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"Effective Executive Speaking"

Course Duration: Two or Three Days:

DESCRIPTION: a training course designed primarily for executives, managers, and sales or technical professionals who find it necessary to make presentations in conjunction with their job-related responsibilities. Such presentations might take the form of: making a technical presentation, briefings, presenting information to a regulatory agency, sales calls, meeting the press, teaching or training, demonstrations, speeches, leading group discussions, or any other form of talk that requires self-confidence, clear organization, and effective delivery.

RATIONALE: Highly experienced and technically competent people often develop a high level of anxiety and encounter a variety of problems when they are expected to make a presentation to a group. Though they may have a good idea of what they want to say, many lack the speaking experience and skills to know how to: (1) identify relevant and appropriate content, and focus it at the proper level for the particular target audience; (2) organize the presentation in a logical fashion that shows clarity, conciseness, and an appropriate introduction, body, and conclusion; and (3) deliver the material in a dynamic manner that builds and maintains interest.


  1. To be able to assess speaking strengths and weaknesses by analyzing videotape presentations--thereby identifying personal objectives to work on during the course.
  2. To acquire the skills to make an effective corporation/agency presentation that is well organized, has effective transitions, and has an opening, middle, and close that are appropriate to the audience.
  3. To learn how to give a variety of presentations including: pre- pared manuscript, memorized, impromptu, and extemporaneous.
  4. To develop the knowledge and expertise to organize a speech in a short period of time, including the development of relevant visual aids (such as flip charts, overhead transparencies, blackboard, charts, and graphs, among others).
  5. To learn the art of answering questions from an audience (understanding the "five-step sequence"), how to handle objections, and internalizing the do's and don'ts in front of an audience.
  6. To become skilled at convincing, informing, or entertaining an audience, including proper use of anecdotes, injecting humor/ originality, using note cards, controlling nervousness, using a microphone, and maintaining continuity throughout the speech.