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Lorraine Yates’ Success Story after Presentation Skills Training

Lorraine is the General Manager of the multi award-winning boat maintenance precinct White Bay 6 Marine Park and Sydney Harbour Boat Storage based in the heart of beautiful Sydney Harbour.  She is a Director of the Marina Industries Association and Councillor for NSW Boating Industry Association. After Lorraine’s presentation in our Persuasive Presentation Skills Masterclass the other 9 delegates referred to Lorraine as a credible, expert, professional, articulate, genuine, sophisticated, persuasive, memorable, brilliant, eloquent and impressive presenter! 


Here's what Lorraine said after attending Michelle's training

"Immediately applicable. I loved the complete immersion, energetic presenter, and many tools provided to stay on track. I will use the structure, tools, and follow up opportunities. Thank you so much Michelle, I had a wonderful time and have so many tools to take away, to maintain my focus on these valuable skills.”
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Lorraine Yates
General Manager, White Bay 6 Marine Park
Presentation skills training Sydney with Michelle Bowden presentation skills trainer March 2024

What kind of presenting do you do at work? 

Day to day includes staff briefings, customer and stakeholder information sessions, contract negotiations, industry panel discussions and presentations, board meetings.

What prompted you to study with Michelle? 

I was tasked with chairing a panel of experts at our international industry conference. It was so important to me as a presenter that I hit all the key notes – that it was beautifully planned, I could drive the panel professionally, I could reach and engage the audience and leave them with memorable ideas.

I had done my research with various presentation skills trainers. I found instant rapport with Michelle from the first phone conversation as she so generously shared presentation tips and encouragement from that moment.

How did Michelle’s teaching change your attitude to presenting in business? 

I have a great confidence that I had been missing.  It’s now a fun part of the job. This confidence is supported by the winning presentation structure that Michelle devised and the expert practical steps she taught to perfecting each element of a presentation.   There is a lot of work to be done behind a great presentation and now I have skills to deliver a great and very polished presentation.

In general, what positive outcomes have you achieved from improving your presentation skills? 

I’ve had consistently great feedback on presentations since the masterclass which has followed with invitations to contribute to other forums as well as publications. It enhances my own profile as well as our business reputation.

In what specific ways have your presentation skills improved since learning with Michelle?  

I have a beautifully structured plan that flows and makes sense.

I’m very conscious of assuming a confident physical presence, of taking up a positive amount of space at the front of the room; using strong gestures; projecting my voice well and using a self-assured and natural pause.

I’m so comfortable with making great eye contact throughout the audience.

Fielding questions – its actually easy when you know how.

I’ve learned to relax and truly enjoy presenting since Michelle’s masterclass.

What were your top three take-aways from Michelle’s masterclass? 

Can I have four 😊?

– Know your audience so you can pitch well;

– Have a well-structured plan that takes the audience on a journey;

– Rehearse, rehearse, rehearse. Really know your presentation.  You’ll give the best first impression, and you’re in a top position to improvise as you need to.

– Warm up – you become so comfortable hearing yourself you’re absolutely ready to take the stage. Have fun!

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Ventia team members in Michelle Bowden's Presentation Skills Training 2024
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©2024 MICHELLE BOWDEN is an authority on persuasive presenting in business. She’s run her Persuasive Presentation Skills Masterclass over 1000 times for more than 13,000 people over the past 25 years and her name is a synonym for ‘presentation skills’ in Australia. 

Michelle is a multi-million-dollar pitch coach to her client list that reads like a who’s who of international business: banking and finance, IT, pharmaceutical, retail, telecommunications plus many more.

Michelle is the creator of the Persuasion Smart Profile®, a world-first psychological assessment tool that reports on your persuasive strengths and weaknesses at work, the best-selling internationally published author of How to Present: the ultimate guide to presenting live and online (Wiley) and How to Persuade: the skills you need to get what you want (Wiley). Visit www.michellebowden.com.au

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