Time (A personal session, or 1-10 days depending on scope and goals)
Price per participator or as a package.
Presentation Skills training is about how to present your information, facts, persona, poem, scientific research in a professional and intelligent way, by understanding the most common mistakes and pitfalls, and knowing how to coach yourself. I have trained with Michael Grinder who in my opinion is a world champion of non-verbal communication, and I have over 6000 live concert interactions with audiences all over the world paired with the experience of coaching phobias for public speaking.
This training is for anybody, professional or amateur. As a reference you may want to check the evaluation of PhD Students at Karolinska Institutet for a training I did together with Anna Hildenbrand Wachtmeister.
“It was by far the most useful, informative and best course I have attended during my PhD”
“Ulf’s lesson on body language during oral presentation were incredibly helpful. I feel more comfortable with presenting my research thanks to this course.”
“The teachers were great, 100% there, giving feedback and make us participate actively. This course was ‘out of the box’. Courses like this make a difference between world-leading and ‘small’ universities.”
“This course was one of the best courses I have ever taken. I really appreciated all the knowledge we acquired regarding the
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The Two Vital Q’s
The two most important questions before starting any meeting or presentation
- Who are we?
- Why are we here?
I recommend that you openly state and answer these two questions in any presentation you do. They can never be answered enough.
The components of presentation skills
- SKILL – What is a skill? “It is a craft, it can be learned”!
- TALENT – Are we born with it? How important is it?
- TECHNIQUE – What is it? How is it vital?
- ATTITUDE – What is it? What difference can it make?
Stories to remember
- The pottery experiment – Should you make 100 presentations or the perfect one to develop your skills?
- Building bricks for the cathedral – What is your reason, your “why” for what you are presenting?
The (only) two vital questions after every experience
- What did I realize?
- How can I use it?
A summary of vital presentation skills
- Know your body language: Pauses are the thing! (body AND voice)
- Reach both sides of persuasion: You need feelings AND logical thinking (chariot of ancient Greece)
- Raport: Pace and lead the energy of your listeners
- Pre-framing: A candy and a smile can make a big difference
- Know your facts
- Humor: Watch out for cannibalizing
- Metaphors are powerful: Be aware of how to use them
- Anxiety: can be dissolved with laughter – a movie, a shower, sex, exercise
- Eye contact: seemingly with the whole room!
- Bouncing back is more important than making mistakes
- Making mistakes is vital to developing a skill
- Hand movements – Check Michael Grinders “6 wrong ways to make a good impression“
- Create your imaginary friendly listener
- Deliver content and criticism from “another person”
- Point to a third position for negative issues
- Learn your strategies and develop them
- Be prepared to deliver before you expect to
- Understand body action (heartbeat, tunnel vision etc) can be great (M Ali)
- Understand what Cortisol is and what it does (Great Video on YouTube)
- Body posing can change everything in 5 minutes (Amy Cuddy on TED)
- Blow Out can dissipate body chemistry surplus
- All in all, you are as great as you allow yourself to believe
- Other people will often think greater of you than you
Books I recommend on a rainy day
- How we decide (Jonah Lehrer)
- Why we make mistakes (Joseph Hallinan)
- The unthinkable (Amanda Ripley)
- David versus Goliath (Malcolm Gladwell)
- Blink (Malcolm Gladwell)
- Sway – The irresistible pull of irrational behavior (Ori and Rom Brafman)
- Managing Groups – The Inside Track From Good to Great (Michael Grinder)