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Presentation skills

  1. 1. Presentation Skills Kevin R. Thomas Manager, Training & Development x3542 Kevin.R.Thomas@Williams.edu
  2. 2. Agenda • Theory: Basics of Presenting • Practice: – Prep time – Presentations w/ positive feedback – Presentations w/ positive and constructive feedback
  4. 4. Basics of Presenting • What makes presenting challenging • Managing your nerves • Knowing your audience • Designing your presentation for impact • How to prepare
  5. 5. What Makes Presenting Challenging?
  6. 6. What Makes Presenting Challenging? • Mismanaged nerves • Threat of exclusion from the group • Fear of judgment • Lack of training • Lack of practice • Lack of preparation • You can manage all of these
  7. 7. Managing Your Nerves • Your nervous system will rev up • Consider it energy that can be used • If you think “I’m getting nervous”, follow that thought with “I’m getting excited.”
  8. 8. Managing Your Nerves • Self-care prior to your presentation – Avoid caffeine, alcohol, and carbonated drinks – Go to the bathroom – Eat just enough so you won’t be hungry – Have a glass of water handy • Breathing exercise • Grounding exercise • Practice “Power Posing”
  9. 9. Once You’re “On Stage” • You’re there to serve a purpose: – No Apologies – No reference to your own nerves – No questions seeking reassurance
  10. 10. The Cycle of Perfectionism Fear of failure Procrastination, Poor Preparation, “De-skilling” Self- criticism Anxiety and depression Loss of confidence Perfectionistic Demands
  11. 11. Worry Worksheet • Planning realistically for risks creates a sense of safety. • Complete the worry worksheet.
  12. 12. Preparing • Know your audience • What action/s do you want them to take as a result of your presentation? • What are the key points they will need to be persuaded of to take these actions? • Organize your material with a focus on driving home those points.
  13. 13. Rehearsing • Internally • In front of a mirror • To your family • To a single friendly colleague • To a group of friendly colleagues • Track time • Get feedback
  14. 14. PRACTICE
  15. 15. Prepare A Strengths Story • Audience: Anyone you might be networking with. • Intended impact: Audience will have a clear sense of your strengths and actively look out for opportunities in line with your career goals.
  16. 16. Prepare A Strengths Story • Set the scene • Describe the challenge • Describe the action you took • Describe the result • Sum up what strengths you used • Describe what opportunities you are looking for
  17. 17. More theory on lynda.com • Lynda.com playlist
  19. 19. Positive Feedback • Appreciation guarantee • Focus on what worked • Be specific about what the speaker did and its impact on you
  21. 21. ROUND 2: Balanced Feeback • Include at least as many appreciative comments as constructive feedback. • With constructive feedback, briefly state the specific behavior and its negative impact. • Then describe future positive behavior and its likely impact.
  22. 22. Thank You! • Program evaluation link will be emailed to you today. Kevin R. Thomas Manager, Training & Development x3542 kevin.r.thomas@williams.edu