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As a Fearless Presentation ® instructor, I always cherish our open-enrollment, two-day presentation skills classes in Chicago. I am continually privileged to meet incredible professionals in a wide variety of fields. What they all have in common is a commitment to ongoing personal development. Not only do they carve out a chunk of time from their schedules, many also exhibit great courage as they step into their (sometimes huge) fear of public speaking. But even with my high expectations of each FP class, I was especially inspired by the group that just finished classes in Chicago. They were soulful, articulate, and very supportive of each other as they tackled the art of storytelling and the challenges of simplifying ideas for listeners. They practiced diligently and by the end of the two days, each had a speech they could deliver to delighted audiences.
Days later, one participant reflected on his experience. “When you’re intimidated by something like public speaking, it’s so easy to feel alone–which just compounds the anxiety. But meeting you guys and being reminded that many of us are in the same boat–and more importantly–that it’s something we are working to overcome was a big part of what I took away from this experience. Thanks for your bravery. I found you all inspiring.”
Me too. Thanks Chicago FP.
I recently had the pleasure to conduct a fabulous presentations skills class for a handful of professionals in sunny Miami, Florida. Although our presentations skills class is called Fearless Presentations ® it is much more than just a way to reduce public speaking fear. In fact, many professional business people who attend the class are amazed at how big a jump they make in their presentation skills development in just two days. This program in Miami was really fun because we had a great mix of people from different industries, cultures, and locations on the map. One of the participants is the current Jamaican Ambassador to the United States, and she is currently stationed at the Jamaican Embassy in Washington, DC. Two of the participants were from Texas who enrolled in this presentation skills class, because the just missed the last program in Dallas, TX. Still another of the class members works for The History Channel and A&E discovering new programming for their channels in South and Central America. The final participant is a scientist who does research and development developing healthcare breakthroughs that save lives.
About halfway through the class, Audrey, the Ambassador, (who incidentally also is the CEO of eight different companies that she founded in Jamaica), mentioned that she was fascinated by the expertise in the room. She said, “Everyone has a fascinating story about how they got to where they are.” She is totally correct. One of the great things about classes like these is that they help people who have similar challenges (like nervousness speaking in front of a group) overcome these challenges together and build camaraderie along the way.
I wouldn’t be surprised if, in the next couple of years, A&E develops a new show in Central America about a certain former politician turned talk-show host.
For details about upcoming presentation skills classes in Miami, visit the link to the right.
Nippy weather and rainy skies greeted us in Philadelphia as we kicked off our 2-day of Fearless Presentation ® public speaking class in Philadelphia, PA. As usual, our group was a mix of different professions from different industries. The presenters’ industries ranged from an Ivy League University to a person who sells baked goods. We also had one participant from the healthcare industry (see our new class for the healthcare industry – http://www.fearlesspresentations.com/public-speaking/how-to-make-an-oral-presentation-to-healthcare-colleagues/)
Yet, each participant came for the same reason: to better get their message across to their respective audiences. Overcoming the fear of public speaking is a tough job but all of us got through it. We also learned the basics of storytelling and found that sharing your experience with your listener makes it easier to offer your advice and implement your suggestions. Participants also discovered that they did not need to be afraid of speaking to groups. Instead, through being creative and original, they could enjoy it. Asking for and getting change is one of the hardest things to do. Audience members often do not want to give up old behaviors and old ways of doing things. But with the right message, delivered the right way, it is possible to create change through being persuasive.
On day one, we learned the basics of a presentation, and on day two, we put those basics into action. We ended the presentation class with each person delivering their speeches from beginning to end with a tremendously clear improvement from when they first entered the class. Everyone went on to enjoy their weekend and looking forward to their next chance to give a talk. The Leaders Institute ® wishes you much success for your future presentations!
For a list of upcoming public speaking classes in Philadelphia, make sure and click this link! We’ll see you in our next class!
A great group of people met in Washington DC to overcome their fear of public speaking and to improve their presentation skills. One of the key learning points for the group was understanding how important energy and enthusiasm is to a presentation. There is an old saying that, “people will not get excited about your presentation unless the speaker is excited.” This is a very true statement. If you can’t be excited about your topic, then you can’t expect anyone in your audience to get excited. I hear many people in our Fearless Presentations ® Workshops tell me all the time that they are accountants or engineers and that “there is nothing exciting about explaining what they do.” It’s important to understand that if the process that you are explaining isn’t exciting, then the results should be. I remember a student told me that she sold accounting software. Now, I have to admit that there isn’t too much excitement explaining why a company should stop using their software and start using your companies. But, when I asked her what made her software better, she said that once their software was completely utilized, the average data entry person could save, on average, 4 hours a week because they wouldn’t have to make duplicate entries. I don’t really understand what that means, but I can get excited about having an additional 4 hours a week to work on important tasks. This is where the results are what you get the customer excited about. So, next time you feel like you’re having a struggle with enthusiasm your topic, ask yourself, what the benefit of the Result is. You should be able to get excited about presenting a great solution to even the non-exciting issues that they face. For information about how you can improve your presentation shills, go to www.fearlesspresentations.com
The group who attended the Fearless Presentations Workshop® in Atlanta learned the importance of the proper use of audience participation. Many people try to get their audiences involved in their presentations, but end up struggling to get people to participate. .The first mistake people make is that they ask rhetorical questions and then wait for an answer. Questions like, “Who wouldn’t want an extra $500.00 on their next paycheck?” Now this is a silly question because no one in their right mind would turn down the extra money. It comes across as very manipulating when we ask a question that only has one true answer, especially if you wait for a response. I remember once going to one of the home and garden shows in my city and had one of the cookware sales people asking very silly and manipulating questions, like “Who here wants to save money on their grocery bills? And who wouldn’t want to eat healthier.” He literally waited till most of the audience nodded their heads YES before continuing on about how buying this cookware would help them save money and eat healthier. He lost all his credibility with his audience and after the second or third time of doing this, many people just got up and left his demonstration. He lost potential sales because of the silly and rhetorical questions he asked. So the next time you ask your audience a question make sure that there is more than one answer so that you don’t frustrate and potentially manipulate your audience. For more help in becoming a better speaker and a Fearless Presenter, attend one of the Fearless Presentation ® Workshops in a city near you. You can find a list of the upcoming classes by going to www.fearlesspresentations.com
We recently conducted another Fearless Presentations ® presentation class in Atlanta, GA. Six fearless speakers spent two days sharing stories and presentations. Perhaps they all weren’t fearless at the beginning but by the end of their many turns at speaking, each had a new level of comfort. Each also had further developed their styles, one salesman had a terrific ability with jokes, another company President had a wonderful delivery filled with dry humor. Each speaker found their own style and refined their content for their unique audience. By the end of our time they each had a prepared speech ready to deliver! This was the great benefit of attending both days.
Presentation Class in Atlanta, GA
On day one we heard stories about combat in Beirut, Center for Disease Control workers withstanding terrorism, college football victories, latest innovations in accident prevention at work, ways to create customer loyalty, and how to get auditors to leave your company as quickly as possible! We were a talented group with plenty of Southern charm.
This presentation class in Atlanta was held at our office located at Atlanta – Proscenium, 1170 Peachtree St N.E. Suite 1200, Atlanta, Georgia 30309. We conduct these classes every few months. For an updated list up future classes, go to this webpage: http://www.fearlesspresentations.com/atlanta-georgia-public-speaking-class/.
We recently finished another Fearless Presentations ® public speaking class in Washington DC. Class ended on Friday the 13th but we felt very lucky. Five hardworking professionals learned just how talented and fascinating they are! We heard speeches about ways to keep our HVAC systems efficient and long lasting, how pets keep us healthy, how learning proper banking regulations can keep us out of jail, how the HR department can help companies retain employees, and ways to prevent trucking accidents. A day earlier we learned just how many great stories we have hidden inside us. One favorite involved buying thousands of dollars in gift cards to score free travel perks.
Fun Public Speaking Class in Washington DC
Fearless Presentation ® classes now offer a single day option. Six more Washington professionals had joined us on day one and shared their stories of making presentations to Congressional aides and government agencies. As a group we explored the challenges of speeches that required us to shift tones. In one case this involved talking about deadly accidents (somber) and then shifting to appreciating a colleague’s work ethic (optimistic). We explored the power of pauses and the dynamic power of an energetic tempo. Many in the group pushed themselves beyond their comfort zones of gesture and projection — just to see how dynamic they could be. The presentations were outstanding and both days were great fun. The time flew by. When was the last time you heard close to a dozen speeches and felt great afterwards?
This two day Fearless Presentation ® workshop was May 12 and 13, 2016 at 1101 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC.
2016 June Fearless Presentations ® Public Speaking Class in Chicago, Illinois
Some of our super speakers from our recent Chicago Fearless Presentation ® classes on June 16 and 17. Not only did they learn to harness their nervousness and turn it into charismatic energy, they excelled at organizing their ideas and practiced the art of storytelling. We learned about how improve games can help teams in business, how safety should be a value, not a “priority, how to design a healthy energy, among other topics.
This group bounded over two exciting days of sharing heartfelt stories. There was much laughter as the group discovered their hidden reserves of dynamic presence. They didn’t realize how much talent they had. Greg, a former graduate who came back for a refresher said, “Thank you for two great days!”
This Fearless Presentations ® Public Speaking Class was held at our Chicago office located at at CBD – River North, 321 N. Clark Street, 5th Floor, Chicago, IL 60654. You can call this office locally by dialing (312) 546-3026 ext-101. For a list of upcoming classes visit the seminar schedule page at http://www.fearlesspresentations.com/chicago-illinois-public-speaking-course/.
The Leader’s Institute ® held its Fearless Presentations ® public speaking class in Los Angeles to a group of individuals from different companies. All of whom were looking to improve their presentation skills in various ways. Some participants wanted to overcome the fear of public speaking. Much of the first day focuses on ways to relax before getting up in front of a group to speak, and also provides strategies for relaxing when public speaking anxiety occurs during a presentation. Other participants were looking for ways to make their message more streamlined, and others were looking for ways to make their presentations more dynamic. Each participant gets up in front of the group repeatedly to practice the skills being taught. On the second day, more time is spent on putting together work related presentations. Participants are encouraged to use a minimal amount of notes, which time and again they find freeing. They are continually surprised at how well they are able to do without relying on very thorough notes. Each participant came from the class feeling accomplished and with a new skill set they can utilize immediately.
This class was held on January 21-22, 2016 at the following location:
515 South Flower Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071
One of Fearless Presentations ® newest instructors, Stephanie Nelson of Portland, Oregon, led an exciting Seattle public speaking class a couple of weeks ago! Seattle has always been a great city for our Fearless Presentations ® classes, and we have a number of really nice clients like Microsoft and Boeing who send a lot of people to our public classes. One of our other big clients in the Pacific Northwest is t-Mobile, and they sent three people to this particular class. We also had a participant from Alaska Air and a couple of additional companies attend the class.
Seattle Public Speaking Class
We offer classes in Seattle every other month, so if you are looking for a way to eliminate public speaking fear, make sure and register for our next class! Our classes are held at Columbia Tower, 701 Fifth Avenue, Suite 4200, Seattle, Washington, so classes are very convenient to companies located anywhere in the downtown area. For details, call us by phone at 800-975-6151, or you can look at the upcoming class schedule by clicking this link: Seattle Public Speaking Classes