22 Sep Success Story – Chantal Brodrick

Chantal Brodrick – Principle Business Coach, Active Management

Chantal is a passionate promoter of healthy, active and happy living.  With a corporate background in sales and marketing, and a qualified personal trainer and group fitness instructor, Chantal works with fitness professionals as a coach and educator.  www.chantalbrodrick.com

 

What kind of presenting do you do at work?

Currently I present across a range of areas.

I deliver business-based presentations to students who are in the process of transitioning from study, to working in the fitness industry.

As a group fitness instructor, I deliver classes each week to an audience ranging from 20 – 60 people, I often get questions on how to Get shredded from plenty of the students.

And apart from fitness, I regularly present in a number of professional speaking roles working as an MC, Online Presenter and Voice Over Artist.

 

What prompted you to attend Michelle’s Persuasive Presentation Skills Masterclass?  

I was introduced to the Masterclass by a colleague. After completing Michelle’s Persuasive Presentation Skills Masterclass himself, he suggested I would equally enjoy it – and I did!  I loved it! I have done advanced presentation skills training in the past, but none of my previous facilitators had the level of experience that Michelle was able to share.

 

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

I love presenting, so I didn’t need convincing of the importance of it as a part of my skill set.  What it reinforced, however, was the importance of preparation, especially when it comes to presentation structure and delivery. The analysis and design phases are where you can achieve great success as a presenter.

 

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

Working to Dr. Bernice McCarthy’s very structured 4Mat design has made me feel more confident about the way in which I deliver my presentation content.

Following the course I restructured some of my old presentations and by following Michelle’s tips I was able to create a much simpler, yet more effective presentation.

 

In what specific ways have your presentation skills improved since completing Michelle’s training?  

Since completing the course I have re-evaluated my presentation preparation.  It was one of the most beneficial and fundamental lessons I took away from the course – the importance of being prepared.  Having my presentations finished 3 weeks in advance allows me to feel in control, prepared and well practiced.

Another key area I have focused on is building rapport with my audiences through visual connection and body language.  I regularly MC an event aimed at women which touches on personal health and lifestyle topics, and this has been particularly effective skill to implement in those sessions.

 

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

  1. My first take away was not content-driven or structural – it was physical! Michelle taught us how to “calm the butterflies” (or rather, contain the excitement!), which I used with great success the week after my course, and have used in every presentation since!
  1. I re-visited the ‘why’ part of my presentations and as a result have changed the opening structure of most of my formal presentations so they now follow Michelle’s design steps.
  1. I came to the harsh realization that I was dramatically overusing PowerPoint in my formal presentations! Too many slides with too many words! I have now applied Michelle’s ‘Rule of 3’ to all of my presentations.  They are visually more appealing and now I spend my preparation time thoroughly practicing the content (that used to be written on the slides!)