The centre of a Presentation is the Speaker. Yet power points and visuals have taken over the scene reducing the speaker to a mere fumbling voice in the semi dark – almost a redundant creature.
Our attempt is to ensure that a Presentation remains a ‘dialogue’ primarily between the speaker and his/ her audience; that at the end of the Presentation the audience is closer in their understanding to the meaning of the speaker; that they have heard, understood and been with the speaker as he/ she took them through the well structured and well focused course of the Presentation; that, in short, the Presentation was relevantly absorbing and left the audience with something to think about.
So where do we begin and where does this journey take us?
We have to consider
- Preparing the content
- Understanding the audience requirement
- Being clear about our purpose
- Speaking clearly to be understood
- Having the vocabulary and the language, and selecting what’s appropriate
- Being expressive, conversational – the effective ‘story-teller’
- Knowing about body language, appearance and the related non verbal skills
- Organizing visuals, Power Point slides that support but do not override the speaker
Therefore, it’s back to practice, discussion, analysis and more practice. For us there is only one word; CONFIDENCE. Let’s see how to keep it alive
Trainer: Ms. Malavika Nagarkar is a M.A. in Applied Linguistics from the University of Essex, UK and M.A. in English Literature from the University of Mumbai. She also has a P.G. Certificate in Teaching of English from C.I.E.F.L, Hyderabad (Distinction) and Certificate in Sanskrit from University of Mumbai (One year course). Her area of expertise lies in Communication Skills (Writing, Speaking, Inter-personal Skills, Speech, Diction and Speaking with Expression, Group Discussion techniques). She has conducted several training programs in companies for writing, speaking and presentation skills, personality development, etiquettes etc. She has also conducted many workshops in group discussion and interview techniques. She has rich teaching experience for Under-graduate and Post-graduate students (University of Mumbai); She is currently faculty at various management institutes teaching the M.M.S and PGDM Courses. She has been awarded the TCTP Award for study in the UK by British Council.