Specific learning objectives include:
- Apply quick and easy preparation methods that will work whether you have one minute or one week to prepare.
- Prepare for questions, even before you know what those questions will be.
- Overcome nervousness that you may have when speaking in front of a group, particularly if the group is not sympathetic to what you have to say.
- Use presentation techniques that establish your credibility and get people on your side.
To begin, we will explore what Speaking Under Pressure is. Participants will also learn an easy way to structure any presentation.
This session will offer participants seven easy ways to better prepare for a presentation – even if you don’t know the time, date, or topic.
Force Field Analysis
Next, participants will learn about a structured method of looking at two opposing forces acting on a situation.
Understanding Your Audience
During this session, we will explore a three-phase needs approach and the idea of common ground. Participants will also practice creating an audience profile.
Controlling Your Jitters
This session will focus on how to make the most of stage fright.
Making Your Listener Hear You
During this session, participants will explore what turns listeners on and off in a large group discussion.
To wrap up the first day, participants will learn what a key theme is, how to create one, and how to distill it into a key sentence. Participants will also be given a small homework assignment.
To begin the second day, we’ll wrap up our discussion on key themes. Participants will share their homework assignment.
This session will explore the idea of using three key points for a presentation. We will also share some tips for sending a memorable message.
Next, participants will learn some different ways to organize the information in the body of their message.
Our Body Language
During this session, participants will take a close look at positive and negative body messages.
If You Could Be…
To prepare for the major presentation later on in the workshop, participants will be asked to give a short presentation on this question: “If you could wake up tomorrow having gained any one ability or quality, what would it be?”
Beginnings and Endings
This session will give participants some ways to create strong beginnings and endings.
Expanding a Basic Plan
So far, this workshop has focused on small presentations. This session will give participants some tips on fleshing out those small presentations should they be required to present something longer than just a few minutes.
To conclude the workshop, participants will prepare and present a short five minute speech. Participants will also evaluate each other.
In Person Training
The traditional classroom style of training remains our Most Popular and Most Requested format. On-site training provides participants with an in-person facilitator who will work directly with the team, whether for a single training session or a training series. The Mainstream team will craft and tailor your experience to ensure that your training session is specific, relevant and unique to your audience while meeting your learning objectives. Why settle for ‘pre-formatted, pre-scripted, one-size fits all’ training programs, when our team is able to customize a program that is just right for you? We know that every team has unique learning needs, situations and that they come from a variety of industries, each having unique customer needs and demands. Our programs can be scaled to accommodate time restraints, unique learning needs and even industry or company nuances and barriers.
Don’t settle for a program that gives you almost what you need; our team wants to give you Exactly what you need.
Delivering traditional onsite training results …virtually!
We’ve officially changed the rules and redefined what is possible in the world of soft skills learning. Our unique technology, accompanied by honed delivery methodology, have successfully replicated the traditional classroom-style training environment, allowing it to exist online.
Most online training solutions limit participants’ responses to keystrokes or to single person conversations because -with inferior technology- group discussions become distorted and confusing to follow. Our Virtual Room has eliminated those barriers and encourages learning through meaningful instructor feedback, skills modelling and engaging group discussion, without visual or audio distortion
The Virtual Room is for any organization seeking a flexible substitute to traditional onsite training; whether to lower costs, eliminate unnecessary travel or to simply ease the burden of demanding work schedules.
Lunch & Learn
A Lunch and Learn session is an onsite or virtual learning program with a facilitator-led session sharing valuable information and skills on an area of identified learning interest. It’s a great break away from a traditional training program, allowing your team the opportunity to learn while enjoying their lunch. Due to the limited time, the program focuses on specific learning concepts and skills. It is an interactive session that quickly targets and reveals learning objectives that are predetermined by the training organizer. Lunch & Learn sessions are also great as a training series, providing progressive learning programs for developing skills in a ‘bite-sized’ format.