Presentational Skills & Storytelling Techniques – Start embracing storytelling to engage, influence, and bring your ideas to life
Influential people are confident, confident people engage, and stories help to engage others at deep, emotional levels.
Therefore, using storytelling when presenting enables you to present messages in much more compelling, memorable, and influential ways. Telling people your story is powerful.
But, the very thought of you standing up in front of others to present probably causes fear to course through your veins, yes? It does for most people, doesn’t it?
To an extent, some of those fears are unfounded, as only a few presentations are formal affairs, with large audiences.
For most of the time, presenting is “routine” and less formal, e.g. giving a project team report, updating status at weekly meetings, sharing during a small, impromptu gathering.
Yet these are all ideal opportunities to influence, aren’t they?
Though your fears may feel real, with a renewed mind set, and an injection of a few skills, those fears can be replaced by a new-found faith and confidence in your capabilities. That is what this Workshop intends to do.
This Workshop therefore takes an emotionally intelligent approach to presenting. Our focus replaces those fears with understanding, introduces you to storytelling, and blends in a little technique with considerable safe, enjoyable practice.
You’ll start building confidence and developing the skills to stand in front of any audience, connect with them, tell your story, get the desired message across, and, be influential.
Our intentions are to boost your ability to feel, look, and sound confident when presenting material in smaller group settings. We’ll adopt a storytelling approach, so you can use presentation times as relaxed moments to Influence others.
You’ll use the skills to engage emotionally, and bring your ideas to life. You’ll also come to realise that skills developed for small, impromptu, presentational settings, are also valid for more formal presentations.
Emotional intelligence or EQ sits well at the heart of this soft skills Workshop, as you move the focus of your energies from yourself, to your audience.
- Creating an internal feeling of assurance
- Engaging your audience by embracing stories
- Projecting an external appearance of composure
- Using body language to convey positive impressions
- Communicating with a resonant voice that exudes confidence
- Purposefully embracing EQ to focus on & draw in your audience
- Organising the structure to provide more strength and power
- Embracing feedback positively & responding to questions
FACILITATION APPROACH FOR LEARNING
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.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND THIS WORKSHOP?
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.
Really an interactive & fruitful session; really enjoyed it.
A very enriching workshop, able to learn new skills and techniques on presentation.
Good that everyone is given opportunity to present and push out of their comfort zones.
Patrick has demonstrated very good & clear positive messages in one’s body language, and the do’s and don’ts of presentation skills & techniques.
Great methods taught by Patrick to handle fear of presenting to a group of unknown audiences.
It was a great session, as it provided me with insights on storytelling techniques which I could inject into my teaching material.
Great session. It helps me to build up my knowledge on creating stories to relate to others.
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.
ABOUT THE TRAINER
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.