Presenting to an audience can be a challenging experience for many people. Even for people who do it often!
Getting the right message, ensuring it is delivered with maximum impact and then understood and reacted to positively by the audience is a skill. In my 20 year career in marketing and corporate communications I presented to audiences all over the world and was interviewed live on TV and radio. After all that time and literally thousands of presentations I still get ‘butterflies’ before I have to speak publicly. The trick is to control the nerves and use them in a way that adds value to the message communication and hence benefits the audience.
The same is true when recording video and audio podcasts except you do not have an audience in front of you to interact and engage with. Some people will see having no audience as a positive but actually it isn’t. An audience can be interacted with and so provide feedback and energy as well as being able to refine the message in real time and check if it has been received. You can see that best illustrated in a comedy routine where a top entertainer can reach a different level because of the rapport and engagement achieved between them and the audience.
So how can you enhance your performance and impact and actually enjoy the experience at the same time?
We run coaching courses for people who want to excel at presenting and communicating to audiences via the internet. We run podcast and webinar presentation and communication skills training in our Southampton studios – making full use of the audio and video recording and editing suites we have available to assist with review and feedback. Whilst the coaching is targeted at audio and video over the internet the coaching is just as valuable when working with a live audience rather than a virtual one.
What will you learn?
Based upon our own experience of presenting to audiences as well as many years recording audio and video content and messages for our clients in Europe we have developed a comprehensive coaching session covering the following:
- The key elements of a successful presentation
- How to plan a presentation
- How to structure a message and use variable pace
- Preparing presentation and interview scripts
- How to evaluate and work any audience (including those you cannot see!)
- The best type of language and phrases to use to maximise impact
- How to develop rapport and empathy with any audience
- How to manage nerves to enhance performance
- The power of body language (even when the audience cannot see you)
- Posture and stance to help maximise voice projection and impact
- How to occupy a space and project yourself
- How to work with props and Powerpoint slides
The course lasts a day. Refreshments and lunch will be provided.
The course is limited to a maximum of 4 people to ensure everyone gets maximum chances to practice and review all audio and video recordings made.
Cost is £375 plus VAT for the day.
Note: This course is usually run in association with the Audio and Video Production Workshop held at our studios in Southampton. In the Workshops delegates learn how to script, record, edit and produce audio and video podcasts. The Advanced Presentation Skills coaching is aimed at helping people perfect their presentation skills in front of an live audience as well as a studio camera or microphone.