Presentation Skills Workshop - Effectively Communicate to Any Audience

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By the end of this workshop, you will be able to:

- Take a strategic approach to planning a presentation.
- Communicate your ideas with confidence and authority.

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Presentation Skills Workshop - Effectively Communicate to Any Audience

  1. 1. Presentation Skills Workshop Facilitated by Mary Kathryn Roberts Manager, Strategic Communications Office of the Vice-President (Finance and Administration)
  2. 2. Learning Objectives By the end of this workshop, you will be able to: • Take a strategic approach to planning a presentation. • Communicate your ideas with confidence and authority.
  3. 3. Goal for Today Prepare and give a one minute presentation.
  4. 4. Need to Know Info 1. What is the topic? A notable presentation from this Supervisory Development Series. 2. When will I be presenting? At the end of this workshop. 3. Who will I be presenting to? Us. 4. Where will I be presenting? Here. 5. What kind of audio-visual is available? Paper to act as slides.
  5. 5. The Plan for Today Part 1: Planning • Analyse your Audience – The Who • Select your Topic and Exact Purpose – The Why • Structure your Content – The What Part 2: Presenting • Understand Anxiety • Approach your Presentation with Confidence • Look at things you can do before and during your presentation • Present
  6. 6. Part 1: Planning How to take a strategic approach to planning a presentation.
  7. 7. Analyse your Audience Situational. Learn as much as you can about the speaking situation. Demographic. Can help to decide topics of interest. Psychological. Helps to understand what motivates people. What’s in it for them? What do they care about?
  8. 8. Topic and Exact Purpose Today’s topic: Your experience in this Supervisory Development Series. Exact purpose: • To introduce. • To tell a funny story. • To frame it around an object. • To highlight a pet peeve. • To showcase a personal opinion.
  9. 9. Structure your Content • Introduction – establish rapport, tell them what you’re going to tell them • Body – key points grouped into sections • Conclusion – tell them what you told them
  10. 10. Body • Include about 3 – 5 main points • Figure out the natural order, organize it well – know your story/path • Use examples to communicate your points • Get creative – use stories, anecdotes, vivid language, metaphors or an acronym to help people retain your information Your audience will only remember 10 – 25% of your presentation. It’s critical for you to try to control what is remembered.
  11. 11. 11 Practice = Plan 1. Start Planning Early 2. Create Clear Goals and Objectives 3. Gather Resources
  12. 12. Introduction Key is to establish rapport with the audience, to make them want to listen. • Personal experience (The first time X presented…) • A question (Did you know that X?) • A startling statement (People are more afraid of public speaking than they are of spiders.) Conclusion • Summarize your presentation • Reiterate your key point(s) that tie into your exact purpose • End with a closing statement
  13. 13. Good Slide Bad Slide Your go-to resource: SlideShare
  14. 14. Part 2: Presenting How to communicate your ideas with confidence and authority.
  15. 15. Rate your Nervousness How good a speaker do you consider yourself to be? Poor | Fair | Average | Good | Excellent How much personal anxiety do you usually experience when speaking? None | Little | Some | Moderate | Great
  16. 16. Understand Anxiety Trait Anxiety Internal anxieties an individual brings to the speaking situation. Characteristics: • Dissimilarity • Speaking History • Subordinate Status Situational Anxiety Factors present in a situation. For example: • a new audience • your boss • being critiqued/graded while speaking
  17. 17. Managing Situational Anxiety 1. Prepare. 2. Use deep breathing. 3. Plan an introduction that will relax you and your listeners. 4. Practice.
  18. 18. Managing Trait Anxiety 1. Use positive imagery. 2. Use positive affirmations.
  19. 19. The Speaker I Want to Be Make a list of speaking characteristics you wish to develop – do this as a group. Use these as a basis for writing 5 – 10 positive statements that describe you exactly as you want to be – do this on your own.
  20. 20. Break the Umm Habit • Leave yourself a voicemail or record your voice. • Try to overdo a pause. • If you project your voice, it's really hard to say "um…"
  21. 21. Before the Presentation • Acknowledge your nervousness. • Mentally rehearse your opening. • Arrive early. • Wear comfortable clothing. • Walk around. • Make the room yours. • Have water handy. • Prepare everything well in advance.
  22. 22. During the Presentation • Breathe. • Pause. • Make eye contact. • Don’t apologize. • Think in ideas, not words. • Remember, it’s not about you. • Smile, relax, and have fun!
  23. 23. I’m not nervous. I’m excited.
  24. 24. Presentation Time!
  25. 25. Wrap Up Today we: • Took a strategic approach to planning a presentation by analysing our audience, clarifying our exact purpose, and structuring our content. • Learned how to communicate ideas with confidence and authority by understanding the different types of anxiety, learning tips to overcome anxiety, and reviewing presentation tips.

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