Presentation & Public Speaking

A good presentation will always have more impact then a good report simply because we have the active presence of the speaker rather than the invisible presence of the writer. A good presentation, therefore, is far more memorable than a good report.

Unfortunately, the same goes for a bad presentation. They too can live long in the memory. What's worse is that good information presented badly is not only memorable for the poor delivery but also totally ineffective in relaying the content.

Effective presentation skills are not merely helpful, they are an essential tool for successful business.

There is a lot of information and advice available on how to achieve and give good presentations - from preparation, content and structure to the actual delivery. You can read all about how important these skills are, but how do you actually go about acquiring them?

The Voice is key to successful presentations. It is not just what you say but the way that you say it. Vocal skills such as articulation, diction, resonance, pitch, intonation and tone of voice are needed. Beyond the merely technical, your use of gesture and body language are also vitally important. If I m saying one thing but my body is obviously saying something else then I risk not only confusing my audience but also alienating them - as this is a "key" give away when we are being lied to. Speakers may have to field questions, sometimes difficult questions, and they need to be responsive, open and spontaneous in their replies. On top of all of this speakers have to be able to engage with an audience, have energy and vitality and look relaxed and free of nerves.

Giving a presentation can be a daunting task, and knowing what you should do and being able to achieve it are two very different things. What many trainers and advisors lack are the practical skills and tools to enable presenters to deal with these difficult areas, they are often very au fait with the end product, they know where the difficulties lie, but they do not have the technical knowledge or ability to enable presenters to improve.

Actor Training:

Actor Training works with the whole being - body, voice and mind. Actors are part of a storytelling machine, they tell the stories of our lives and experiences, from the profound to the purely entertaining. At its best it can be exhilarating, moving and life affirming. A multi-billion pound industry is testament to our need to engage and share in these stories through Theatre, Television and Cinema.

Actors need to be able to be believable and truthful, they need to be able to communicate effectively and simply, and they need to seem spontaneous and relaxed in front of a live audience. They need to do all of this without 'seeming' to be acting. The only "tool" they have is themselves - body, voice and mind.

Actor Training brings hundreds of years of experience and a multitude of practitioner's skills and knowledge together in an area that concentrates solely on the development of the body, voice and mind for performance. As an Acting Coach, I can utilise this training and present practical workshops and training sessions that deal specifically with the 'issues' that surround, and the tools needed to master, delivering; presentations; and public speaking.

What the workshops can teach you:
  • How to relax and prepare physically and mentally for a presentation.
  • How to deal with your nerves.
  • How to find and develop your voice - breath support, articulation, projection.
  • How to work comfortably within the space and use the space effectively.
  • How to develop and work with your physicality - gesture, body language.
  • How to develop a sense of play and fun and embrace and use spontaneity.
  • How to develop a sense of ease whilst being observed.
  • How to connect effectively with the text (words, speech) and be clear and engaging.
  • How to connect truthfully and in an engaging way with your audience.
  • How to develop 'stage presence' and use appropriate energy for the space.
  • How to develop your own style and bring out the best in yourself as a presenter.
  • How to identify and eliminate bad habits and weak communication skills.
  • How to feel the 'fear' but be confident of your skills, tools and preparation so as to embrace and enjoy presenting to a group.
These are practical and active sessions that should take place in a rehearsal studio and/or presentation space. Participants will be engaged in a range of practical activities which will enable and equip them with tangible skills and then allow them to practice and test these skills under performance conditions.These are highly collaborative sessions and will enhance group bonding, team building and creative collaboration.Sessions are both informative and lots of fun and usually very unlike most corporate training events.

Participants will be given simple and memorable relaxation and warm up routines and exercises that they can use on a daily basis. Participants will each be given comprehensive handouts of the workshop content.