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Small hr Course Information

Date:   28 May 2015 (Thu)
Time:   9am to 5pm
Venue:   Concorde Hotel Function Room (f.k.a Le Meridien Hotel) Orchard Road
Fee :   S$500 (NETT) |
S$200 (After PIC Cash)

Inclusive of teabreaks and lunch

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1 day Presentational Skills & Techniques: Storytelling
- Start embracing storytelling to engage, influence, and bring your ideas to life

Influence is key to success today. At its core, this often means presenting information to others; you need to tell them your story.

The very thought of standing up and delivering to others though, often causes fear to course through the veins of most people, doesn't it?

For some, presentations can be formal affairs; large audiences, big theatres, PowerPoint slides.

Thankfully though for most of us, presenting is mostly much less formal and "routine"; giving a project team report, updating status at a weekly meeting, sharing during a small, impromptu gathering.

Though the fear feels real, and you feel forced to focus on it, it is only a small part of your overall thought processes.

With the right mind set, and the injection of a few skills, that fear can be replaced by a new-found faith and confidence in your capabilities. That is what this Workshop intends to do.

This Workshop therefore takes an emotionally intelligent approach to presenting. Our focus replaces that fear with understanding, by blending a little technique with considerable practice.

Instead, you'll develop the skills to stand in front of an audience, connect with them, tell your story, and, get the embedded message across.
Workshop Objectives
Our intentions are to boost your ability to feel, look, and sound confident when presenting material in smaller group settings. We'll adopt a storytelling approach, so you can use presentation times as relaxed moments to Influence others.

You'll use the skills to engage emotionally, and bring your ideas to life. You'll also come to realise that skills developed for small, impromptu, presentational settings, are also valid for more formal presentations.

Emotional intelligence or EQ sits well at the heart of this soft skills Workshop, as you move the focus of your energies from yourself, to your audience.
Workshop Outlines
  • Creating an internal feeling of assurance
  • Projecting an external appearance of composure
  • Communicating with a voice that exudes confidence
  • Purposefully embracing EQ to focus on your audience
  • Attending to non-verbal’s & conveying positive impressions
  • Exploring a range of ways to structure & harness your spontaneity
  • Connecting and engaging with your audience by embracing stories
  • Understanding how to better structure thoughts for story telling
  • Embracing feedback positively and responding to questions
Facilitation Approach for Learning
This is an experiential Workshop, which emphasises engagement, interaction, and practice. Participants should expect short presentations that introduce content, experiential activities for skills practise, and group discussions for reflection that deepens their learning.
Who Should Attend This Workshop?
This one-day Workshop is designed for people at all levels who need to give talks and make presentations, whether informal & spontaneous sharings, or, more formal & prepared talks.
Simple concepts that can make a difference fast

The programme is engaging, and l-o-t-s of role play

I learnt how body language affects our presentations

Group presentations ease my nerves, able to practice & interact

Structure was most relevant - it helps us stay focused on the topic discussed

Engaging with your audience, it helps you to handle questions in a steady & calm manner

Skills taught are applicable to our daily group discussions, and presentations in company meetings

This is the right program if you want to improve your presentation skills

I feel more confident & able to handle talking to a group of people

Thanks for changing our state of mind for better presentations
Your Workshop Facilitator: Mr. Patrick O'Brien, CMgr
With a constant appetite for change, Patrick came to realise one very important thing: it's the People that matter in business, personal development and growth counts. His learning delivery approach therefore focuses on building those important soft skills. Training thus scaffolds atop three firm foundations.

First, for learning to stick, it needs to be fun; enjoyment & engagement are precursors to absorption & adoption. Next, for learning to be relevant, it has to be real; it needs collaboration, openness, and a little intensity. Finally, for learning to be desirable, it must match expectations; it has to substantially deliver what it says "on the tin".

Patrick therefore designs Workshop experiences that masterfully combine Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) with a deep Coaching mentality. Both are invitingly interlaced using Improvisational techniques. His diverse background and experience also allow him to facilitate inclusive and valuable learning moments. These are highly engaging, empowering, and, enjoyable.

His life's journey has straddled different countries and cultures in Ireland, England, New Zealand and Singapore. He has worked his way through a variety roles, from individual contributor to Managing Director, in the corporate world. And, he has built considerable business experience along the way in working across sectors such as government, technology, manufacturing, finance, consulting, aviation, telecommunications and the Internet.

His formal education is well rounded: Honours in IT, Masters in Marketing and MBA in Finance. He is also a "Master Practitioner" of NLP, and an enthusiastic author with Articles regularly appearing in the local media. In whatever form you experience his work, you'll always feel his curiously cheerful sense of enjoyment; it shines through.

Patrick is an active member of many international Professional bodies, such as the Chartered Management Institute, the Chartered Institute of Marketing and the Institute of Directors. He is proud to be one of only a small handful of "Chartered Managers" in Asia.

With a warm Irish wit, a love of the "craic" and a big beaming smile, audiences in over twenty-five countries have found his disarmingly unpretentious and conversational approach to learning, to be refreshing and rewarding experiences.
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