Seminar Topics

Electrifying Presentations 

Any of the topics described below may be combined into an ELECTRIFYING PRESENTATIONS event. The information can be delivered in a format and time-frame to fit each client’s needs and is often used as a lead-in to our on-site coaching sessions. 

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For a more in-depth review of any of our topics, visit our SEMINAR HANDOUTS page, where you can download the details for FREE.

Effective Speakers
The characteristics of an effective speaker are linked to research on audience preferences. This topic describes audience preferences based on global research data, including a review of a Skills Assessment that quantifies levels of effectiveness. You can now assign a metric to your talent, based on 21 skill categories and 80 independent elements within your style.

The Message is the Message
In this seminar, you will discover the key elements of content development. Whether you are building a presentation for yourself or for someone else, managing the project begins with the formal development of a script. If you understand the elements of character, construction and consistency, you can build an effective message that creates impact for your audience. You will learn how to target one of the five basic “motivators”; build a measurable call to action; incorporate stories, examples and real-world analogies; and create consistency across a variety of different types of scripts. The goal is to ensure that everyone in your organization has the information and tools to tell the story with consistency and confidence.

On the Big Screen
This event teaches the basics of designing effective visuals by adhering to the important principles of Purpose, Movement and Color. You will learn to build presentations that follow a central theme, use graphics to control eye movement, and rely on the power of color. This seminar includes guidelines for increasing attention span per visual, as well as numerous full-color examples of the techniques for planning and assembling powerful presentations.

Visually Speaking
Since the greatest percentage of the communication process is physical, this seminar emphasizes personal delivery styles and the mechanics of presenting. You will learn the power of body language, eye contact, and gestures for enhancing your personal effectiveness and style, including the techniques needed to maintain control of the audience through planned movement, key body angles, balanced actions, and proper phrasing. The result is a practical, easily-applied approach designed to increase the delivery skills of those who communicate to groups of any size. See video clips from our seminars.

Up Close and Personal
In this popular session, we translate presentation skills from a stand-up environment to a one-to-one setting. This information will show you how to make presentations across the desk, around the conference table, and over lunch, with tips on negotiating, body language, room layout, power seating, props, and visual tactics. In addition, this topic can be expanded to include Facilitation Skills for those who serve as moderators or facilitators to small groups.

Negotiation Skills
This is a modified version of the Up Close and Personal topic combining the one-to-one non-verbal skills of small-group communication, with a focus on negotiation tactics to establish a win-win scenario. This information will show you how to distinguish between persuasion and negotiation, based on relationships and results.  As in small-group settings, the same non-verbal skills apply, focusing on body language, seating positions, visual perspective and the intricate use of props and spaces.

Seeking Similarity
Before you actually develop the script or story behind a presentation, there is a secret to making your message appeal to your entire audience, regardless of each member’s cultural background, job function, or level within an organization. In this lecture, you learn to recognize which of three kinds of “conflict” your audience faces and which of three types of “relationship” that you have with the group, at any given time. You’ll be able to use a GRID to map a communication strategy that functions consistently across diverse situations.

Multimedia vs. Multimania
Multimedia is now at our fingertips, creating the potential for sensory overload. This event teaches the tricks of creating multimedia presentations that do not overwhelm the message and the presenter, including how to use sound, video, animation, and linear and non-linear navigation. In addition, we will show you the secrets of delivering an effective multimedia presentation including timing, interaction, order, technical run-throughs, and on-site preparation. At your request, we can also include an eye-opening segment on how to demonstrate software and web sites.

Picture Yourself on TV
Prepare for the future of visual communication as video pushes to the forefront of electronic communication. From videotape productions to videoconferencing, talking to a camera is quickly becoming a casual occurrence. In this session, you will learn how to work within the frame of the camera, use subtle movement to make powerful points, and create meaning with facial expressions.

Lights, Camera, Action!
The more you understand the physical arrangements of the room, the more you will use the power of technology to support your major events. In this seminar, we reveal the conceptual and technical secrets of staging large presentations including lighting, sound, seating, and video. Whether you are responsible for (or speaking at) press conferences, shareholder meetings or employee events, you will be more effective if you learn to plan, manage and control your environment. See  room layouts.

Fashion Statement
Since the majority of your message is communicated through your physical appearance, clothing plays an important role in your impression and expression. In this event, we explore fashion tips for presenters so that your “look” does not distract attention from the message. This is not a “dress for success” cookbook, but instead a recipe for eliminating distractions and communicating personal style.

Skill Development

Beyond our seminars and related handouts, you can develop skills interactively, as evidenced in our blog postings and pages.

The Visually Speaking BLOG  is filled with presentation tips, tricks, techniques, articles, videos, learning tools and a lot more! 

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The Learning Library gives you free access to our skills development modules!