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Advanced presentation skills - from presenter to speaker

Absence Management and Attendance Management

You have acquired presentation planning and the key areas to consider in presentation delivery. Now you have the opportunity to make that transition from presenter to speaker. Yes, you can own the floor, grab and control the audience. You will gravitate from someone who is presenting information to a character who educates his/her audience but will be potentially more memorable than the material!

We will be developing your style and consider the subtleties that separate the good from the brilliant. We will review your 2 day workshop and your progress. Ongoing, we will define the planning and performance that will make you a speaker. You will boldly consider (and are encouraged to practice) presenting without notes or prompts in the ilk of a true speaker. Arriving with content in mind, you will you will work on a presentation on a topic of your choice, practice and receive feedback from the facilitator and your fellow participants. In addition, we will explore the most exciting mechanics a speaker can use to maximise his/her impact!

By the end of the workshop you will have:
• Distinguished between presenting and speaking
• Consolidated your Presentation Skills Course
• Practised and received feedback on your presentation skills at least four times
• Tips and techniques for audience manipulation and be-spoke delivery
• Tried out fresh techniques to develop your individual style
• Practiced adapting to your audience using vocal range, actions and language
• Learned to handle hecklers and take on troublemakers

In preparation

Revise your previous Presentation Skills 2 day course. Then decide on a new topic of interest to you, work or non-work related. It will help if you are passionate about the topic. Plan your presentation (it may help you to choose a new topic or at least take a new angle of the topic you chose for your Presentation Skills Course). Consider 2 types of audience that you might present this to. Practice it at least once, to familiarise yourself with the order and rhythm and to gain a level of comfort prior to the course. Bring information, any props and pictures (on a laptop or memory stick to be used in a PowerPoint presentation). You will deliver the same topic for 10 minutes on at least 2 occasions during the course, developing it and trying out varied mechanics to embellish your performance.

You do not need PowerPoint as we will be concentrating on your performance and not technology. However, please do bring it if it is the easiest way to bring supporting visuals and information.



Refreshments available


Welcome, introductions exercise (“Giving speakers feedback”) and setting the scene for the programme.


Whose Presentation is it Anyway?

Personal reflection

Passion Power: How to put passion and enthusiasm into their presentations.

Personal reflection




What’s in it for me?

Personal reflection




Re-addressing the audience

Handling hecklers and taking on troublemakers

Personal reflection



Tea/coffee break



Personal reflection

Final review and evaluation



Delivered to: Management at Delphi, September 2008.
RLF senior staff, 2007 to harness existing presentation skills for professional advancement.

As a mentor and committee member of Toastmasters International, guidance to presenters since 2004. As a paid public speaker, Clare addresses conferences and professional audiences with soft skills, change management and organisational psychology topics.

Workshops for Financial Directors and senior Finance Managers for the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) during 2008: Presenting Accounting Information Powerfully and Making an Impact with Numbers.

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