CBA team members excelling in presentation skills training with Michelle Bowden presentation skills trainer in March 2023

Mastering Presentation Skills: A Guide for Business Professionals

Do you ever find yourself with a knot in your stomach before a big presentation?

You’re not alone.

Our research has found that 80%of people admit to some form of fear or anxiety over presenting in public at some point in their life.

It’s part of life!

This photo is Lydia Wan from the Commonwealth Bank receiving a standing ovation in my Persuasive Presentation Skills Masterclass

 

Look at the joy on her face! 

 

When you know what to do to be an engaging, impressive, compelling presenter it’s not actually not that hard to perform brilliantly! 

CBA team members excelling in presentation skills training with Michelle Bowden presentation skills trainer in March 2023

Whether you’re speaking to a small team or addressing a packed conference audience, mastering presentation skills is essential for success in today’s competitive business world. Lydia knows this, that’s why she attended some training with me.

What are some of the top concerns that businesspeople have when it comes to presentation skills?

You may be able to relate to some of these concerns:

1. Engagement: One of the biggest challenges is keeping the audience engaged from start to finish. A presentation that fails to captivate the audience is unlikely to achieve its objectives.

2. Clarity: Communicating ideas clearly and concisely is crucial. Confusing or convoluted messages can lead to misunderstandings and undermine the effectiveness of the presentation.

3. Impact: Every presenter wants their message to leave a lasting impression. Whether it’s inspiring action or sparking a change in perspective, making an impact is key to a successful presentation.

4. Confidence: Confidence is a game-changer. A confident presenter exudes credibility and authority, which can significantly enhance the audience’s perception of the message being delivered.

5. Adaptability: No matter how well-prepared you are, unexpected situations can arise during a presentation. Being able to adapt on the fly and respond to audience reactions or technical glitches is essential for maintaining control and effectiveness.

6. Visual Design: Visual aids, such as slides or handouts, can enhance the presentation by providing visual reinforcement of key points. Poorly designed visuals can be distracting or confusing, so it’s important to strike the right balance.

7. Time Management: Respect for the audience’s time is paramount. Keeping the presentation within the allotted time frame shows professionalism and helps maintain focus and attention.

As Lydia and her colleagues in the photo learnt (in only two days), all this is fixable!  When you attend the right training you should learn all you need to know and be able to rise up and standout for all the right reasons at work! 

How can you start the journey?

Addressing these concerns head-on can significantly improve the effectiveness of your business presentations. Whether you’re a seasoned presenter looking to refine your skills or a novice eager to learn the ropes, there are plenty of resources available to help you hone your presentation skills.

1. Watch TED Talks or Other Inspiring Presentations: Take some time to watch TED Talks or other high-quality presentations online. Pay attention to how the speakers engage the audience, structure their talks, and use visuals to enhance their message. Make note of what resonates with you and consider how you can incorporate similar techniques into your own presentations.

 

2. Attend training with a true expert: Not all presentation skills trainers were created equal! Yes, I know, I’m biased! Overall, selecting the right presentation skills trainer can make a significant difference in your journey toward overcoming nervousness and becoming a confident and effective presenter. Take the time to research and choose a trainer who aligns with your goals, values, and learning preferences, and you’ll be well on your way to mastering the art of public speaking.

 

3. Seek Feedback from a Trusted Colleague or Mentor: Share your presentation with a trusted colleague, mentor, or friend and ask for their honest feedback. Encourage them to pay attention to areas such as clarity, audience-focus & engagement, and overall impact. Take their feedback constructively and use it to identify areas for improvement. Remember, constructive criticism is essential for growth, so don’t be afraid to ask for feedback (from the right people) and be open to making adjustments based on the input you receive.

You can do it!

From workshops and training sessions to online courses and coaching programs, there are countless opportunities to develop and improve your presentation skills. By investing time and effort into mastering these skills, you’ll be better equipped to communicate with clarity, confidence, and impact, setting yourself apart as a dynamic and effective presenter in the business world.

You can see that by taking these small yet meaningful steps, you can begin your journey toward becoming a more confident and effective presenter. Remember, improvement takes time and practice, so be patient with yourself and celebrate your progress along the way!

Happy presenting! 

Woolies FM team members participating in presentation skills training Brisbane with Michelle Bowden in 2022

Would you like to participate in our presentation skills training course?

We have a 25-year proven track record in developing people’s business presentation, public speaking and pitching skills. We will help YOU stand out for all the right reasons! Master the art of public speaking and persuasive presenting in business with our life-changing public speaking training in Sydney LIVE and ONLINE via Zoom. One presentation skills training course once is all you need. Become a more confident, engaging and persuasive business presenter & stay true to your natural style! We promise no hand holding, crying or videoing!

©2024 MICHELLE BOWDEN is an authority on persuasive presenting in business. She’s run her Persuasive Presentation Skills Masterclass over 995 times for more than 13,000 people over the past 25 years and her name is a synonym for ‘presentation skills’ in Australia. She’s 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 her new book is called How to Persuade: the skills you need to get what you want (Wiley)3

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