The “How To” Workshop Series

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How To: Design a Great presentation

It’s what you say, not how you say it that counts. We take a refreshingly contrarian view of what and how to present in this workshop for a very important and grounded-in-research reason. Many presenters worry far more about how they look and sound than they should. And they don’t worry enough about the content of their presentation, the way they’ve organized it and the ways they’ll present it. Yes, people look at you when you’re presenting. And, yes, they make judgements about how you’re presenting. But, if your content is good and if you’ve designed it in a way that is easy to understand and remember then they stop focusing on you and start focusing on your content. This workshop will teach how to calculate your scope, clarify your purpose, identify the content chunks, sequence them for maximum retention and incorporate discussions that, selfishly, help you perform better and help your participants retain more. You may or may not enjoy presenting. But, there’s no reason why you can’t be as good as any other presenter out there. You just need to design something that suits your own unique style and perspective.

 
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How to: Lead a Great Q&A and Discussion

It’s one thing to want to make your presentations or workshops more interactive, but it’s another thing to be able to do so. The ability to lead a great discussion and question and answer session means that you need to be able to design a great question, pick the best participation format, balance participation and then get out of the way as people respond. These are all skill sets we will delve into during this workshop.

 
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how to: Deal with Group dynamics

When you’re standing at the front of the room presenting or teaching, you see all kinds of stuff. Some of it isn’t so motivating - you might notice people on their cell phones, people engaging in side conversations, people looking bored and you’ll also notice good things. This workshop will help you observe and intervene in common group dynamics.