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Presentation skills training


2-day effective presenting skills course

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This effective presentation training course is designed for people with some experience of presenting, who want to do even better. Maybe you've seen other presenters perform seemingly effortlessly, or really connect to their audience, or entertain at the same time as they deliver a serious business message, and what to know how to do it. This 2-day workshop will teach you all this and take your presenting skills to the next level.

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Numbers are deliberately restricted to a maximum of eight people, which makes them highly interactive and also gives you the opportunity to make several presentations without having to listen to dozens of others making theirs.

The concept behind the effective presentation training skills course is that of Whole-Brain Presenting™ - presenting in a carefully crafted way that engages both sides of your audience's brains, and therefore exponentially increasing your chances of achieving your objectives!

Many presenters have a solid, well-prepared, businesslike message to deliver but fail to connect with the audience because their delivery is dry, predictable and boring. Others are exciting, interesting and motivational but you can’t remember a thing they said ten minutes after they sat down.

“Honestly it was the best class/workshop I’ve ever attended.  I see no room for improvements.  Nick was amazing on how he delivered the material and how he was able to keep everyone’s attention for the duration of the 2 day course.  Kudos to Nick!” – John Chomko, McKesson

Both types make the mistake of speaking in a way that engages only half of their audience’s brains - either the left side (i.e. in a logical, factual, structured manner) or the right (in a creative, emotional way). The result is a presentation or speech that unsurprisingly often fails to achieve its objectives.

Whole-Brain Presenting teaches you how to engage both sides. The result is a presentation that is not only logically structured and perfectly crafted to achieve your objective, but is also delivered in an interesting, engaging and memorable way.By appealing to both sides of the brain it massively increases your chances of achieving your objective.

"I learned so much over the 2 days. I've already been integrating many of the tactics into my presentations and can see and hear the difference in how I come across to my audience" ... Kristin Hunt, FirstAm

Course Content

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Presentation Structure

You'll learn how to structure your presentation so it's logical and easy to follow. Imagine being able to draw your audience irresistibly towards a conclusion that culminates in the achievement of your objective.

  • how to work backwards from your objective, making sure that everything ties in to it
  • an 8 step process for designing and structuring your speech or presentation
"This workshop really sorts the men from the boys. Can't wait for the next company conference to impress everyone"... Paul White, HP

Opening Powerfully

Research has shown that the first 90 seconds are key to getting your audience's attention. Yet if you think about it now, 99% of speakers waste most of that time with boring, instantly forgettable, mundane rubbish such as greeting the audience, thanking them or apologising for being nervous. You'll learn:

"I've never liked the sound of my voice on tape, but I now realise that I have the power to change it. Colleagues have said I now sound much more confident and professional when on my feet"... Dianne Bowers, Swiss Life


After the opening, the second most important part is the close - you may recall a number of speakers you've heard who simply drifted to a pathetic, limp-wristed halt. What would it be like if you could close with a bang so you're guaranteed to get your audience to take action?

  • 5 powerful ways to close that will help you achieve your objective, which is what it's all about, after all (see Leave 'em on a high)
"The session on rhetoric was the highlight of the two days. Before this, I would never have had the confidence to use anything like that, but the dfference it makes is amazing"... Karen Milliband, Google

Using Rhetoric

We'll look at how to use rhetoric to sear your words into your audience's minds. But before you start to panic, this isn't an attempt to make you sound theatrical. We'll simply show you how to use powerful, effective techniques used by great speakers such as Churchill, Martin Luther King, JFK, Barack Obama and Steve Jobs to make your message more memorable whilst still using everyday language you are comfortable with. This session alone is worth twice the cost of the workshop.

  • the rhetorical techniques that the world's great speakers like Churchill, JFK, Martin Luther King have used for the past two and a half thousand years (see Rhetorical devices and how to use them)
  • how Barack Obama (and many other great speakers) use exactly the same techniques today
  • how to use them in a natural manner that none of your audience will ever recognise.
    "Applied what we learned about rhetoric to one of my standard presentations as soon as I got back to work, and the effect can only be described as unbelievable. A 'bog standard presentation' almost became a work of art. My boss commented when I delivered it. Fantastic."... Mark Sure, AstraZeneca

Designing Effective Visual Aides

You'll also learn the GOLDEN RULE about visuals, i.e. you are the star of the show, not your slides - they are there to support you, not the other way around. As you begin to realise this, you'll never approach preparing slides in the same way again.

  • how to make your aides impactful and relevant
  • how to avoid the 'data dump', i.e. how to use only the numbers you need to avoid baffling the audience (see Avoiding the 'Data Dump')
  • how to make your slides support you, not the other way around
  • how to avoid ''death by PowerPoint"
    "Personally, I thought the best bit was the advice on PowerPoint. Nick's Golden Rule completely changed the way I approach the use of visuals. I used to start with the slides and build my words around them, but now I realise it should have been the other way around."... Daniel Goldman, BT


Knowing when and how to use is one of the most effective weapons in the professional speaker's arsenal. Amongst many othet things, you'll learn:

  • how to use it to illustrate a serious point.
  • why it's important to 'give your audience permission to laugh'.
    “These past two days has been absolutely one of the best training sessions I have attended, bar none (and this includes my university classes!). Along with being completely riveting, I absolutely enjoyed the format, humor and enthusiasm you brought with you!” - Mitul Vyas, McKesson

Body Language

Research has proven that the most important visual aide you ever use isn't a flipchart or a PowerPoint slide ... it's YOU! Obviously that includes your appearance, but most of your visual impact comes from your body language. Your gestures, posture, body movement and facial expressions all play a major contribution in getting your message across. Over 50% of the message your audience picks up comes from your body language. In one study, exactly the same 10-minute presentation got positive feedback ratings of 84%, 52% and 28% (!!!!) depending on the hand gestures used. We'll cover:

  • the power of posture - how to stand and move so that you project an aura of confidence and professionalism (see The power of posture)
  • the subconscious gestures people use that betray what they're really thinking (a.k.a. 'non-verbal leakage') - how to spot them in others and stop them in yourself (see Giving away your thoughts - non-verbal leakage)

    Using Your Voice More Effectively

We'll cover how to use your voice and improve your vocal delivery. Most people only use a fraction of their vocal range in terms of pitch, intonation, speed and volume. As you think about that now, how impressive would it be to be able to vary all of these so that your voice is not only more pleasant to listen to, but also more powerful, compelling and persuasive. You'll learn:

  • 7 different types of pause, how and when to use each to improve your delivery tenfold (see The power of pausing)

Course Outline

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Each day begins at 09:00 and ends at 16:00, with an hour for lunch (not provided).

On day 1 we'll cover the 'left-brain' stuff. How to identify your objective and what you're trying to achieve, the best presentation structure to use, 'elevator speeches', how to write your script in a logical way so it achieves the objective, how to open and close powerfully and how to prepare powerful, effective visual aides that support you.

(At the close of day 1, there is an optional session on self-confidence. Not all delegates require this, which is why it isn't scheduled during the day but if you want to attend, you'll learn about nervousness, and what causes it. Very often the physical symptoms you associate with fear (dry throat, pale face, trembling hands, loose bowels, knocking knees) are actually the symptoms of an adrenaline rush. The mere fact of understanding this can help you use this adrenaline to your advantage. We'll also look at a number of simple exercises you can do any time you have to speak in public that will be like popping a confidence pill. These are the type of exercises you see people such as Paul McKenna doing with people on TV to cure them of their phobias. You'll be amazed at how effective they are.)

On day 2 it's time for the 'right-brain' content. We'll take your logical, ordered, businesslike presentation and learn how to 'spice it up'. We'll look at how to tell stories effectively, how (and when) to use humour, how to use the amazing power of rhetorical techniques, and how to create visual imagery through the words we use. Finally we'll look at delivery: body language that will make you look authoritative and confident, how to modify your voice so you use its full range and power, and how to use the incredible power of pausing, to 'slam-dunk' what you've just said into the audience's brains.

Each delegate is asked to prepare two, 5-10 minute presentations before the workshop. Both should be a 'typical' work-related presentation (i.e. the type of thing you might be expected to present on in your job role).

At the beginning of day one, you will present the first of these. This gives us a benchmark against which to measure progress. There will be some 'homework' on the evening of day 1 where you will be asked to revise the second of your presentations in the light of what you have learned so far.

(NB: Optional Evening Session:

In the evening, there is an optional session on self-confidence. Not all delegates require this, which is why it isn't scheduled during the day but if you want to attend, you'll learn about nervousness, and what causes it. Very often the physical symptoms you associate with fear (dry throat, pale face, trembling hands, loose bowels, knocking knees) are actually the symptoms of an adrenaline rush. The mere fact of understanding this can help you use this adrenaline to your advantage. We'll also look at a number of simple exercises you can do any time you have to speak in public that will be like popping a confidence pill. These are the type of exercises you see people such as Paul McKenna doing with people on TV to cure them of their phobias. You'll be amazed at how effective they are.)

Mid-afternoon on day two you will be given time to rewrite and improve the presentation you prepared the evening before adding in the knowledge you've learned on day two, before delivering it before the group. Both the trainers and the rest of the group will compare it with the first delivery and give constructive feedback, concentrating on the changes that have been made, and further suggestions to make it even more effective.

Cost / Booking

The cost per person is $1,200 for the two days. This cost includes morning/afternoon tea and coffee but not lunch. However, my Spring Promotion currently reduces the cost by $500 to only $700 per head. Simply put 'Spring Promotion' in the special intsructions box on the booking form.

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As most of my time is spent speaking at conferences and running in-house workshops for companies, we only have a few public workshops per year. Details for the next ones are shown below. To book a place, click on one of the cities below and you will be taken to our online booking system.

2-day seminars:
NYC 23&24th Chicago 17&18th      

To arrange an in-house Advanced Speaking Skills workshop for your company, contact us to discuss your requirements without obligation.

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Whole-Brain Presenting E-book

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