We have identified the 6 core elements of outstanding presentations and you will be trained in each area:
How to use your voice with impact and passion
How to develop your posture, to stand with confidence and charisma, to engage your audience and win their attention
How to use your body to its full potential with gestures and movements that excite and persuade
How to structure a presentation that grabs attention and creates an emotional connection
How to work with visual aids that inspire, intrigue and delight
How to use rhetoric and sentence structures that influence your listeners
Using extensive video recording, rehearsals and problem analysis, you will be taught exercises and techniques to give you all the skills you need to be an outstanding speaker.
Our voice is the most important instrument of communication. Used effectively it conveys confidence and the complete spectrum of human emotion. Our trainers are actors and voice coaches who have been formally trained in leading drama schools and by world leading authorities in the field of voice. We provide very accessible and simple techniques to short-cut the long learning cycle for managing the voice.
Posture is a key element of body language. As well as a means of projecting confidence or other emotion, posture is fundamental to correct breathing technique and hence proper voice control. Our actor trainers are expert in postural techniques. We have evolved simple physical exercises that can help you quickly achieve balanced posture.
Gestures, including movement, are our bodies' way of punctuating what we are saying or thinking. Very often, nerves will inhibit our gestures and our audiences think we look 'wooden' or 'stilted'. By combining video feedback, diagnosis from our actors, and exercises, we can both raise your awareness, and with practice, overcome any problems you may have.
The structure of a presentation or communication has a fundamental bearing on whether the message is understood by the audience. Failure to follow a consistent and logical structure confuses the audience and loses their attention. We are experts at analysing the structure and helping the candidate simplify and clarify the message. Our trainers have vast business and technical experience, while the actors are a good sounding board for the likely comprehension by the audience. We have developed very powerful templates which you can use for various types of communications.
These are vitally important in presentations and meetings to illustrate and explain complex ideas. While we discourage the use of tedious Powerpoint templates populated by bullet points and pointless clip art, we encourage the use of meaningful charts, graphs, photographs, images, movies, sound bytes. We are experts in use of all types of visual aids, and we expose techniques for slick interaction with PC, pointers, artefacts etc. Our candidates explore alternatives to complement the all-purpose pc projector, such as flip charts, posters, hand-outs, props and more. We are experts in creating and using simple and clear visual aids.
Rhetoric is defined as "the art or technique of speaking or writing persuasively"...."the study of writing or speaking as a means of communication or persuasion"..."the effective use of speech". The keywords in this definition are 'effective' and 'persuasion': these are right at the heart of what we strive for in presentation and communication. Rhetoric is a very rich and complex subject, and the ancient Greeks and Romans studied it in depth, often taking 6 or more years. We have distilled the 5 most effective forms which can most easily be used in everyday presentations and communications.