Step 1 – Pre Reading
Delegates are encouraged to aclimatise themselves by delving into the blog on this website. It is recommended that 6-12 articles are read prior to attending the initial 2 day course. They can also access Paul’s Quirky Presentation Tips here
Step 2 – The Course
Maximum 12 delegates accommodated. Methodology includes lecture, interactive Q&A, video learning and practical. The practical element is preparation and planning of presentations, then delivery which is recorded with playback, followed by evaluation and feedback.
Delegates receive a beautiful course manual on commencement of the 2-day course. They also receive double-sided pocket cards containing the key concepts and learning points of the course, a certificate of attendance and a copy of the internationally published hard cover book “You Can Present With confidence” for post course reading.
The initial course is 2 days and divided into 4 sections with a 5th section containing pre-work notes for an optional day 3. The outline is as follows:
- Planning and research
- Managing time
- Basic requirements – presenter and audience
- Presentation structure
- Handling questions – Introduction to TRACT
- Getting started
- Combating nerves (the five greatest fears)
- Using cue cards
- Relaxation and calming methods
- Balancing enthusiasm and sincerity
- Eye contact
- Body Language
- Establish your right to address the audience
- Introducing a speaker
- The purpose of visuals & technology
- Use of equipment
- Visual aids
- Important rules about visuals
- Avoiding common slide show pitfalls
- Preparation of visuals (slides)
- Use of a mouse
- Hot keys for PowerPoint/Keynote presentations
- Flip charts
- Pre-work instructions for optional day 3. There is also an optional formal assessment option available (see Step 4).
Step 3 – The Book
Delegates receive a copy of the internationally published book “You Can Present With Confidence” and are encouraged to read the entire book, one chapter per day within 15 days of attending the initial course. Notes should be made in the margins, and use made of the “key lessons” summary at the end of each chapter.
Step 4 – The Follow Up (Day 3)
There are three follow up options:
- Day 3 follow up (up to 8 delegates) involves a third purely practical day. Delegates follow the instructions in Section 5 of their manuals and deliver an 8 minute presentation to an audience (their fellow delegates) which will be evaluated with feedback. This process is recommended 3-6 months after the initial course.
- Assessment (formal). 5-8 delegates. Practical following a similar format to the above, except that evaluation will be against a registered SAQA unit standard (RSA)
- Private Coaching. Designed for key personnel, one-on-one private coaching is usually in 90 minute sessions aimed at identifying and correcting presentation flaws rapidly and fixing them, whilst boosting confidence.