04 Apr Success Stories: Justin Tamsett, Director, Active Management

Justin-TamsettWhat prompted you to attend Michelle’s Persuasive Presentation Skills Masterclass?

To be honest, I had been referred to attend Michelle’s program, so I was going to do it. I actually bought the program at an auction which meant I stopped procrastinating! I really love learning and hoped this course would sharpen my presentation format and refine my delivery skills.

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

I wouldn’t say it changed my attitude. It reinforced to me that I am lucky enough to have a skill set and confidence that many people are not lucky enough to possess. The program built my confidence that the messages I want to get to everyone are relevant and important.

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

After Michelle’s presentation I have refined my skills – still a diamond in the rough just a little shinier! I am now more confident that I can impact people’s lives and businesses through my presentation skills and Michelle’s help to help with story telling. I am eternally grateful for this boost in confidence. It was the ‘kick in the butt’ I needed! Since attending Michelle’s program I have gone on to speak in the US, India, China, Russia, England and New Zealand and across multiple business categories.

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

1. The skill of Storyboarding was a very powerful insight for me. In the past I just created my slides and then wrote my presentation from that. Storyboarding has changed my whole approach and I love this new way to prepare!

2. I am trying to take ‘but’ out of what I say and what I write. I recognise this little word has the power to negate what I’ve just said. Such a small thing has had a profound impact on me!

3. Finally, I have really worked on my hands during my presentation. I use them for emphasis and to help engage with the audience. I let my gestures reinforce key messages and I’m better at putting them back down by my side when I don’t have any useful gesture for them.