How will this course align with our existing presentation skills training?
It can be used as a stand-alone blended virtual offering for new or nervous speakers. Or it could be used as a foundation class, to support your own in-person classes (see extra in-person options below)
What are the class sizes?
It depends on how long you want the live webinars to be. For 90-min sessions, we suggest a maximum group size of around 12. For 120-min sessions, the maximum group size can be around 20
How is it different really from regular presentation skills training?
Regular presentation skills training focuses primarily on skills and gives minimal attention to fear, anxiety and nerves. But without confidence, those responses can impact skill utilisation, i.e how can you remember the process of answering a question or objection if fear and nerves have switched off your higher brain and given you the IQ of popcorn? This course focuses on understanding fear and the brain first and then building confidence throughout, on the basis that skills acquisition is really the easy part
What’s included in the live sessions?
The live sessions are a series of short exercises either within the full group or in breakout rooms to try out different skill aspects, in addition to discussions & reflections about the post work experiences
What is the spacing between live sessions?
That choice is up to you. Weekly is an option, but may be too pressurised for some. Certainly research suggestions, the longer the spacing between sessions, the greater the learning appears to be embedded. Every 2-4 weeks may give participants more time for pre & post-work, albeit with some reminding required
What webinar & group chat platforms are used?
We can use your organisational platforms, such as Teams, to meet your own security policies. Or we can use our own Zoom meetings, Slack, Yammer, WhatsApp etc
Why would we go with blended & virtual once the pandemic is over and we’re back to normal?
Bite-sized learning, built upon itself and suitably spaced is one of the most effective (and arguably enjoyable) ways to learn. It can achieve greater learning and retention, with greater reach and at a lower cost, albeit it does require participant commitment. Certainly for introverts, sensitive or anxious presenters, a few hours a week whilst working from home, may be preferable to the overwhelm of an intensive 2 day experience, which involves travel & overnight stays, alongside continued work pressures
But do you offer in-person/on-site options?
Yes. Because everyone’s requirements are different, on-site/in-person options are available in UK/Europe to align with your existing presentation skills training. Here are some options
Confidence Boosting Classroom 1 Day only: This 1 day experiential on-site session helps build confidence in nervous or new speakers. It is a lovely gentle day where participants end up presenting without actually realising that is what they are doing. Hence it can be great for nervous presenters or can be an extra pre-training support for your own presentation skills workshops. With minimal speaking skills covered, it will not contradict your own content
Blended: 1 Day (Confidence)+ 8 Session Virtual (Confidence & Skills): This is an enhanced version of the main blended program (above) and is a great option for time-pressed, especially sensitive or anxious presenters. Skills are developed in bite-sized, spaced virtual chunks, following an experiential confidence building classroom day
Confidence & Skills 3 day Classroom: This all on-site option focuses on skill building (2 days), only after confidence (1 day) has been built. If multiple cohorts are training, days can be delivered non-consecutively, to increase practice opportunities and spacing
Virtual Check-ins/1:1 Coaching: Additional mid program or follow up coaching & support, for individuals or groups, on request
Fear Extinguishing Therapy Dog (yes really!): Where appropriate for UK on-site sessions, a therapy dog can be provided to uniquely and happily help reduce class anxiety