An Introduction to the Learn to Present Master Class
The Presentation Skills Learning System
Welcome to the Learn to Present Master Class Sampler!
Welcome to the Learn to Present Master Class Sampler presented by the The Learn to Present Academy created by Dr. Robert Portnoy (www.linkedin.com/in/robportnoy). The Master Class is designed for anyone who wants to rapidly build a solid set of presentation skills as well as for experienced presenters wanting to improve their current level of skills. This Sampler will introduce you to the 7-Step Plan for designing and delivering compelling and memorable presentations. At the end of the sampler, you will have an opportunity to purchase the full Learn to Present Master Class at a considerable discount. Enjoy the Sampler. For more information visit The Learn to Present Academy at www.learntopresent.com
Here are the 7-Steps you’ll be learning in this Master Class. Click on any of the steps below, each a hyperlink, if you want to go directly to that step in this Introduction. You can come back to this page by clicking on the Skill Index at the bottom of each page. The Index to the 7 Core Skills
Make a Point
Engaging Eye Contact
Your listeners want to know why they should listen. Tell them by beginning and ending your presentation with a point. You must be clear in your own mind what you want your listeners to take away from your presentation. Form that point in your mind and then frame your presentation around it. Step 1 – Make a Point As you watch this video example, notice how the presenter frames his presentation around a key point.
Step 2 – Dynamic Speaking
Your voice is a powerful tool that you can use to drive your point into the minds of your listeners. Your vocal tone, loudness, and timing can each be used independently and collectively to emphasize the meaning of important words and phrases. As you watch this video example, notice how the presenter uses his voice to focus attention and add interest to his presentation.
Moving your hands and arms, tilting your head, leaning to one side or the other, and walking forward or back are all purposeful gestures you can use to emphasize words and phrases while you synchronize them to the loudness, tone, and timing of your voice. Step 3 – Meaningful Gestures Notice how this presenter uses gestures and vocal variety to add interest and meaning to her delivery.
When presenters look at one person at a time, deliver a meaningful portion of their message, drop their eyes naturally, then look at another person, their eye contact engages attention and helps to drive their point home Step 4 – Engaging Eye Contact Notice how this presenter looks at specific locations in the room with engaging eye contact and uses gestures and vocal variety to connect with her listeners.
Step 5 – Compelling Slides
Slides are often designed using too much text to be meaningful and with cluttered graphics that distract rather than focus attention. The strategic value of your slides should be to direct attention on the essential text or meaningful image, then redirect attention back to you so that you can connect your listeners back to your point. Compare these two slides that both have the same purpose – to communicate a warm welcome to a pet friendly hotel. Notice the clutter of the first and the elegant simplicity of the second.
Many presenters dread the Question & Answer session fearing that they will be unable to answer a question with confidence. But a strategic view of managing questions enables a presenter to confidently connect the answer back to the main point of the presentation. Step 6 – Managing Questions Compare the answers below from the perspective of reinforcing this point: Learning new skills helps the company grow.
This Answer Reinforces the Point
This Answer Ignores the Point
Q: Why should I even bother learning a new skill? A: The more you can do to help the company achieve its goals, the more the company will grow. You grow, we grow. You stagnate, we fail. It’s that simple! We’re depending on you to keep learning so that you can depend on us to have enough profit to sustain jobs.
Q: Why should I even bother learning a new skill? A: Listen carefully to what I’m about to tell you. If you don’t learn new skills, you’re going to get yourself fired.”
Meaningful stories connect listeners to information because stories speak to “the heart” as much as the mind. Stories stick. Stories are easy to remember. Stories get to the point through common bonds we all share as people. Step 7 – Captivating Stories This video is about trust and what happens when that trust is violated. Notice that even though it’s unlikely you’ve ever met this presenter, you share a common bond.
The 7 steps that you should include as you design and deliver your presentation – any presentation are: Review: The 7-Step Plan 1. Make a Point 2. Dynamic speaking
Developing a solid set of presentation skills will prepare you to speak clearly, memorable, and with confidence across your entire career. Moving Forward Every time you express your ideas to others, you are in fact giving a presentation. This Sampler just scratched the surface of the value you can gain from the full version of The Learn to Present Master Class.
Staff Meetings Conference Presentations Skill Index
Now you that you’ve been introduced to the 7 steps, think about all you can learn by enrolling in The Learn to Present Master Class. Buy the Master Class at a Discount
$459.00 Enroll Money Back Guarantee! If you are not completely satisfied with this Master Class, contact us at www.learntopresent.com for your refund! The Learn to Present Master Class teaches how to design and deliver compelling and
memorable presentations. The on-line course includes a complete 7-Step learning system, slide management, story- telling, video demonstrations, planning templates, skill assessments, applied practice, and a personalized graduation certificate. Skill Index