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3 Things You Will Only Get By Attending a Presentation Skills Workshop

Who says great presentations, ‘just happen’?  What will great presentation skills do for you?

Smiling charismatic speaker giving public presentation in conference hallAs a professional, your ability to present information is a core career skill. Giving great presentations enhances your career brand and you will be known as a great presenter who can effectively and reliably promote:

  • Your product & company to the competitive marketplace 
  • Complex ideas with simplicity and sophistication
  • Yourself, your brand & your career 


While presentation tools are getting more sophisticated, great presentations are not keeping pace. Why? Great presentations are so much more than a PowerPoint. Great presentation skills are the complete and integrated combination of delivering great, audience-friendly content with aligned and excellent delivery skills.

Here’s a good analogy. How do you learn how to play tennis? Would you ever think you can learn how to play tennis without ever getting on the court and swinging the racket? Would you ever think that you could read a book and say you can now play great tennis? Or would you ever think you could watch a few videos of some tennis matches and think you can go on the tennis court and compete. Making great persuasive presentations is just like learning to play tennis. There is so much more to the great presentation game you can only get by a presentation skills workshop. What will you learn and practice when you attend a presentation skills workshop?


1.  Understand the theory behind good presentations and more importantly, the behavioral skills to make it happen

First you have to study both the science and the art of making great presentations.  Yes, real fundamentals do exist. What makes a great presentation and what will cause a presentation to crash?  What are you going to do to plan for the killer presentation?  What will you avoid?


2.  Construct a great visual presentation  

There are fundamentals you must understand to create a great visual billboard that complements and enhances the impact value of your presentation. There are also pitfalls you must always avoid.


3.  Understand & practice the behavioral side of presentations – the physical skills – recording and playback required

This is where your presentation comes alive, or not! Managing the energy (or lack of energy) behind your body language/gestures and your vocal energy is the physical skills part of presentation skills. This is the practice training you can’t get by reading a book or watching videos. This is where all the planning comes alive!  Here is where you find your personal style and figure out how to use your style to its best advantage.  This is where presentation skills training becomes personal. It’s where you become confident that your presentation and your skills deliver your high-impact message completely and on the mark. 

In our blog series on presentation skills, we focus on the elements of great presentations and provide a framework to follow that allows you to control your message so it creates the intended impact at the highest possible level.  Just click here to read all of our presentation skills blogs.

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Topics: Presentation Skils

Posted by Joanne Flynn

Joanne Flynn

Joanne T. Flynn heads up the human capital advisory group, Phoenix Strategic Performance, Inc. Previously, she was a Managing Director with Phoenix Group International and was Vice President / Director of Global Learning and Development at Goldman, Sachs for nine years. Joanne works with organizations as they face global growth and competitive challenges. She works with her clients to be both externally focused and internally responsive. With her unique background, she aligns competitive strategic efforts with related internal organizational leadership challenges. With the benefit of her career-long focus, Joanne contributes the unique insight of aligning strategy to internal organizational structure and process. She focuses on human capital relative to strategic initiatives, accelerated business growth, value creation, and business development. Joanne holds a Master of Arts degree in Business Management from the University of Oklahoma. In addition, she holds a double degree major in History and German from St. Elizabeth University, as well as certificates from a variety of leading universities and professional training and development organizations. Joanne has recently published her latest book, Accelerating Business Success, The Human Asset Management Strategy.

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