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Presentation Skills

If you are a professional, chances are you are going to end up with a microphone in your hand or attached to your head like a One Direction wanna be.

Speaking means two things:  1. extra deodorant. 2. a great talk.

With 20 years experience as a trainer, performer and with a Master’s in Adult Education, I can help you engage your audience quickly and easily and help you be calm and confident – without extra anxiety medication.

We’ll use a 4P process – prepare (the crafting of the speech), practice (rehearsal strategies and visuals preparation), perform (techniques to help you own the room) and progress (methods to ensure you improve continuously).

Case Study: The Accountant with Personality

All 206 eyes were on Brenda Walton. It would have been 210, except two women blinked. Brenda was giving her first keynote to London’s top business women. The blinking professionals were two high-level accountants whose eyes were now wide open.

There is a war on for talent in professional service firms. Any company that leverages brain power for success wants the best talent but it’s hard to find and even harder to get. Recruiting is time consuming, expensive and potentially risky.

Not for Brenda, but then she’s not any accountant. She’s the first female principle at the prestigious firm of Davis Martindale.  She championed a values-based leadership strategy that helped her firm win the 2010 Excellence in Human Resources Award from the Chamber of Commerce. (I was honoured to help a bit behind the scenes).

Brenda asked me to be her presentation coach. Her goal was to share her winning HR approach and bring Davis Martindale’s brand to life. We crafted a TED style talk that brought out the best in her and her firm. She portrayed who she was and how her firm was different. She wowed her audience by talking with them not at them. She didn’t use dis-emPowerPoint slides.  Instead, Brenda told captivating professional and personal stories with simple powerful visuals. She was, in a word, compelling.

I knew Brenda would be FANTASTIC. I knew she would likely get more invitations to speak and quite likely new clients. What neither of us predicted was that the two wide-eyed accountants would have a heart-to-heart conversation with Brenda after the talk. It was their tipping point. They ending up leaving their firms and joining hers.That’s right: two high powered accountants were recruited without expensive job ads,  recruiter’s fees or backroom drama.

A great talk makes things happen.

If you are using speaking to reach your clients, let’s talk.

 

Good is no longer good enough. The goal is perfection and the path that takes us there leads to excellence.
Louise B. Karch