How to Take your Presentation and Speaking Skills to the Next Level

  • Whether you’re presenting your ideas to your team, presenting to upper management, making recommendations to a client, or closing a sale, being able to make a persuasive and skillful presentation is critical to your own professional growth and to the success of your work. Whether you’re a polished presenter or someone who avoids speaking to a group, you can improve your presentation skills.

    Dr. Weinschenk explains and demonstrates what we know about how people think and learn, and how to use the psychological research to improve your own presenting and speaking skills. This is a hands-on workshop.

    What You’ll Learn and Do

    • How people see
    • How people listen
    • How people decide

    Exercise: Evaluate the effectiveness of a presentation case study

    • How people react to you
    • How to stand
    • What to do about eye contact
    • What to do about gestures
    • What to do about your voice
    • How to identify your physical “quirks”

    Exercise: Evaluate and begin improvement on your physical presence

    • How to change your presentation style and message for different audiences
    • How to change your presentation based on the physical environment
    • Using or not using a microphone and podium

    Exercise: Use a case study to decide on changes to make in audience and environmental factors

    • How to craft your message
    • How to structure your presentation for maximum effectiveness
    • Whether and how to use Q&A

    Exercise: Develop a presentation storyboard for a presentation

    • How to open your presentation
    • How to engage your audience’s emotions
    • What to do and not do to hold on to attention

    Exercise: Decide what attention and engagement elements to use for a presentation

    • The impact of media
    • The pros and cons of using different media
    • When to use slides, video, or audio

    Exercise: Decide what media to use for a presentation

    • The call to action
    • Deciding on your call to action
    • Building your call to action in to your presentation
    • Stretching your audience far enough but not too far

    Exercise: Decide on the call to action for a case study

    Each participant will receive a full workshop manual that contains all the materials used in the class, plus Quick Reference Summaries.