Presentation Training

presentation trainingPresentation Training 

This popular Presentation Training Course is designed for participants who want to make natural and informative presentations to groups of people regardless of size. By the end of our Presentation Training course delegates will: Learn the importance of planning a structure of a presentation, Know how to communicate to different audience needs, Develop techniques to reduce stress and fear of presenting, Learn how to develop powerful body language.

This is a very practical hands on course. In fact, once people have attended a Protrain Presentation Training course, they will use the techniques they have learnt automatically again and again, as they work so well.

"Protrain are true professionals who build the training you need for your company around your team – this is what they have done on a number of occasions for our team of recruiters. Placing a fine balance between theory, role playing and case presentations the trainer engaged the team in a way that made learning effective and fun. Best feedback we’ve gotten for an external trainer in our 16 years in business".

Cora Barnes MD, Three Q PERMS & TEMPS

Presentation Training  Course Content

  • Making Your Mark as a Speaker in Today’s Business Environment
  • The Role of Business Presentations
  • Current Trends and Pressures
  • The Importance of Preparation
  • Preparing & Delivering Effective Presentations
  • What is Your Objective?
  • Relating to Your Audience
  • Organising Your Presentation
  • Building the Body of your Presentation
  • Layout of Your Notes
  • Introductions & Endings
  • Connecting With Your Audience
  • Discussion Document: How to Improve Your Presentation Skills
  • Understanding How Listeners listen
  • Listening Skills
  • Avoiding Breakdowns in Communication
  • Communication Skills
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • The Key Delivery Skills
  • Pace, Pitch and Tone
  • Physical Arrangements – Know Your Environment
  • Communicating With Confidence
  • Exercise: Getting Your Message Across
  • The Power of Persuasion/Influencing Skills
  • Using Your Voice
  • Using Pauses
  • Positive Body Language
  • Different Styles of Delivery
  • Show Enthusiasm
  • Eye Contact
  • Getting The Language Right
  • Stylistic Devices, and How to Use Them
  • The Importance of Language register
  • Making A Presentation to a Meeting
  • A Model for Getting Your Point Across – briefly and effectively
  • Team Presentations
  • Video & Discussion
  • Dealing With Questions
  • Handling Questions
  • Exercise: Questioning Skills
  • Recognising Different Types of Questions, and How To Answer Them
  • Answering “Difficult” and Hostile Questions
  • Exercise: Types of Behaviour
  • Making the Most of Visual Aids
  • Exercise: Visual Aids
  • Using Visual Aids
  • Deciding on What Kind of Visuals to Use
  • Integrating Text and Pictures
  • Common Problems with Visuals
  • Formal Presentations
  • Discussion Document: Presentation Skills for Emergent Managers
  • The Presentation Situation
  • Finding the Right Approach
  • Ways of Organising Material

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Here are eight presentation body language mistakes that you should avoid that include your movement, posture and facial expression:

  1.  Movements of the hands

One of the common mistakes among presenters is certainly the movements of the hands. Hiding your hands, clasping them, or fidgeting with them displays your nervousness, and might give your audience the sense that you do not believe in what you’re saying. Keeping your hands in pockets is also a meek gesture that indicates that you are afraid, unsure, or not interested in the presentation. Some of your audience members might find it rude towards them. Remember, if you don’t look confident in you are presentation –the audience will not remain attentive.

Instead – Try keeping your arms in front in an open manner.  Use your hands to explain your point of view through calculated, concise movement.

  1.  Crossed arms

Crossing your arms might also give the impression to your audience that you are unenthusiastic about your presentation or information, or that something is incorrect. It’s a defensive posture that will signal defensiveness and resistance and create a distance between you and your audience.

Instead – Keep your arms open, and at a certain distance from your body, almost like you are giving a big bear hug.  This open gesture is engaging and welcomed, it will give a message of peace and confidence to the audience.

  1.  Avoiding Eye Contact

Avoiding audience eye contact and looking at the watch, at your feet, or constantly looking at the screen or your presentation will look facetious and unprofessional.

Instead – Always consider to make an eye contact with audience when making a point. You can even make it short but don’t be too quick, stay truthful when eye contact.  Quickly moving your head during presentation will portray that you are personally interested and passionate in that individuals.

  1. Bad Posture

Posture is one of the most important attributes within body language during delivering a presentation.  If you are drooping your back and shoulders and your neck limping, it will defiantly convey a weak message and your audience might start thinking about your professionalism.

Instead – aim for a neutral position, sitting or standing tall like a string is connecting your head to the ceiling.

  1. Bad body movement

Walking back and forth and moving your arms and legs quickly will give an odd feeling.

Instead – If you do need to move, it should have a purpose.  It is also important to not stay in one place, so moving throughout the entire crowd can send a positive message.

  1. Legs movement

During a presentation, naturally the legs can be the toughest to control while trying to concentrate on presenting and conveying your message.  Jiggling your legs and constantly settling your standing position will signal the audience that you’re uncomfortable and restless.

Instead – While presentation stand confidently, make controlled movements towards the audience.  Where you move while presenting, make the audience feel that you have practiced these movements before – make them believe you are a seasoned expert.

  1. Forget to Smile

 Your face is most important aspect in making a good first impression.  Unless you are delivering some bad news, it is suitable for you to smile, even in a business meeting.

Instead –Begin your presentation with a smile, in result your audience will receive your message more willingly.  Try to keep smiling during your presentation, particularly when you want to make people laugh.  People will respond to a smile by smiling back.  Interaction is key for a remarkable presentation.

  1. Inappropriate use of hand gestures

Moving your hands during your presentation supports every word with more powerful meaning.  Whenever you want to make an important point, emphasize your words with hand gestures.  Your audience will remember the fact or a piece of information better when you attach it to a movement or specific action.

Try to remember all of these mistakes and tips to overcome them and the next time you present – whether it is in a conference room or in your everyday life – and see how your audience reacts to this!


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