Presenting With Confidence, Impact and Pizzazz – Performing with Slides
This session enables participants to effectively harness the power of well-planned and well-deployed slides to impress, persuade and wow audiences.
In doing so, it adds a new dimension to the skills enhanced during Part 1 – Performing Without Slides.
It builds on guidance flagged up briefly during the first round on what’s required to construct effective slides – with an emphasis on utilising slides with maximised pictorial content and minimised words.
The session gives participants the guidance and opportunity to work with slides in order to enhance – rather than get in the way of – the presenter’s message.
These skills are desperately required in today’s business world where, sadly, it’s a near-universal experience to have been on the receiving end of overly-dull, overly-wordy, overly-numerous slides used ways which demotivate.
This session seeks to combat the phenomenon underpinning that modern cliché – “Death By PowerPoint” – by working with participants so they can use presentation slides to inspire and enlighten.
In doing so it further builds on the skills developed in the initial session to take participants to a new level of presentation competence, confidence and effectiveness.
As with Part 1, a video operator can be involved to show participants how their performance and their slides come across together on screen.
This enables participants to see themselves and their slides as others see them and make adjustments along the way.
A video operator would provide an individual copy of the material for each performer to further embed learning points after the session.
The workshop seeks to tackle the fundamental mistake which underpins so many horrendous slide presentations.
This widespread error is to start planning the presentation around the slides – which are so often handed over by others or re-used unthinkingly from a previous occasion without due regard to the requirements of different audiences.
Instead, the desired starting point is for participants to first determine the messages they need to convey and to consider they want their audience thinking, doing and feeling at the end of their presentation.
Participants are therefore encouraged to make decisions on slides only after they’ve established an initial plan for a specific audience.
In this way slides are selected or designed specifically in order to achieve the presenter’s desired audience outcomes.
In line with guidelines for slides foreshadowed during Part 1, some or all participants are encouraged to arrive for the session ready to perform with a newly-planned slide presentation.
These can be tried out – in whole or in part – during the session and critiqued with the notional audience in mind.
Objectives of the Session:
This offering enables participants to:
- Learn how to plan an impressive presentation involving slides
- Know what makes an effective slide – and slide sequence
- Deploy pictorially bold slides to enliven presentations
- Utilise eye contact and body language to interact effectively with both their audience and their slides
- Understand when a slide should best appear and disappear from the screen or be superseded by a subsequent slide
- Avoid the common trap of routinely looking at the screen as a memory prompt
- Build on part 1 (performing without slides) to take presentation skills to a higher level
Value and Takeaway Tools:
Participants come away:
- Knowing when in the planning phase of a presentation to consider the use of slides
- Realising what constitutes an excellent slide and what constitutes an atrocious one
- Equipped to design and utilise slides to enhance the audience experience
- Taking their presentation skills to a new high