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Presentation Skills Training, Becoming A Confident And Competent Presenter

May 21, 2008
Public speaking is the number one fear for adults in the UK - ranking even above dying! The thought of standing up in front of an audience and giving a presentation makes most people quake with nerves.

Many of us need to give presentations during our working lives, whether as a one-off, or on a regular basis, in front of a large audience, or as part of a smaller meeting. Unfortunately, few of us have the confidence or the skills to give a truly effective presentation that really engages the audience and gets results. The good news though is that presentation skills training can help anyone to improve.

Controlling anxiety, using positive body language, structure and messaging, making full use of the voice and dealing with questions are some of the key aspects of presentation skills courses. By developing all of these skills, people will find that they can give impactful presentations, whilst keeping nerves under control.

However, it does take practice. Successful presentation skills training will devote a significant amount of time to doing rather than just listening. Delegates need to learn the principles, put them into practice, receive feedback and then keep practising. It's also useful to see really successful presenters at work, using video clips for example. By establishing what it is that makes their presentations work, it is possible to replicate the techniques to improve delegates' own presentations.

Presentation skills courses can be aimed at different levels and, in fact, should be. Some people have no experience of presenting and want to learn the basics to give them confidence in their first presentations. Others have made presentations before and may even have had some training, but want to take their skills to a new level, to make even more impact.

Others could already be quite expert at presenting, but still feel the benefit of intensive coaching to really hone their technique and the finer points of their presentations. By enrolling in the most appropriate level of course, delegates will ensure that they get the most out of the training, with the trainer being able to focus on their particular needs.

Questions that are often answered by presentation skills training include: How should I stand? What should I include on PowerPoint slides? Where should I look? How do I control my nerves? How do I make my presentation engaging? How should I structure my presentation?

Individuals and companies alike are realising just how vital it is to be able to present to an audience effectively and are investing in personal development in this area. The skills learnt from presentation skills courses can be used in many workplace situations, helping to enhance business relationships, get messages across effectively and win more business.
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Anna Stenning is an expert on presentation skills training having participated in many courses in the past.
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