Browse Month: February 2016

Developing confidence for a presentation

confidence presentationConfidence is important to present effectively. Would you feel confident if someone said: “And now we’re going to have a short presentation from (YOU) about the latest project,” and everyone looks at you as you stand up and move to the front of the room? The good news is that you don’t have to be a ‘natural’ to give a good presentation. Effective preparation will give you the confidence to do a good job. So what is effective preparation?

If you are new to presenting, a good strategy is to get used to talking out loud by practising with a number of short 60 second presentations. The reason for this is that you can easily hold the whole amount of content in your head, and see how a small amount of simple information can turn into a presentation.

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How to plan a 10 minute presentation

presentationGiving a short presentation is a fairly typical thing to do in most organisations, so being able to quickly create a presentation and confidently present to a small audience is a really useful skill. You do not need to be ‘a natural’ you just need to prepare in a simple and structured way.  I have used this method with a number of groups, and it should give you a good start into finding what style suits you best.

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Four ingredients of a learning programme

Designing and implementing a learning programme is part of every large organisation’s activity. Having worked in education and then moving to the commercial world, I  notice some difference in the way learning programmes are approached.

learningGenerally in commercial organisations, a new method of working is broken down into a procedure, and then this is presented as stage by stage behaviours to learn, maybe with exercises to embed each stage. This sounds fine, but as budgets and resources vary, even within the same organisation, results can be inconsistent. By creating a basic scheme for all learning you should be able to achieve some consistency even if available resources are unevenly distributed, and not have to go to ‘square one’ for each initiative.

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