11 Nov Success Story – Matt Brown
Development Assessment & Compliance Section Manager
Port Stephens Council
Matt Brown’s background is in town planning, building surveying, environmental and project management. He has 15 years’ experience across a number of local Council’s and the development industry private sector. Matt’s passion is creating and driving a planning culture that is practical, accountable and outcome focused. Matt works with customers and stakeholders from all backgrounds to assist in creating resilient and adaptable communities that we can all enjoy. Matt believes in empowering town planning professionals to ‘back themselves’ and transition to operate within a communicative and truly customer focussed discipline.
What kind of presenting do you do at work?
The audience I present to at work ranges considerably from the development industry, government agencies, politicians, the executive team and public meetings.
What prompted you to attend Michelle’s Persuasive Presentation Skills Masterclass?
With the work we are doing in the cultural and change management space within planning and local government, I frequently present at conferences etc. I thought it was critical to improve my skills to further engage the audience and get my message across.
How did Michelle’s Masterclass change your attitude to presenting in business?
The Masterclass gave me the tools and structure to get the balance right between content volume and effective delivery. The 4Mat model together with Michelle’s 13-Steps provide the basis for a system that really resonates well with me and can adapt readily to any situation – however it still allows for individuality in the presentation as well. Presenting is now something I look forward to and cherish as a great opportunity.
In general, what positive outcomes have you achieved from improving your skills?
It’s early days, however I have certainly noticed an increase in follow up enquiries after the respective presentations. My presentations appear to generate much more interest from the community now that I’m using a best practice structure and different eye contact and delivery techniques.
In what specific ways have your presentation skills improved since completing Michelle’s training?
I was always comfortable with the technical content, but at times felt that more was better. Now with the philosophy that less is more, the key points are articulated with more meaning and power.
Accordingly, my speed of delivery, confidence and stage presence has also improved – I didn’t realise how much of a science there was to it!
What were your top three take always from Michelle’s program?
- ‘Click’ with your audience – whites of the eyes.
- Pace, pace, pace – build that rapport.
- Preparation – what do you want the audience to think / feel / do at the end of your presentation? What is the journey you are taking them on?
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