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Presentation Skills online


Have been asked to provide some presentation skills for some SME's who are helping to roll out a piece of training for our organisation, however they only want to release them for 1 day.  Am looking for some online content that I could use as pre-work so that we can really make the most of the f2f.  Any thoughts?  Thanks in advance

6 Responses

  1. don’t!

    Beware giving SME "presentation skills training"….MEs tend to then create a very polished presentation of everything they know bout the topic….this simply bores the audience to death and they go away having learned a great deal that is of little or no value.

    Analyse what the audience should be able to DO after the training and then design the event around that. Give the SMEs the design to facilitate.


  2. Presentation Skills

    If they are training the last thing they need is presentation skills. Different concept altogether.

    You didn't mention the product or the number of people (SME's) involved?

    If the training is relatively easy and the numbers involved less than 10 this could be done in a day. Just hire someone in who is experienced in training SME's.



  3. How to Improve Your Presentation Skills


    Though you have not mentioned on which topic or product or service you are going to give your presentation, here I can suggest some ways that can help you to elevate your presentation skill.

    ->Practice is essential if you want to deliver a rousing presentation. If you really want to sound great, it is better to write out your speech rather than taking chances winging it.

    -> Studies have shown that an enthusiastic speech can win out over an eloquent one. So try to be as enthusiastic and energetic as possible before going on stage.

    -> If you're giving a talk as part of a conference, try to consult some of the earlier presentations by other presenters. This shows respect for your fellow presenters while also giving you a chance to feel out the audience.

    & finally, -> It's always best to allow yourself plenty of time to settle in before your talk. Extra time ensures you won't be late and gives you plenty of time to get adapted to your presentation space.

    I hope these little tips would help you to boost your confidence & escalate your presentation to another level. All the best.

  4. Couldn’t agree more…

    Rus, Steve, Clive – bang on the nail! 

    There are two different issues here and if you give presentation skills training, you'll get death by slides and a totally ineffective result.

    SMEs are not just at the back of the queue when it comes to training skills development, more often than not, they're not in the queue, so I applaud the fact that you have been asked to develop them, but please, not presentation skills.

    We have a blended approach to SME delivery skills training using TAP Queen's Award winning methodologies – sorry for the punt, but it's a serious topic. If you want SMEs to deliver training effectively, talk to us.

    Alternatively, it's akin to building a Ferrari and asking a lorry driver to drive it – no offence to lorry drivers.

    This is our 2 day f2f course, but we have a bespoke blended version that would meet your needs perfectly.




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