Presentation Skills

Once upon a time I was terrified to speak in front of groups. I dropped out of three professional acting classes because I couldn’t open my mouth during improv. I froze in front of a radio mic – and several thousand listeners – because I was afraid.

Empty red speakers chair on stage in spotlight.

So, I get being nervous about speaking in front of an audience or on camera. But, I got over it. In fact, I do it for a living now. And, you can, too. Whether you are nervous because you are new to public speaking or just because you are, I can help.

Messaging

Lack of confidence in the message plays a significant role in presentation nerves. We worry, consciously or subconsciously, about what we’re going to say and whether our message is engaging or relevant enough. We worry about whether we know the message well enough or if we are the right person to give it. We worry about whether we’re going to forget, or say it wrong, or just.be.wrong.

This worry gets in the way of our being present and connecting whether speaking live or virtually. Taking care with our message and takes care of a bulk of the nerves.

What kind of message becomes a cornerstone you can count on? A goal-based message that incorporates your audience’s point-of-view, needs, and interests. That core message is easier to brainstorm and develop creatively. It will stick in your audience’s mind as well as your own and is more is more likely to influence and motivate.

Need help?

Christie helped me see that the most important question is, “What’s the message?” We worked together to shape the message and then crafted the presentation. To this day, I ask myself, “What’s the message?” whenever I start preparing a presentation.

Amy Scully, consulting client, Vice Provost of Corporate & Continuing Education, Midlands Tech

Virtual Presentation Technique

Covid-19 has changed public speaking, training, running meetings, and developing work relationships – permanently. We are being asked to interview and onboard new employees, form-storm-norm-perform, make sales calls, and more online. We are learning that connecting and engaging there is very different from in-person. What are you doing to up your skills?

Do your lighting, background, camera angle and sound present you at your best? Do you know how to make eye contact and use body language on camera? Do you know how to tweak your content to keep attention in the virtual? Do you have a stash of techniques to help your team grow relationships online?

Training in Virtual Presentations Skills enables you to:

  • Learn how lighting, camera angle, and sound equipment impact how others perceive your message, mood, authority, even your age.
  • Learn how backgrounds can compliment or take away from your message.
  • Learn tools and techniques that increase vocal clarity and projection and help promote a natural use of body language.
  • Collect virtual activities and games that break down barriers, up engagement and help build community.
  • Practice in a safe space.
  • Get coaching to facilitate growth and mastery.

Was able to properly redirect information to fit the class. Understood how we will use the material in our positions.

Paul, state agency management

Great course to boost presenter’s confidence. Learn ways to relax and trust your training technique.

Tameka, corporate trainer

Live Presentation Technique

While recent workplace health considerations have raised the profile of virtual communications, we are still presenting, meeting, and training live. Being flexible and comfortable with any forum, or a hybrid event, is key to your ability to deliver.

Are you comfortable and natural speaking in front of a live audience? Are you engaging your audience with eye contact, body language and movement? Are you aware of how tone and body language can undermine or boost your audience’s attention and trust in you?

Live Presentation Training enables you to:

  • Learn why your conscious desire to connect with your audience matters and how to overcome blocks.
  • Learn where fear comes from, why it’s a natural response to speaking in front of groups, and how to use it to build enthusiasm.
  • Learn tools and techniques that increase vocal clarity, diction, and projection and a natural use of body language.
  • Reassess the role of your media in a presentation, and how to best use it to support your message.
  • Play with acting techniques, including improv, to increase your comfort level and creativity in front of audiences.
  • Practice in a safe space and get coaching to facilitate growth and mastery.

Christie was positive in soooo many ways! I liked that she’s patient and gives positive feedback.

Samantha, customer service representative

Good use of acting background. Did a great job of loosening everyone up and getting us to participate.

Robert, banking executive

Breathwork

Includes Breathwork.

Will be able to use what I learned in real-world situations.

Joachim, non-profit manager

So bright. Lightens the mood.

Michaela, digital communications specialist

Coaching – Consulting – Classes – Workshops – Speeches – Breakouts

Reach out. Let’s talk about your needs.