"All in all, another great Masterclass from Celia, that I would heartily recommend to anyone who really wants to hone their presentation skills"
- Emma Warren
Wow! Thanks to Emma Warren for this great testimonial, reproduced here in full, that she posted on her blog after attending our 1-day "Supercharge your Presenting Skills" masterclass on Tuesday 28th September 2010. For more about Emma go to www.portfoliodirectors.com
Hello Wembley!! by Emma Warren
"The course was a day-long course held at a hotel in Central Exeter, and although I've presented quite a few times, I knew that I still had lots to learn and I wasn't disappointed, Celia's style is very engaging and inclusive, which is particularly important when you're working on a topic that can induce nerves in it's own right! Celia took care to understand what we wanted to get from the day, wrote it up and checked that we had achieved that by the end of the day. There was lots of opportunity to try out the presenting tips that Celia gave and the other attendees were really good at giving feedback in a positive way to help improve your performance. There was certainly a noticeable difference each time someone stood up the next time to present - both in confidence and delivery.
A key learning that I came away with was that the content needs to be nailed outside the room, the presentation needs to be all about your delivery - and less is certainly more when it comes to speaking. Make clear points, give time for them to sink in and make sure that your presentation has a beginning, middle and end.
This course is primarily aimed at people who have conquered the initial nerves about standing up in front of people, and who want to perfect their style. Celia also covered how to make sure that your presentations have impact and some great techniques to ensure that you can "sell from the stage" if you need to. We also covered microphone usage, both hand-held and radio-mike, as Celia rightly pointed out, if you are a speaker - someone is bound to hand you one some day!
All in all, another great Masterclass from Celia, that I would heartily recommend to anyone who really wants to hone their presentation skills."