PRESENTATION TRAINING

Public Speaking: Our Greatest Fear

Studies claim fear of public speaking outranks fear of death.  There is even a name for it: glossophobia.

At Experience Media Consulting we believe that the best remedy for glossophobia is preparation and we have created a curriculum designed to prepare clients to create and fearlessly deliver any sort of  presentation, from speeches to legislative testimony to intimate-setting pitches.

Training Your Butterflies

In the 1980s, Helen Hayes, then called the first lady of the American theater, was asked if she suffered stage fright.  She answered, “I still get butterflies in my stomach before I go on, but I’ve trained them to fly in formation.”  Our presentation training is designed to make your butterflies fly in formation. We use a three-step preparation process:

 

Building Your Agenda

Expressing Your Agenda

Delivering Your Agenda

 

Building Your Agenda

You cannot use a presentation to make a point unless you have a point to make, in other words, an agenda.  To that end we work with clients to create their presentation agendas. We help clients hone their messages to insure that their listeners have — to use the inimitable words of Warren Buffett — “skin in the game.”

Expressing Your Agenda

The best agenda in the world will leave even an interested audience cold if you don’t phrase your agenda points in memorable, compelling language. We teach clients how to create what we call “grabbers,” word devices that make ideas come alive for an audience.  We teach the six always-reliable types of grabbers.

Delivering Your Agenda

Equipped with an agenda and grabbers, the presenter is poised for the next step: putting those butterflies into formation and making them fly.  We  teach the key delivery techniques — ranging from the cosmetic to the substantive. We teach clients how to approach the lectern, how to stand, how to use gestures, how to work the room, how to project their voice and even how to lower their heart rate and anxiety level.  On the substantive side, we teach clients how to open and close a presentation, how to make the most effective use of slides, props and facts, and how to command attention throughout a presentation.

Handling the Q & A

The strongest presentation can be undone by a weak performance in the Q & A session.  Using lessons learned from decades of interview training, we teach clients how to effectively handle even the toughest questions.