Having great communication skills is important to success in relationships, work, and life in general.
If 37% of students have a preference for Kinaesthetic Learning (Miller, 2001), what does that mean for the way we make presentations and deliver training?
Communication is such a broad topic. We communicate in so many different ways beyond the words we use. Every day we send thousands of micro-messages to friends, colleagues, family and people we don’t even know. Alun includes communication skills in training delivery for Team and Leadership Development as appropriate for the audience. If someone says that they want to improve their communication then it begs many further questions to establish exactly what that means.
“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.”
– George Bernard Shaw
Alun has worked in Learning and Development for many years and used different communication styles tools to help individuals understand their personal style and develop their skills. In order to develop his own presentation skills he trained in Human Circus in Bristol. It was a slightly “off the wall” way of developing his skills but has armed him with a huge variety of insights, tools and techniques to help develop others.
Alun’s specialities in the field of communication are:
- Working with Presenters to deliver a specific message or presentation. Everyone has their own style (even if they have not honed it), what works for one person may not work for others. Alun works with micro messages and an individual’s personal style to coach presenters making a presentation effective.
- Working with teams on Presenting with PowerPoint. An inordinate amount of time can be spent devising PowerPoint presentations which achieve unsatisfactory results. A basic understanding of the role of PowerPoint in a presentation and a grounding in how to use it effectively can very quickly save a heap of time and lead to some inspiring presentations.
- Working with groups on Presentation Skills – Engage your audience. Alun has a wealth of experience working with presenters and has gathered a metaphorical “toolkit” which he carries around and is willing to share. Alun will put together a bespoke programme based on the groups objectives and experience. Typical ingredients for a workshop would be:
- How to make the most of your communication style
- How to appeal to different Learning styles
- How to effectively use imagery and props
- The importance of audience profiling
- Working with groups on interview skills and creating impact. Alun has worked with a number of groups on personal impact, presenting yourself, networking and interview skills. In a fun workshop individuals will learn techniques from theatre for calming nerves and play with different tasks and exercises. There are some fundamentals about interviews and networking that once understood and mastered can seriously improve one’s prospects.
- PowerPoint makeovers – If there is a competition between a presenter saying every word on a slide and the audience reading it for themselves; the presenter will always loose. If you want your presentation to support your words and engage your audience whack it over to me then we can chat about a way forward.
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
— Maya Angelou