Our approach begins from the fact that most presenters have little idea of how they sound and what they say!
At some stage, they will have listened to and almost certainly disliked a recording of their voice. Also, while their presentations may be given from notes, headlines or even a full text, speakers routinely depart from notes, repeat themselves, speak too quickly or quietly and generally have no sense of what their audience actually hears.
Natural aptitude and a desire to communicate are great assets for a presenter, as are inspired ideas and well-chosen visuals but consistently effective presentations are the result of detailed preparation, experience and rehearsal.
In short, presenting is not a science, nor an art but a craft.
The best presentations are unique, hand-made, built from an understanding of the materials to hand: the words to be spoken, how to deliver them and the effect they will have on the most difficult material of all, the audience.
As well as a range of case studies we have tried to highlight some general aspects of our work.
- We don’t offer PUBLIC courses; all our work is with companies and organisations.
- Strict rules or a rigid, prescriptive approach are unhelpful. Forcing different personalities into the same presentation mould means those who fit will succeed; everyone else will fail.
- By understanding the difference between what is written and said and what audiences hear and see, presenters can be helped to modify their style, gain confidence and become more effective.
- While there are points of similarity between our courses, they are genuinely bespoke and a programme will only be arrived at following consultation. We are happy to make suggestions and give advice but we really do need to know about your business and your people if the work is to be successful.
- Good presentation training involves acquiring and developing skills. This is not a chalk-and-talk process but experiential. Techniques need to be understood, rehearsed and put into practice. A typical course might comprise some 18-20 contact hours spread over two days plus additional overnight preparation.
- Work on-site means less time out of the office and avoids accommodation and travel costs. Unfortunately, experience suggests participants will be called out, training rooms will be small and the working day constrained. We recommend off-site venues, particularly small country hotels and an overnight stay.
- Clients say our courses are friendly, supportive and good humoured but they are also hard work! As one previous participant said to a colleague …. You’ll have a good time and learn a lot but don’t bother to pack the golf clubs.