International Presentations in English

3 – Day Seminar

Required level: Upper intermediate – determined by placement test

After this seminar you will be able to:

  • present for your audience’s expectations – Germans, Americans, Italians,Asians and Scandinavians all expect a different approach.
  • catch and hold the attention of the audience by emulating the tricks of the media.
  • use positive body language in your stance and your voice.
  • start and end your presentation with impact.
  • deal with each question confidently and effectively, no matter how difficult the question may be.
  • give an ad hoc presentation from your “Presentation Planner”

Each step of your presentation (and the final version) is captured on a video clip. Each participant receives a DVD with his/her presentation together with a written critique and a “Certificate of Attendance” as a take-away.

Each participant receives a comprehensive manual exceeding 300 pages with tips, tricks and useful phrases.

Maximum number of participants: 10

  • Preparation:
Define your audience & venue to determine how formal/informal it should be
International audience expectations during a presentation
What makes a good presentation?
Purpose - choose the right approach, Stages of a good presentation
  • Getting Started:
How to make an immediate impact on your audience
”Dramatic“ openings using a “Hook”- learn from the media
How to make contact with the audience - set the scene - tell them what you plan to tell them.
Survival tactics for nervous presenters
  • Language:
Avoid “ego-talk „- personal vs. impersonal language
Hold your audience’s attention – clear objectives, clear plan, clear signals
Use “signposts“ to keep the audience’s attention and linking ideas
Learn from great speakers – practice using emotional appeals, good words vs. bad words, emphasizing, minimizing, rhetorical questions, tripling, clichés, etc.
  • Visuals:
The Three Ts of presenting visuals
Seeing is believing – how to present data your audience understands
Introducing your visual – naming the parts of the diagram, chart, graph
Describing trends, change and development
Describing cause, effect and result – talking about reviews and forecasts
  • Body Language:
Verbal vs. non-verbal communication – speech as an auxiliary to body language
Learn to “read” body language – confident, defensive, frustrated, insecure...
Importance of eye communication with your audience
Your voice as body language – “High Impact language“ – chunking, pacing, intonation, sound scripting (supported by film video clips).
  • Summarizing & Concluding:
Typical phrases to indicate the end of the presentation, summarizing, concluding, recommending, closing and inviting questions.
  • Handling Questions:
How to deal with both friendly and hostile questions from the audience
  • Following Through: