Presentation Skills for Techies Training

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Do you have problems conveying what you know about technology to others? Do you use technology to make presentations to sales prospects, clients, or colleagues? Would you like to learn how to be a more effective presenter? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, this technical presentations skills training course is for you. People who make technology-related information presentations and use modern technology in their presentations need this course. Gain the tools and self-confidence to become a stronger, polished, and more successful presenter.

This technical presentation skills class can also be offered as two-day or three-day class. In a one-day class, participants are able to go on-camera for roughly 5 minutes to receive a critique from the instructor and their colleagues on their presentation. In a two-day class, participants are able to go on-camera for roughly 10-15 minutes and receive a critique from the instructor and their colleagues on both their presentation and their PowerPoint slides. In a three-day class, participants are able to go on-camera twice for 10-15 minutes and receive a critique from the instructor and their colleagues on both their presentation and their PowerPoint slides.

Topics covered include:

  • Learn the benefits and challenges of high-tech presenting: how to present to different personality types, sexes, and age groups; how to build rapport with audiences; how to handle questions and answers
  • Discover how to deal with stage fright; create, practice, and deliver better presentations; improve your current presentations
  • Learn how to deliver different types of presentations: present as a team, present to senior management, and give impromptu presentations
  • Improve your voice and body language, dress, and use of humor
  • Discover how to properly create and use audio-visual supports, including PowerPoint
  • Engage in participant presentations and receive peer and instructor analysis of your presentation

Seminar Tips:

Rules for using audio-visual supports

  • Do not consider audio-visual supports a replacement for verbal communication
  • Display the audio-visual support only while you address the pertinent topic
  • Look at your audience, not at the visual
  • Display the most important element in the center of the visual

Communication and Presentation Internet Resources

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Frequently Asked Questions about our Presentation Skills for Techies Training

Answers provided by our technical presentation skills trainer, Randall P. Whatley

Q: What makes this technical presentation skills training different from a regular presentation skills training class?

A: Some aspects of this training are the same as you would find in a typical presentation skills class because the same information applies to all presenters. However, this class is designed for those who present technical information. Past recipients of this training have worked in engineering, healthcare, technology, and scientific research. Typically, technical presenters need to understand how to present material to highly analytical and often critical audiences. I cover that type of audience analysis in this seminar. Often those who present technical information need to determine how to present complex information quickly. We review techniques to accomplish this. It is also typical for some technical presenters to be subject matter experts who are inexperienced with verbal delivery of their ideas. I provide the practical advice needed to understand what is expected of them in this seminar.

Q: Our engineers and scientists are very intelligent, but we can't seem to get to the point in our presentations. What can you advise us to do to get to the point?

A: Perhaps the points you're trying to make aren't clear in your minds. If you don't clearly understand what you're trying to say, it's unlikely you will be able to say it in a manner that is clear to others. First, you have to determine your points. I recommend that you make no more than three major points in a presentation or components of a large presentation. For each point, develop a story to either prove, clarify, or add interest to your point. In doing so, answer the "why" questions the audience would ask, if they could ask questions, while you are speaking.

Also, try to use the three techniques I mention in my article called How to Make your Point and Create Sound Bites and Quotable Statements to bring clarity and focus to your points.

Client Testimonials

"I wanted to let you know that on two occasions in the last week I was able to really step up and put my best foot forward in front of Georgia Tech's executive leadership, thanks in part to some of the experiences and knowledge you shared with me in our presentation skills training seminar.
I volunteered to deliver an 90 second synopsis of our process improvement project to the President of GT. It went very well. I prepared my notes of the key points on a piece of paper and referred to it as I shared my points with him. The message was crafted in a clear and succinct manner to describe our project on a level that would peak his interest but not bore him with details.
My participation in my group's presentation yesterday in front of 90-100 of Georgia Tech's leaders was by far the biggest presentation of my life to date. Other than some general anxiety in the days preceding and some jitters the morning of, I don't think I was really nervous once I got up in front of everyone , even though, as my portion of the presentation was about to begin, the technical equipment went offline and the PowerPoint went blank. The presenter before me was about to conclude her section and tactfully expressed her joy to be able to pass the baton to me. I saw our program leader signal to us to keep the presentation going so I immediately stood up, shared briefly in the light moment, and then ignored the technical problem and went right into my section of the presentation. (I had my main points ingrained in my mind; I had probably practiced 30-40 times in the week leading up to the presentation). About a third of the way into my section, our program leader was able to restore the AV equipment and I picked up the slideshow and continued without missing a beat as if the problem had never occurred.
I am confident that the interaction and feedback I received from you during our two group sessions reinforced my strengths in such a way that instilled within me the confidence to step up and overcome my fears (and other hurdles) by believing in myself and be willing to enter into the arena.
I have a lot of respect and admiration for you so I wanted to share my good news and accomplishments with you."Business Analyst - Georgia Tech

Schedule This Training

For groups of 3 or more participants

Cypress Media Group presents this seminar as an on-site offering at your work location or at an off-site location of your choice. We can customize this training program to suit your precise training needs.

For economic reasons, this seminar is only offered to groups of roughly three or more people with the same training needs. If you have a group with similar training needs, please call us at 770-640-9918 or E-mail to discuss your interest.

For fewer than 3 participants

We do not offer this course as an open enrollment public offering for individuals. If you have fewer than three participants who are interested in this course, the cost will be the same as for a larger group.

Please call us at 770-640-9918 or E-mail to discuss your interest.

About the Instructor

Randall P. Whatley

Randall P. Whatley is a 30-year media veteran with diverse business experience. He is president of Cypress Media Group, an advertising, public relations, and training firm. He has extensive experience advising government officials, political candidates, public officials, and corporate executives.

Whatley teaches the practical, real-world skills that he has acquired and refined over three decades as an advertising and public relations practitioner. His presentation and media relations skills were honed as a lobbyist and political consultant on over 50 campaigns in four states. He has written two books, two syndicated newspaper columns, and many magazine and Internet articles. He has also hosted his own television and radio program and appeared often as a TV and radio program guest, including a CNN appearance. Whatley has also produced TV and radio ads.

He has been a government relations consultant for over 30+ years and has served as a political campaign consultant (over 50 campaigns with 30+ victories in four states) and lobbyist. Additionally, he has served as an RFP consultant to both government agencies and contractors, administered government contracts, written proposals, and authored handbooks that address government/layperson relations.

Randall P. Whatley teaches the following courses to companies and government agencies worldwide:

He can be reached by e-mail at randy@cypressmedia.net.

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