting source of information long after the presentation is over.

 

14. Never dry up

This activity shows participants techniques and provides practice for remaining in control of all their materials during a presentation. Instead of feeling overwhelmed and perhaps losing track, they will be able to deliver with confidence, control, composure and elegance.

 

15. Terrific technology

By delivering their own electronic slide show (such as PowerPoint®), the participants assess the value, or otherwise, of electronic techniques. Together with the next activity, this session investigates this over-hyped medium, from slide design to managing the on-stage equipment.

 

16. Terrific technology follow-up

Following on from the previous activity, participants return with their revamped presentations for further discussion and feedback.

 

17. Videoconferencing

Videoconferencing brings business people together, wherever they are. Sadly, this versatile presentation technology often lies idle because no one is really sure how to use if effectively. This activity show how videoconferencing works and explains the simple techniques presenters need to utilise if effectively.

 

18. Speak winningly on any topic, at any time

Presenters have to be versatile and, as the title of this activity says, ‘Speak winningly on any topic, at any time’. The participants discover how to speak logically, persuasively and with conviction at a moment’s notice by using the simple, but effective, four ‘eyes’ strategy.

 

19. Specific set pieces

Giving a presentation isn’t always about slides and conferences. Sometimes just a few, well-chosen words are required, for example, when introducing a keynote speaker, giving a vote of thanks or an address at a funeral or memorial service. This activity provides participants with the confidence to deliver with sensitivity and confidence in these more emotionally charged situations.

 

20. Making a team presentation

Few of use work alone. Sometimes we may need to team up to deliver a presentation. So who takes centre stage? How do you handle it so that it runs smoothly and professionally? This activity shows how to pull individual presenters together by pooling their skills, knowledge and expertise to form a cohesive presentation team.

 

359 pages, with 165 OK to copy pages

  • Publisher - Fenman Training
    Support Material - Printed copy in ring-binder + CD-ROM • 20 Activities • 165 'OK to copy' pages
    Length - 359 pages
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  • Printed Activity Pack
    Price - INR 9,950
    Intl. Price - £ 150.00
    Stand-alone CD-ROM
    Price - INR 8,950
  • Stand-alone CD-ROM also available: The printed activity pack is also available as a stand-alone CD-ROM which contains the entire resource as a printable PDF, allowing you to print off pages from the CD as you wish. The content is identical. It also contains PowerPoint slides taken from the original pack.