First steps in presentations and public speaking
Who is this course for?
Public speaking is ranked as one of life’s greatest fears. And you’ve been asked to give a talk or presentation; now what! Panic?
Don’t panic— come to our First steps in presentations and public speaking course.
Starting with the basics, our training workshop helps you to give engaging talks and be appreciated by your audience — from social events to job interviews.
What does the course cover?
The training workshop is a practical and participative event. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to put your learning into practice and enjoy yourself. The course covers:
- The seven key parts of planning, organising, and delivering your talk
- Different ways of structuring your talk to match your goals and the needs of your audience
- Keeping the pace, focus, and interest of your talk so you carry your audience with you
- Hints and tips from real-life experience ... and much more!
What we’ll be doing
The training workshop runs on a Saturday. So that you can get the best out of the day, there is a small amount of pre-work before you come along. It’s very easy and should take less than fifteen minutes. You’ll receive full details in the pre-event briefing when you book a place.
- You’ll develop the key skills, and using these, practise several, one-minute, presentations. We’ll investigate how to use story lines to hold a presentation together making it easy for you and for your audience.
- We look at techniques to engage and involve your audience. And to finish the day, you design and give your own presentation.
- The class size is deliberately kept small so you benefit from more time with the tutor.
This workshop is about developing your personal skills in giving talks and presentations. We mention computer-aided presentations only in a supporting rôle. We don’t cover training in presentation software such as PowerPoint or Keynote.
If you’re interested in learning the PowerPoint software on a Windows computer, please check the courses in the Otley College Leisure Learning brochure. You can obtain a copy from Teresa Smy – contact details on the left.
If you would like training in the use of PowerPoint or Keynote software for the Apple Mac computer, please contact Leisure Learning at Otley College and mention your interest. We may be able to arrange suitable training.
If you need more advanced presentation skills, or would like help in presentation design and the use of visuals, Spectaris may be able to arrange a supplementary course or consultancy to meet your needs.
About the tutor
The tutor is Alan Sarsby, his experience comes from leading and managing teams, and coaching and training people in multiple careers spanning nearly 40 years.
He is the director of Spectaris Ltd, and has worked with commercial clients, charitable and voluntary organisations, and local colleges.
When not working with clients or writing business books, Alan is an enthusiastic photographer. He is chairman of a local Camera Club, a tutor for leisure photography at Otley College in East Anglia, and a photographic judge.
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