Presentation Skills and Public Speaking Help
If you want to have “executive presence”, this might be the most important letter you read. Here’s why….
Communicating in a simple, concise and clear way can be scary if you feel your public speaking skills are not keeping pace with best practices.
Business Presentations Are Important
I know how you feel. My first business presentation scared me to death. Even now, after more than 30 years of being a senior executive and consultant to others, I sometimes feel I could do better if I had a few tips from other successful business executives I see at industry functions.
Across the internet there are any number of products to help people in business promote their organisations and businesses by speaking well in public – whether that means a team meeting, a boardroom presentation or a conference for thousands.
What I offer is very specific. This is not about “selling from the platform”. My approach is only for those who want to be able to personally present information as professionally as possible.
Where Do You Start?
There is a saying that “the first step is always the hardest”. To make it easier for you, I have a summary of my 7 step approach available for download. In the summary you will find:
How to Plan and Prepare For A Presentation
You need to think about the amount of time you have for your presentation and the amount of information you will present so that you can have your audience enjoying every moment of your presentation.
Writing the Talk for Your Planned Presentation
Hand in hand with preparing your presentation should be writing down what you are going to say. You don’t want to face the nightmare of forgetting names/places/products, or trying to think of something relevant to say when you are “lost for words”.
How to Know if Anyone is Really Listening
Its pretty easy if your audience are asking questions during your presentation, but what if there is complete silence? And often we would rather have questions at the end of a presentation. So how can you tell if your words are hitting the mark? I will show you different methods to incorporate into your presentation so you can have immediate feedback and be able to adjust your presentation when it is needed.
What You Can Learn From Other Business Presenters
We have all been in the audience for both good and mediocre presentations. Often we are so focused on getting the information being presented that we fail to recognise what we like about how a particular presenter performs. Perhaps we just feel that some presenters can do it better. Why is that? Because their presentation style provides us with all the information we need and this information is relayed to us in a way we can comprehend. I will help you develop your assessment skills so you can learn what works in a business presentation and then apply that to your own presentations.
Your Voice – How To Love It
By far the biggest area of concern I have encountered in all my years of public speaking coaching is what people think of the sound of their own voice. I have yet to meet anyone who loves it!! I will show you how to enjoy your voice and make the most of it whether you are new to business presentations or an old hand.
What Is Your Individual Presentation Style?
When I first started making business presentations, I wanted to be like all the experienced presenters I had seen. I wanted to be informative, interesting, talented, confident and entertaining. Could I be all those things and get my information across as well? We all need to develop our own presentation style. A style that is a reflection of us. I will show you how you can do this so you can be comfortable with every presentation and not feel that you need to “put on a show”.
Naturally I cover the area most people find their biggest stumbling block to public speaking – nerves. I will show you how to recognise your individual symptoms and in genuinely assessing the causes, work out strategies to minimise your nerves for each and every presentation. After all, shouldn’t you be enjoying this activity as much as your audience?
You Can Also Learn “On The Go”
For those who prefer to learn by listening rather than reading, I have a series of Podcasts in continuous production. Each of these covers a subject I have found useful for everyone making business presentations. They are generally less than 10 minutes long so you can listen whilst in the car, at the gym or waiting in line for a coffee! And rather than continually check back here on the site for new episodes, you can subscribe free via Stitcher (Android or iOS) and also by using the RSS feed here.
I’m Ready For Help – What’s The Next Step?
You need to be committed to developing your presentation skills. You need to be ready for the challenges that this will bring. You need to be ready to embrace the opportunities that your new skills will provide.
As a first step, I recommend you download my 7 step summary today.
What have you got to lose? You want to be better at presenting your business information? You want to share your expertise with your clients and business peers? You want the opportunity to have your business leadership skills recognised and rewarded? Regardless of your particular reason, you can achieve the outcomes you desire. All it needs is the right approach and your commitment.
Wishing you every success with your business presentation
P.S I have a very limited number of business presentation skills coaching clients each year. This is intense coaching, provided in person, one to one at a time that is convenient for you. When you are ready to make your business presentation the one that everybody wants to hear, the first step is to organise a strategy call with me.
I do not charge for the strategy call. I offer this free service because I am a public speaking coach and I work exclusively with senior business executives. Before we go any further you need to know I can’t help everybody. My coaching services can only help senior executives who regularly make presentations or speeches, particularly those who haven’t had the opportunity or time, until now, to focus on fine tuning their public speaking skills.
If this sounds like you, here’s what you do next. To schedule a free strategy call with me, simply fill out the form below. It has a few questions about your current presentations and speech activities and what you are looking to improve or eliminate. I’ll do some planning for you and then we’ll set up a convenient time to go over it together in your free strategy call.