Tuesday, January 18, 2011

"How can I take my presentation style to the next level?"


Good public speaking and presenting skills don't come naturally. They take practice--something lots of managers avoid or can't seem to set aside time to do.  But practice lets you try, make mistakes and correct them fast, and gives you a safer place to fail than a real-life presentation. And the more you practice, the better you'll be on your feet. Practice and training help you make it look effortless.

If you're looking to step up your presenting game and take it to the next level, you'll want to master such skills as:
  • Relying less on the lectern or standing in one place, and replacing that with confident movement around the room--a way to keep your audience's attention and even emphasize key points;
  • Using gestures and props strategically, to make your message stick in the minds of your listeners and to help you speak more smoothly (a trick you can take advantage of);
  • Speaking without notes while still remembering your key points--and making it easier for your listeners to remember them; and
  • Handling Q-and-A with ease, ready to answer questions or handle difficult questioners without getting anxious.
Those are the skills we'll work on in the next "Good On Your Feet" workshop on dynamic public speaking and presenting skills from The Eloquent Woman, March 2 and 3 in Washington, DC. You'll be able to find out how to structure your presentation or speech to help you work without notes, and get plenty of time delivering a message using dynamic movement and gesture while you rehearse a Q-and-A session.  The intensive two-day workshop is a small-group training, so you can ask lots of questions and get plenty of time to practice and master skills.  Continental breakfast, lunch and takeaway materials are included both days.

Here's what participants in the last Good On Your Feet! workshop had to say:
  • "I feel more confident in my ability to give presentations--thanks!"
  • "I found useful the question-and-answer response tactics and a pausing technique that I can use."
  • "Most valuable: practicing with feedback from Denise and the other participants."
  • "Most valuable for me were the graceful ways with questions and answers, critiques, video recording and moving around (walking and talking).
Register today for the workshop--spaces are limited! I look forward to working with you.

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Davos forum to set quota for women at meeting

The World Economic Forum's gender diversity committee has announced that the exclusive meeting has imposed a minimum quota for women's participation at the meeting in Davos, Switzerland. From the Guardian:
The forum's "strategic partners" – a group of about 100 companies including Barclays, Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank – have been told they must bring along at least one woman in every group of five senior executives sent to the high-profile event. Strategic partners account for 500 of the 2,500 participants expected this year at a gathering where David Cameron will rub shoulders with the Russian president, Dmitry Medvedev, historian Niall Ferguson, UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon, at least one member of the Saudi royal family and countless business supremos and members of the academic elite....Fewer than 3% of chief executives of the world's biggest 500 companies are women, and a little over 15% of ministerial and parliamentary positions are occupied by women, the WEF said today.
This gets women in the room, but not necessarily on the program. Go here to see all our posts about getting women on the program as speakers. What do you think about this diversity move?

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