Length: 3 days
Number of Participants: 12-15
Materials: Notebooks and handouts provided
Effective Presentation Skills
are essential for technical professionals to communicate their data,
statistics, and facts in a well organized concise manner to both the
technically sophisticated and technically challenged.
The key is to communicate clearly, concisely, and
with confidence. Unfortunately, too many technical presentations fail to
get the message across; too often, because many technical presentations
are, simply put, boring.
There are several myths associated with technical
- Content is the only message
- Audiences want all details
- People expect technical presentations
to be boring
- Technical people expect to be lectured at
- Data dumping is a requirement
- The speaker is there to support his/her
- Visuals should predominate
At the end of this seminar, each participant will
successfully demonstrate in three separate presentations, the following:
- Enhancement of present skills and development
of newly acquired presentation skills.
- A clear statement of objectives.
- Successful audience analysis and rapport.
- A variety of useful patterns of organizing
and structuring presentations for variety and to aid retention.
- The principles of: Association; Primacy;
Redundancy and Parsimony.
- Language use appropriate for an informative
and a persuasive presentation.
- Specific abilities in demonstrating,
observing and assessing non-verbal behavior to get the message
- Knowledge and skill in using the "art of
persuasion" and its principles.
- Developing and using appropriate visual aids
to enhance "getting the message across."
- Techniques to reduce anxiety.
- Maintaining credibility during the Q and A.
1. Identification of
clear objectives for presentations.
2. Three communication
- The audience - audience analysis
- The speech - "Do's and Don'ts"
- The speaker - The main message is
3. Principles of:
- Logic - "Logos"
- Emotion - "Pathos"
- Authority/Ethics - "Ethos"
5. Kinesis - Body
Language - Non-verbal behavior - Proxemics
6. Using visuals
7. How to develop the
opening, body, and conclusion of a presentation
8. Keys to maintaining
attention and enhancing retention
9. "Thou shalt not
to manage presentation anxiety
- Small group work
- Management games
- Individual opportunity to prepare
and deliver presentations
- Individual critique by seminar
- Video taping of each presentation
for immediate feedback
Keys for Change
- Experiential learning in a
- Use of relevant company materials
and topics as a basis for each presentation
- Immediate on-going feedback