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Presentation skills training

Presentation Skills Training

Presentation Skills Training In South Africa

Presentation skills training is a sought after set of skills for executives, managers and sales professionals.

Are you frustrated with the level of your presenting skills and with your inability to get your point across properly? Are you tired of being too shy to speak in front of an audience? Are you missing opportunities to brand yourself because you don’t take every available opportunity to speak?

We solve this.

We have access to presentation skills training from an number of subject-matter experts.

We also share presentation skills tips on our resources page.

Presentation Skills Training Courses

Our presentation training courses help delegates to present to both big and small audiences. The courses help delegates adapt to different presentation situations including:

  • Formal presentations
  • Keynote presentations
  • Meetings
  • Sales meetings
  • Sales presentations
  • Staff meetings
  • Negotiations
  • Team presentations
  • Client presentations
  • Masters of ceremony
  • Debating
  • Getting your point across
  • Toasts
  • Weddings
  • Eulogies

Our presentation skills presenters typically facilitate 2-day presentation courses. The objective is to help you plan, structure and deliver a brilliant presentation and to become a skilled presenter.

All courses are interactive.

Delegates are filmed doing their “before” speech and then their “after” speech. They’ll definitely see an improvement in their presentation skills after two days of intensive training.

Presentation skills training courses typically only cater for small groups of between 10 to 12. This gives everyone an opportunity to practices their speaking skills. If there are too many delegates on a course, it becomes too cumbersome and rushed.

Presentation skills training programmes should address a number of factors

To become a successful presenter so that you can deliver exceptional presentations you need the following:

  • Self-confidence
  • Overcome your fear of speaking
  • Have a clear objective as to what you want to achieve with your presentation
  • An effective presentation structure
  • Body language skills
  • Voice projection
  • How to use PowerPoint and Keynote presentation tools effectively
  • How to build rapport with your audience
  • How to get your audience to take action after your presentation
  • How to handle question and answer sessions effectively
  • How do design a compelling slide deck
  • How to present without using presentation aids (like Microsoft PowerPoint and Apple Keynote)
  • How to speak off-the-cuff (impromptu)
  • How to use a microphone properly
  • How to deal with presentation logistics (room set up, sound set up, seating, lighting and the like)

How to choose a presentation skills trainingcourse

There are many presenters and presentation skills courses. In South Africa alone here are some trainers/courses that come to mind:

  • Adolf Kaestner
  • Dale Carnegie Training
  • Douglas Kruger
  • Juliette Jenner (Dynamic Voice)
  • Maurice Kerrigan
  • Richard Riche (One Clear Message)
  • Paul du Toit (Congruence Training)
  • The Voice Clinic
  • Toastmasters (public speaking organisation)

All these trainers and organisations will do an excellent job.

Look for some kind of credibility:

  • How many years have they been in business
  • Have they written a book on presentations skills
  • How many delegates have they had through their classrooms
  • How many courses have they presented
  • Are the trainers, professional speakers in their own right
  • Testimonials from happy clients (Try and phone delegates because most websites have positive testimonials for marketing purposes)

Make sure that you know what your own presentation skills objectives are:

  • Do you want to improve your voice and stage presence? Then you probably need a voice coach.
  • Do you want to improve your overall presentation skills? Then a general two-day presentation skills course is probably what you need.
  • Are you already a skilled presenter, but want to up your speaking game? A one-on-one speaking coach is the way to go.
  • Do you want to improve your body language and express yourself more. A speaking or drama coach could help you in this instance.

So, it’s really horses for courses. Be clear on your presentation skills objectives and choose your solution accordingly.

I’m already a professional speaker

If you already have some stage time and want to improve your speaking skills, then you do need to consider some kind of presentation skills training. Top professional speakers pretty much all go on presentation training and hire a speaker coach.

Sometimes to get your signature keynote to shine you just need tweaks and not the whole works:

  • Perhaps your slide presentation needs to be revamped to give you that extra pizzaz. Here you need a presentation designer.
  • Perhaps your voice needs improvement. Then you need a voice coach.
  • Perhaps your speech needs fine-tuning. Then you need a speech writer.

The bottom line is that you never stop learning. So, if professional speaking and training is your game, you’d better be on top of your game. You definitely want to add some kind of presentation skills training to your skill set.

I don’t want to be a professional speaker but do want to practice public speaking

If this is the case, then you’ll definitely want to go to Toastmasters.

Here you get to practice your speaking skills and learn how to:

  • Introduce yourself
  • Speak in public
  • Build self confidence
  • Develop dynamic body language
  • Use your body to great effect
  • Use your voice – pitch, tone, loudness and vocal variety
  • Craft effective seven minute speeches
  • How to be able to speak impromptu (off-the-cuff)
  • Listen effectively
  • Give and get feedback

Even though I’ve been a professional speaker for close on 20 years, I still attend Toastmasters. It helps me practice my new keynotes and sharpens my speaking skills. Jacques de Villiers, professional speaker and author, South Africa

If you want to become an effective presenter, do consider going on some kind of presentation skills training or another.