Class review - open-enrollment, Washington DC, October 2018
Updated: May 22
The Impact Presenting open-enrollment Washington DC public speaking class in October 2018 almost got cancelled because of Hurricane Michael. But the 8 participants who braved the weather to show up were rewarded with an amazing class.
What made this particular class unique were the number of attendees working for government and military agencies, non-profit , and foreign investment and trade organizations. In Washington DC, this kind of group is to be expected. Working for structured and formal organizations people are required, because of organizational rules, to use PowerPoint a very specific way.
And as is the case with most organizations with these requirements, people spent way too much time preparing their talk by preparing their slides according to strict rules but nothing else in the way of preparation. This led, as was to be expected, to talks being being one-dimensional.
Since we can't change the organizational rules, we focused on what participants could do to improve their talks without getting in trouble with their respective audiences, bosses, or organizations.
We focused on not only how to make their slides better (working within the guidelines of their respective corporate ID) but more importantly, the technique of how to begin your presentation without slides (i.e. that title slide on the wall behind you) as well as how to put the slides away time to time for a short period and tell a story, do a demo, or use other presentation techniques to make their talk more interesting.
We also practiced our storytelling, short examples of our data in a real-life situation. Here is a short clip from our storytelling warm-up, first getting comfortable telling a partner our short story, before telling it to the group
Overall everyone learned and practiced speaking techniques which make the overall presentation more interesting, but without breaking their internal rules.
One key take-away, as with most Impact Presenting workshops, is that PowerPoint is just a tool. As an analogy, it is like the trombone or snare drum or cymbals in an orchestra. It adds impact to the whole performance, but is not very appealing on its own.
The hurricane went away, and everyone finished up a 2 day class with a new sense of showmanship, bringing even the most mundane talk to life.
Join us next time! We are in the USA 2 times a year. Check our main page for class dates, book a private lesson (in person or virtually) or get in touch for more info!