Gauteng Business News

Presentation Skills


Very few things in life are as daunting as delivering a presentation, especially if the stakes are high. Effective presentation skills are critical in today`s business environment and can contribute significantly to both individual and business success.

The ability to communicate information clearly and accurately requires training, planning and practise. Whether you plan to pitch for a new contract or make an announcement; you must get your message across clearly and as intended.

Delivering a presentation does not have to be a daunting task; it can be a lot of fun. This two-day programme is aimed at communication professionals and managers who need to add impact and confidence to their presentations. Let us help you develop the skills to put together persuasive business messages supported by well-designed and appropriate visual aids.

Participants will be given sound guidelines on each aspect of good presentations, from the preparation and research phases through the structuring of effective presentations and finally the delivery of the presentation. These will include the use of body language, voice control, managing questions, dealing with nervousness and the preparation of visual aids.

The course is interactive, fun and practical. Particular emphasis is placed on developing the delegate`s ability to apply the knowledge and to practice and hone the newly acquired skills as the workshop unfolds.

The content of this workshop covers two key activities: (1) preparing your presentation and (2) delivering it with impact.

Preparing for your presentation

oThe planning process

oDeveloping the key theme, angle and messages

oAnalysing the audience

oCollecting material

oStructuring the presentation

oOpening with impact: first impressions count

oEffective body structure, sequencing and flow

oStrong endings

oCreating impact

oApplying useful tools

oEstablishing a theme

oHumour and audience participation

oUse of visual aids - guidelines, use of colour and design elements

Presenting with confidence

oDress rules and principles

oNon-verbal techniques to complement delivery

oEye contact, facial expressions, posture, hands and body

oVerbal techniques

oVoice control, pitch, resonance, pace and emphasis

oOvercoming stage fright

oNerves and relaxation techniques

oDealing with the unexpected

oUsing the venue to your advantage

oDealing with questions and answers.

About our facilitator

Peter van der Schyff is a freelance writer and communication specialist, managing his own public relations consultancy, Pringle-Scott Communication, in Johannesburg. He has established himself as an accomplished writer, proof reader and editor of English and Afrikaans texts with numerous clients.

He holds degrees in law, communication and industrial psychology. Peter is a Chartered Public Relations Practitioner (CPRP) and active member of the Public Relations Institute of Southern Africa (PRISA) where he has been lecturing on a part-time basis on all facets of corporate and media communication since 1987.

Between 2007 and 2014, Peter acted as both Judge and Chief Judge for the PRISA PRISM Awards, Southern Africa`s most prestigious awards for excellence in Public Relations and communication projects. During 2008/9 he was chairman of PRISA`s Gauteng Region and a member of the board of PRISA.

In May 2010 Peter received the PRISA President`s Award for his contributions to the public relations and communication profession in South Africa. Earlier, in 1997 Peter was recognised for his presentation skills when he was named Communicator of the Year by International Training in Communication (ITC)

Hosted By: Public Relations Institute of
Date of Event: 2018-08-30
Venue: 108 Bram Fischer Drive, Ferndale, Randburg
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