The Effective Speaker

Learn and practice the skills that will make you more confident, engaging and persuasive speaker.



Who is it for?

The Effective Presenter is suitable for:

  • inexperienced presenters who want comprehensive training
  • experienced presenters who are ready to take their skills to the next level.

A unique design

You get to choose whether to attend one or both days. You also choose whether or not to present to entire group and receive video-coaching. So what you learn and the intensity of that learning is completely up to you.

“Although I have attended three different presentation workshops, and given many presentations, this course was the best ever, and helped solve the one persistent problem I was having with presentations.”
– Roger Poland, Programme Co-ordinator – Surveillance, Ministry of Primary Industries

Course Outline

Day One – Prepare your material and yourself

1. How to Design the Content of your Presentation

Many people tell us that it takes them far too long to prepare a presentation and that they struggle to make the presentation interesting and engaging for the audience.

Using the Effective Speaking SpeakerMap™, you’ll learn how to significantly reduce the time it takes to prepare a presentation and how to make it come alive for the audience.

You’ll apply the principles we teach you by designing a presentation.

You’ll learn how to:

  • reduce the research you put in to your talk
  • ensure your content is of interest to the audience
  • help your audience remember and act on your message
  • quickly organise your material into a logical order.

The concepts we show you will be reinforced by you delivering and receiving feedback on segments of your presentation.

“It enabled me to put together an effective presentation ready to present to senior management in half-a-day. Normally this would have taken me two weeks.”
– Simon Lloyd-Evans, Infrastructure Manager, IAG

2. Presenting with PowerPoint

PowerPoint is an excellent tool when properly used. Unfortunately most presenters don’t know how to make the most of it and so it becomes a visual impediment rather than a visual aid.

We’ve thoroughly investigated the latest research in multi-media learning and integrated that with our knowledge of PowerPoint to help you make your slideshow something to stimulate – not sedate – your audience.

This module will cover:

  • using graphic animation to reinforce your point
  • secret keyboard techniques to enhance your presentation
  • how to avoid creating slides that irritate your audience
  • free and inexpensive web resources that will enhance your PowerPoint shows.

“Should be compulsory before you are given the keys to drive PowerPoint”
– Roger Havell, Internal Audit Manager, Royal NZ Airforce

3. Strategies for Creating Confidence

Nervousness about speaking in front of a group is a very common experience. A speaker’s confidence is also a key factor in how credible they appear. Because of its importance we put a particular emphasis on handling nervousness and developing confidence in our training. We’ll introduce you to psychologically-based strategies that you can use to significantly increase your confidence.

In this session you’ll:

  • identify the root causes of your nervousness
  • discover how to reduce the nervousness you feel
  • learn how to cope with the nervousness you feel
  • start to enjoy speaking in public.

We take nervousness seriously. The strategies we teach you are based on Rational Emotive Behaviour Training – a proven cognitive-behavioural technique.

” I got so much out of this course but to choose one thing to pinpoint is the work we did on nervousness. Being able to put it into perspective and realise it’s OK to be nervous and how to manage it was invaluable.”
– Kellie Nicholson, Test Manager, IAG

Day Two – At the front of the room

4. Rehearsal and Memory Tricks to feel totally Prepared

Having designed your Content and PowerPoint, it’s time to start getting familiar with how you’re going to use them. Many presenters skip this step – they turn up for the presentation, fire up their PowerPoint presentation and start reading.

The result? Death by bullet-point.

In this session we get you rehearsing your material – you’ll get feedback from others on what works and what doesn’t. We’ll show you memory tricks that will help you keep on track so that your presentation flows smoothly.

The benefits? Your presentation will run like a well-oiled machine. You’ll look completely in charge of your material and your audience will be able to focus on what you’re saying – rather than being worried about whether or not you really know what you’re talking about.

5. Deliver with Impact

Many people lose their natural ability to communicate when they stand in front of a group. They become stiff and unnatural or get panicky and speak too fast. This sabotages their connection with the audience and their ability to influence.

When the best presenters speak, they are able to make each person in the audience feel noticed and important. They do more than present – they connect.

You’ll receive in-depth coaching to transform your delivery skills by working on the specific areas that you, as an individual, will most benefit from improving. So you not only learn what you need to improve and why – you’ll also be taught how to improve and will get the opportunity to try out the techniques straightaway.

Having watched a short video-replay of your presentation, you and your trainer/coach will agree on one or two aspects to work on – the areas that will make the most difference to how you’ll come across next time you’re presenting.

Our “masterclass” coaching methodology will reconnect you to the techniques that you normally unconsciously use in everyday conversation to engage and influence the people you speak to. You’ll become relaxed and in control of what you say and how you say it. Your coaching session is also videoed so you can review it later.

We’ll focus on your individual needs and also cover the following areas:

  • how to incorporate the power of silence – naturally
  • how to pace your presentation to the needs of your audience
  • how to stop being a “click-talk” presenter
  • how to work with your notes and the remote
  • how to add emphasis – without sounding artificial
  • how to speak in an engaging, dynamic way
  • how to naturally pace your presentation and stop rushing
  • creating a sense of enthusiasm and commitment to your topic
  • create and change contrast and mood as you speak
  • engaging your audience at an emotional, as well as logical, level
  • how to look confident – even if you’re not
  • how to eliminate “ums and “ahs.”

” I found the training amazingly effective in changing my comfort levels with presenting to a group. Our trainer achieved this through one-on-one coaching with a live audience, so that recommendations could be acted on and the results were tangible and immediate – this made the whole experience enjoyable, a word I never thought I would use when describing speaking in public!”
– Pat Beath, Consultant, Synergy International Ltd

We use video to give you accurate feedback on how you come across. At first intimidating, most people find this really helpful and often, it’s actually a confidence booster!

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6. How to Handle audience Curve-balls like a Pro

Perhaps the greatest challenge to a presenter is the fact that their presentation is a live event in front of an audience. Despite the best planning and rehearsal, the uncertainty of the audience’s reaction remains an underlying source of nervousness. In this module we look at what an audience (or members) might do, and to develop and practice psychological and practical strategies to handle this. Typical situations include audiences:

  • Disagreeing or pointing out flaws in the content
  • Interrupting and/or asking difficult questions
  • Looking bored or talking to somebody else in the audience.

You’ll choose a situation that concerns you that you’d like to handle better. Through our coaching you’ll develop and practice strategies for successfully dealing with the situation. At the end of the session, you’ll feel significantly more able to calmly handle the uncertainties you may encounter.

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Workbook and Video

As part of the course you’ll receive a copy of our 100-page Presentation Skills Workbook “How to design and deliver a presentation with confidence”. The workbook is used throughout the course and is also a valuable reference tool for the future.

You’ll also have continuous access to your final presentation and the subsequent “instant-replay” coaching session on our secure video-streaming service.

“The course challenged what I thought I knew about giving a good presentation, and has enabled me to make immediate and noticeable improvements to my presentation style. The course includes the perfect balance of theory and practice, the learning pace is just right, and the coaching is pitched to individual needs. Whether you are already an experienced presenter, or have never given a presentation before, you will benefit from this course.”
Sharon Pointon, Human Resorces Manager, Horizons Regional Council

Blended learning option takes only one day away from the office

Complete Presentation Skills can be delivered as a blended learning option where participants complete the the requirements of Day 1 remotely and Day 2 is delivered in a live-course environment.

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