How to Present Like an Award-Winning Actor: Increase Your Presentation Skills

The Presentation Skills course will give you the tools to create a powerful presence so that they can have more influence on their projects.

Course Length: 1.5 Hours

What you'll learn

  • that how you present yourself has a tremendous effect on your life and work
  • how to prepare for presentations (speeches, meetings, one-on-one) by applying the same principles that an actor uses
  • the skills needed to connect with your audience (or the person sitting across from you) through your physical awareness, energy, and status
  • how various presentation elements (storytelling, metaphor, rhetoric, and technical elements such as audio visuals) can affect your ability to influence and persuade others

Course Description

The Presentation Skills course shows participants how their body, face, voice, movement, and energy affect an audience. They will learn how to use these factors to create more effective, memorable presentations and also increase their effectiveness with one-on-one encounters. This presentation also examines the power of storytelling, the use of metaphors, the basics of rhetoric (creating powerful argumentation), and the use of status.

This course goes far beyond learning to create inspiring speeches. It will give participants the tools to create a powerful presence so that they can have more influence on their projects and work environments.

After taking this course, you will be able to:

  • recognize that how you present yourself to audiences and to individuals is vital to your life and work
  • describe the steps involved in creating a great presentation or preparing for a one-on-one encounter
  • identify and use your physical elements (body, face, voice, movement, energy, and status) to connect with an audience and individuals
  • prepare the technical side of a presentation or encounter using a script, rhetoric, props, audio-visuals, and rehearsal

Recommended Supported Browsers: Internet Explorer 10, Internet Explorer 9, Firefox, Chrome, Maxthon, iOS (iPad 2 and 3), Opera and Safari.

We recommend that you use the most current version of these browsers. Other browsers and some earlier versions of these browsers may be supported – but you may experience some limitations on certain Learning Management System or course functions.

About the Author

Brent Darnell earned his Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech in 1981 and began his own construction career. He was an MEP Coordinator and Senior Project Manager on complicated projects like the Brook Army Medical Center and housing for the 1996 Summer Olympic Village. Because of these first-hand experiences, Brent speaks with a deep understanding of his audience and the problems they commonly face. His passion is to transform the industry into one that is more collaborative, more relationship is driven, and more fun.

The impact of Brent’s unique programs spans the globe and his clients include Skanska, Kiewit, Balfour Beatty, Clark, Manhattan, McCarthy, Heery, Beck, Barton Malow, Batson Cook, Granite, Brasfield & Gorrie, Jacobsen Construction, the AGC, ABC, DBIA, COAA, CMAA. He is also an adjunct professor at Auburn, Penn State, and Virginia Tech, teaching emotional intelligence and people skills to their technical students.

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