Business presentation skills, in-house training review, June 2017
Updated: Jan 18
Switzerland. Famous for banks, watches, mountains, and of course, chocolate. In the summer of 2017, I traveled to the world headquarters of Lindt & Sprügli to coach their management team on presenting with more impact.
In this group we were: 2 lawyers, a marketing expert, an executive assistant, and a "master chocolatier" (chocolate expert and company ambassador). Together we spent the day, as with all Impact seminars, identifying their existing strengths when speaking, getting feedback on how to improve, implementing those improvements, and then delivering a new and improved presentation in the afternoon session.
Here are some ways you can develop your own presentation through practice:
Don’t memorize your talk – Though this might reduce anxiety in the short-term, it can make your talk seem fake to your audience and diminish your impact. Instead, start with a basic idea of what you'd like to accomplish with your talk and what supporting information you need to give.
Have your audience in mind – As you practice, try and imagine how your audience might be feeling in that moment. Are they bored? Does it need shortening or more engagement? This way, you’ll end up including the information that is definitely relevant, rather than a long monologue of information.
Practice with a colleague – set up a meeting with a friend, co-worker, or family member. Have them give feedback on any body-language issues or aspects leaving them confused or bored. With virtual presentations, this can also give you a chance to familiarize yourself with the software and any features you wish to use.
In this course, as well as practicing and honing our presentations, we place a focus on what makes the difference between a good and great presentation
Finishing up, everyone realized that presenting can be fun, without appearing unprofessional, and everyone felt better about their upcoming presentations!
Recommendation by Fritz Stammwitz
Forget the „usual“ way of training! This intense one day seminar Eric held in our company changed my way of presenting and showed us methods which are far above "putting the right PowerPoint slides together". The video analysis of the practice achieved direct results in changing the way of presenting and behavior in front of an audience. I can gladly recommend this training and Eric as trainer
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