|1530||Presenting specialist material: preparing a proposal to a client. What are we hoping to achieve? How much detail should we give? What is the capacity of our audience? Organisation and structuring of material; logical order; how to create interest and how to plan for an introduction with this in mind and a conclusion which has impact.|
How to plan to speak to a time-limit - and how to keep to it.
The choice, preparation and the use of visual aids. Guidelines for choosing imaginative visuals which really do create interest and aid memory. How to introduce tables, charts and financial data. Hints on the use of PowerPoint flipcharts, screens and the dangers of the visual aids overtaking the presentation!
Chairing meetings/audience handling skills: how to keep control and how a purpose oriented agenda can help.
Hostile and disruptive audiences. Preparing for and dealing with the 'killer question'. Responding to detailed/complex or multiple questions.
How to deal with interruptions and how to react when something unexpectedly goes wrong - ranging from the fire-alarm test going off in the middle of a talk to the collapsible easel doing just that as soon as the speaker touches it! The use of humour, and the dangers of telling jokes. How to use quotations. The dangers of reading anything to an audience.
|1615||Advice on how to choose a topic for a 10-15 minute work-related presentation. Participants work out the details for this longer presentation and prepare visual aids (if they wish to). During this period the course director will watch the video recordings made earlier with some of the participants individually and answer any further questions that may arise.|
|1715||End of first day|
Overnight preparation: finish preparing 10-15 minute presentations