“You helped us communicate with a broad audience through our public speaking and webcasts. You invested a lot of time understanding our organization. Your coaching was practical, insightful and a tremendous value. Absolutely wonderful!”
– Mark Price, Vice Chairman, Principal & Owner, Deloitte Consulting
Simply Speaking® group programs are designed for all skill levels, can take on many different formats and durations, and are conducted at your location worldwide or online. Our work starts with a thorough understanding of your needs — we’ll meet with the stakeholders, review a sample slide deck and available recordings, and ask participants to tell us about their strengths and challenges via our online self-assessment.
We offer comprehensive small group on-camera programs ranging from one to two days as well as “crash courses,” which are often ideal for large meetings where you may be short of time. Please page down to learn more about our programs or contact us and let’s have a conversation about how we can help you.
SIMPLY SPEAKING SMALL GROUP ON-CAMERA WORKSHOPS — IN-PERSON AND ONLINE
Through demonstrations, experimentation, multiple on-camera impromptu and prepared presentations, candid real-time, real-world tested feedback and award-winning coaching, your group learns to listen to their audiences’ needs and deliver clear, concise, and utterly compelling presentations.
There are no dull lectures in this hands-on workshop, and we share Disney’s philosophy that laughter and learning are great friends. We also believe that the goal for most presentations should be connection, not perfection. This creates an environment where your group feels safe experimenting with new approaches. The results are obvious, measurable, and speak for themselves.
We typically start with proven methods to conquer presentation jitters, a must for just about everyone regardless of skill level. We then explore the ingredients for high-impact presentations, both in-person and online. Participants are quickly “on their feet” and on camera, delivering impromptu presentations, followed by professional feedback and coaching. These presentations serve as a fun icebreaker and establish a baseline upon which we build immediately applicable skills.
Incorporating strategies learned from delivering the first presentations, participants then deliver business presentations prepared prior to arrival, followed by self-critique, peer feedback, professional feedback and coaching, and video review.
Throughout the workshop, we model best practices for all types of presentations participants may face and provide tons of tips, tricks, tools, and techniques learned from decades of professional speaking. Each person presents multiple times per day, and with each presentation, incorporates new skills and strategies, receives more in-depth feedback and coaching, and experiences greater success. We build upon each person’s strengths and personality so they excel quickly and comfortably.
The bottom line: By the end of the program, your group knows, first-hand, how to deliver high-impact presentations.
Some of the areas often covered include how to:
- Present like a pro — in-person or online, prepared or impromptu
- Appear confident, competent, and credible in front of any group
- Capture and maintain the attention and interest of your listeners
- Craft and convey messages that are clear, concise, and compelling –
for prepared formal events and casual impromptu meetings
- Organize material for best flow and maximum impact
- Read your audience, speak to their needs, and adjust if necessary
- Spice-up potentially dull topics and get rid of “boring”
- Provide the right content, not a data dump
- Share stories that pull-in listeners, connect, and captivate
- Integrate appropriate humor to drive home serious points
- Think quickly on your feet and look calm under pressure
- Master Q&A sessions and win-over tough audiences
- Incorporate effective visual aids and avoid Death by PowerPoint
- Eliminate “ums,” “ahs,” “you knows” and other distracting habits
- Speak with a voice of authority and exude commanding executive presence
- Engage, inspire, inform, and influence with resounding success
- Increase sales – Forget your title, we’re all in sales™
To reinforce and continue learning, participants receive personal action plans for continued success, access to us after the workshop, videos of their presentations, feedback, and coaching, Simply Speaking® high-impact presentation templates, wallet reference cards, David’s best-selling books, Simply Speaking!® The No-Sweat Way to Prepare and Deliver Presentations, How to Avoid Death by PowerPoint!™, and How to Conduct Incredibly Productive Meetings, as well as a subscription to the Simply Speaking!® High-Impact Presentation Strategies newsletter.
Follow-up is essential and we conduct a one-hour online group session about 30 days after the workshop, where participants share successes and challenges, ask questions, and continue raising the bar. Optionally, intensive private coaching is available, both in-person and online.
Small group on-camera workshops typically range from one to two days in-person or up to three half-days online.
Contact us and let’s have a conversation about your needs and how we can help you.
“Your programs for our salespeople were the highest rated programs ever at HP!”
– Craig Pampeyan, Sr. Director, Presales Strategy, Planning and Operations, HP
SIMPLY SPEAKING “CRASH COURSES” —
In-person and online
When your time is limited or your group is large, a Simply Speaking® “Crash Course” may be the perfect solution. During this fast-paced, fun, and completely hands-on program, we guide your group every step of the way as they learn to prepare and deliver world-class presentations that connect with today’s often distracted listener.
There are no dull lectures, and we share Disney’s philosophy that laughter and learning are great friends. This creates an environment where your group feels safe experimenting with new approaches. Depending on the time allotted, here’s how the program may flow:
We typically start with proven methods to conquer presentation jitters, a must for just about everyone regardless of skill level.
Next, a few “lucky” pre-selected participants are on their feet delivering relevant brief presentations, prepared prior to arrival. They receive immediate peer feedback as well as professional feedback and coaching in a manner so that everyone learns from the experience. They then incorporate the feedback and redo small portions of their presentations. The difference is often remarkable.
We believe that high-impact presentations require high-impact preparation, not throwing a bunch of bullets on an endless stream of slides. So, next we guide participants step-by-step as they work in small teams to complete our proprietary Simply Speaking® Template/Planner and craft presentations that inform and move audiences.
We move about the teams, providing on-the-spot coaching to ensure the presentations are top-notch and ready for “show time.” All of the teams deliver their presentations to the entire group, experience the thrill of a great presentation, and receive peer feedback as well as professional feedback and coaching. Our clients tell us that this time is not only invaluable for honing their group’s presentation skills, but also serves as a great team builder.
By the end of the program, your group knows exactly what it takes to deliver high-impact presentations, and each participant creates a personal action plan for continued growth.
To reinforce learning, if desired, you’ll receive a video of the team presentations, feedback and coaching. In addition, each participant receives our Simply Speaking® high-impact presentation template, wallet reminder cards, a subscription to the Simply Speaking® High-Impact Presentations newsletter and, optionally, David’s best-selling books, Simply Speaking! The No-Sweat Way to Prepare and Deliver Presentations and How to Avoid Death by PowerPoint!
“Crash Courses” typically range from one and a half to four hours and are available both in-person and online. Optionally, intensive private coaching is available, both in-person and online.
Contact us and let’s have a conversation about your needs and how we can help you.