The Leader’s Institute® conducted its Fearless Presentations® class in Minneapolis, Minnesota for a group of 40 engineers who wanted to improve both presentation skills and their networking abilities within their own company.
This was a half-day workshop where individuals at Barr Engineering could elect to take this course. While some came into the class with “training fatigue,” since this was the last day of a full week of training, participants had renewed energy when they were able to practice in small groups and in front of the entire class. Some came in with common concerns: ways to relax when public speaking anxiety occurs, how to deliver a good introduction, and how best to handle PowerPoint and other visual aids. These topics were discussed, with strategies given by a certified instructor to overcome the challenges associated with them. This training was set up by a couple of employees at Barr who went though our 2-day class open to the public in Minneapolis. They realized that not only did their presentations improve, they were also able to network within their own company more effectively. The culture at Barr is designed so that you are able to succeed the more you build your network and brand. By implementing a simple exercise designed to get a conversation going at social gatherings, they were able to feel more comfortable talking to people they didn’t know at these mixers at Barr. In fact, they said these conversation starter techniques became so ingrained that they didn’t have to think about them anymore.
“I have heard lots of GREAT hallway feedback about the class. Thank you for taking the time to learn about Barr and our culture. I think that knowledge really made your content relevant and applicable to the attendees.” Sara Gaffin, Barr Engineering
Fearless Presentations® comes to Minneapolis, Minnesota and other cities year-round, and can also be taught on-site at companies throughout the country. It’s a great way to learn and master presentation skills that can make the difference in taking the next step in one’s career.
Chris McNeany is a Vice President and Instructor for the Fearless Presentations® course. He is based in Los Angeles, California, but he teaches classes in San Diego, San Francisco, Las Vegas, and Seattle as well.