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Your role is crucial. 

We can provide the training, but to change the culture so that no one ever suffers through another 'death by PowerPoint' presentation, we suggest that you meet with your participants before and after our time with them. Make it one-on-one if possible.

Special note: we'll show your participants a PowerPoint delivery method radically different from the traditional system. (PowerPoint: here's what we recommend.)

Before the training

(We suggest a day or two before) 

For preparation, speaking, and handling questions and interjections, ask…

  • Do you have a method already?
  • If so, how well has it been working for you?
  • Can you anticipate what you might be asked to do in the workshop in order to make a significant improvement? (That's the crucial question. It's called 'scaffolding' – thinking about the answer orients the participant in advance.)

After the training

(We suggest a day or two after)

For preparation, speaking, and handling questions and interjections, ask…

  • How did the training work for you? (Open ended question)
  • What stood out for you? What was most useful?
  • In what areas did you make a significant improvement? How will you speak differently from now on, compared with before the training?
  • What did you not do well that you'll still need to keep working on?
  • What can we do to make sure you get some practice and feedback? (Both are vital. Research suggests that it should be tried out 'for real' in the first month or sooner.)

About Michael Brown

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Michael is a senior trainer with Skillset, based in Christchurch.

He is a leading authority on training in presentation and news media skills in New Zealand. He has special expertise in how to present emotionally charged topics to challenging audiences. Michael has trained thousands of New Zealanders and worked with people who speak on behalf of some of the country's largest organisations.

Michael is a prolific author and his books on speaking and working with the media are in their fourth editions.

Speaking Easy: how to speak to your audiences with confidence and authority

Media Easy: how to handle the news media with confidence and authority

One of Michael's books is about his family's adventures sailing in the Pacific.

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