How is Presenting for the Petrified ‘brain-friendly’ & why does that matter?
We know from brain science that an overloaded, shut down or 'paralysed with fear' brain, is not a learning brain. Learning can’t be stored or retrieved and insights can’t be generated. We also know that receiving feedback in front of others, so common in presentation skills training, is likely to trigger a significant threat response in the brain, shutting down thinking, memory, decision making, emotional control & speaking eloquence. All the skills needed for good public speaking!
During our LIVE courses, psychological safety is created through exercises in small, safe, unobserved breakout groups, by giving everyone the opportunity to speak without interruption and by trying out the tiniest of speaking opportunities. The aim is that these activities can provide a new, different & possibly liberating, experience of speaking in front of others
We also know that spaced, bite- size chunks of learning, such as the skills micro-videos, may be more effective than intensive learning, especially if accompanied by social learning (digital group support) and self-generated learning (reviewing your own selfie videos)
Why learn presentation skills virtually?
Classroom courses can be unnecessarily stressful for fearful speakers. Small group virtual training, attended from the safety of your own home or desk, can be a much safer alternative
Spacing out the learning over a number of weeks is also a much more brain-friendly way to learn. So rather than cramming everything into 2 intensive, stressful classroom days (and then forgetting most of it afterwards), you can practice a small number of skills in real-life, building upon them gradually over time, as the sessions continue
Does the course cover in-person or virtual presentations?
There are many skills which are common to both, so we cover them all, in addition to speaking in meetings too