Presentational Skills & Storytelling Techniques – Start embracing storytelling to engage, influence, and bring your ideas to life

Influential people are confident, and the confidence displayed draws Others in. If we can also fold in a little Storytelling, that can help us engage Others at a deeper, much more emotional level. In this context, Storytelling is powerful; it’s a presentational enabler that allows our message to become much more compelling, memorable, and persuasive.

That sounds great, until we are arrowed and asked to stand up and speak, isn’t it?

The very thought of rising up in front of others and present our perspectives, often causes fear to course through our veins, doesn’t it? In fact, psychology informs us that these anxious feelings are a natural reflex for most people.

However, the reality is very different for most of us; very few presentations turn out to be significant ones {you know, those grand formal affairs, with large audiences, big PowerPoint decks, and loads riding on the outcomes}. Though a little fear may at first feel justified, what we put inside our head holds us back.

But, what if we could change those thoughts?

We can, and that’s encouraging because most “presentations” are short, much more “routine”, less formal, and often quite mundane – they may not even need PowerPoint! Think about the regular sharing that takes place all around, such as in small impromptu gatherings, status updates during regular team meetings, progress updates in a project team, suggestions & ideas made to your Manager, even, product & service proposals with a Client.

“Routine” perhaps, yet they’re all ideal opportunities to influence and persuade others, aren’t they?

This Workshop therefore takes an emotionally intelligent approach to presenting. Our focus attends to our anxieties & fears, to mindfully harness them, blend in presentational techniques, and shape them with ideas to hone our Storytelling skills. In doing this, we’ll provide a creatively authentic space that affords Participants scope for safe, enjoyable, practice.

Course Objectives
Our intentions are to boost your ability to feel, look, and sound confident when presenting material in smaller group settings. We’ll embrace Storytelling too, so you can reframe presentational times as more relaxed moments for you to engage, influence, and persuade Others.

You’ll use the skills to connect emotionally, and express confidently, as you bring your ideas to life. You’ll quickly realise that skills developed for small impromptu, settings, are also valid for more formal presentations too; they’ll scale.

Emotional intelligence sits well at the heart of this soft skills Workshop, as you move the focus of your energies outwards from the safety & protection of your inner Self, to projection and influence of your external audience.

Course Outline
  • Exploring personal emotions to feel more grounded
  • Enhancing empathy by engaging Emotional Intelligence
  • Choosing a purposeful structure that quickly shapes the flow
  • Projecting positive impressions by attending to body language
  • Speaking with a more resonant, more confident sounding, voice
  • Interacting with the Audience, actively elicit & handle questions
  • Understanding the elements required for effective Storytelling
  • Embracing Storytelling to engaging with the audience
Who Should Attend
This one-day Workshop is designed for people at all levels who need to give talks and make presentations, whether informal & spontaneous sharings, or, more formal & prepared talks.
Training Methodology
This is an experiential Workshop, which emphasises engagement, interaction, and practice. Participants should expect short presentations that introduce content, experiential activities for skills practise, and group discussions for reflection that deepens their learning.
  • A really interactive & fruitful session; enjoyed it and love the practical exercises
  • Good that everyone is given opportunity to present and push out of their comfort zones
  • Great methods taught by Patrick to handle fear of presenting to a group of unknown audiences
  • The Course was fruitful, and allowed me to learn some very important skills that I can use at work and at home
  • It was a great session, providing me insights on Storytelling techniques which I could inject into my teaching material
  • A good balance of engagement & theory, with gradual changes for learners to accustom themselves to every situation
  • No complaints, love the interactions, I love to be given chances to make mistakes, that’s how I learn
  • Great course. I would strongly recommend my staff to attend similar training in the future
  • A brilliant course, run by a knowledgeable professional. Thumbs up
  • It was a worthwhile trip for me to fly down from KL to Singapore

Mr. Patrick O’Brien, CMgr

With a constant appetite for change, Patrick came to realise one very important thing: it’s the People that matter in business, personal development and growth counts. His learning delivery approach therefore focuses on building those important soft skills. Training thus scaffolds atop three firm foundations.

First, for learning to stick, it needs to be fun; enjoyment & engagement are precursors to absorption & adoption. Next, for learning to be relevant, it has to be real; it needs collaboration, openness, and a little intensity. Finally, for learning to be desirable, it must match expectations; it has to substantially deliver what it says “on the tin”.

Patrick therefore designs Workshop experiences that masterfully combine Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) with a deep Coaching mentality. Both are invitingly interlaced using Improvisational techniques. His diverse background and experience also allow him to facilitate inclusive and valuable learning moments. These are highly engaging, empowering, and, enjoyable.

His life’s journey has straddled different countries and cultures in Ireland, England, New Zealand and Singapore. He has worked his way through a variety roles, from individual contributor to Managing Director, in the corporate world. And, he has built considerable business experience along the way in working across sectors such as government, technology, manufacturing, finance, consulting, aviation, telecommunications and the Internet.

His formal education is well rounded: Honours in IT, Masters in Marketing and MBA in Finance. He is also a “Master Practitioner” of NLP, and an enthusiastic author with Articles regularly appearing in the local media. In whatever form you experience his work, you’ll always feel his curiously cheerful sense of enjoyment; it shines through.

Patrick is an active member of many international Professional bodies, such as the Chartered Management Institute, the Chartered Institute of Marketing and the Institute of Directors. He is proud to be one of only a small handful of “Chartered Managers” in Asia.

With a warm Irish wit, a love of the “craic” and a big beaming smile, audiences in over twenty-five countries have found his disarmingly unpretentious and conversational approach to learning, to be refreshing and rewarding experiences.

Holiday Inn Atrium/ Holiday Inn Orchard/ Furama City Centre
07 Oct 2024


  9:00 am - 5:00 pm


1 Day


  S$500 (Nett)

Holiday Inn Atrium/ Holiday Inn Orchard/ Furama City Centre

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