Attention! How to make an audience listen...

Wednesday, 6 December, 2017 -
10:00 to 16:00
Brunel's Breakout Room Engine Shed, Station Approach, Temple Meads Bristol BS1 6QH Bristol BS1 6QH
Organised/hosted by: 
Tony Coll

A one-day workshop on the content, crafting and delivery of persuasive, engaging presentations.


Welcome drinks from 9.30am, workshop starts at 10.


Who should attend?

Anyone who has a cause or point of view to promote, a team to lead, a product to pitch, stakeholders to influence - or any other reason to give a great presentation.

Why is this workshop useful?

Human beings are hard-wired to communicate face-to-face. We don’t just take in the words of a conversation and their literal meaning; we absorb how things are said, the subtleties of voice and body language, and we react to a live speaker’s ability to generate both logical understanding and emotional enthusiasm and acceptance. Yet as the world of work becomes increasingly digital, face-to-face presentations are becoming rarer. And through lack of familiarity, more of us dislike or even fear them. This fun, interactive workshop aims to put that right.

What ground is covered?

Participants prepare and deliver a five-minute presentation, with exercises and other input on engagement, persuasion, content, structure, building confidence, voice, body language and other aspects of preparation and delivery. These are then constructively critiqued by the trainer and the group. The presentations are filmed, and with the delegate's consent and if time allows,played back. After the session delegates are given their own films, plus full handouts.

Pre-course work?

You need to have an idea for the subject of your talk, plus any physical ‘props’ you plan to use, but you are not expected to prepare in any detail.

Benefits to the individual?

  • Conquering nerves
  • Matching the content to the audience
  • Being persuasive
  • Articulating key messages
  • The narrative story arc
  • Structuring a presentation
  • Journalistic storytelling
  • Using PowerPoint effectively
  • Stage presence
  • Voice and body language
  • Handling questions

Benefits to the organisation?

Leaders and team members who are better able to communicate, inform, engage and motivate colleagues and other stakeholders, thus improving the overall efficiency and direction of the organisation.

Dress code?

Casual, though many participants prefer to change into more formal clothes for their presentation.

Comments on previous workshops:

“Excellent! Very practical and extremely relevant to my work.”

Deborah Watson, Shell International

“First class presenter, really enjoyable course.”

Roland Liddell, UK Forestry Authority

“I rarely mark course content so highly. I found this one interesting, educational and entertaining.”

Ken Findlay, Newbury Building Society

Contact name: 
Tony Coll
07813 480986