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Presentation skills are an everyday requirement and the ability to present information clearly and effectively is key to getting your message across. Participants will discover that delivering an inspirational or captivating presentation requires a lot of planning and preparation.


 

Creatively Speaking

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 20 minutes.

Aims:
• To give participants an opportunity to practice speaking in front of others, with a particular emphasis on the skills needed to think quickly.

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Time:
This exercise will take about 15 minutes to run. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing 20 minutes for completion.

Aims:
• To give participants an opportunity to practice speaking in front of others, with a particular emphasis on the skills needed to think quickly.

Group Size:
This module can be used with groups of up to 20 participants.

You'll Need:
• A set of the Creatively Speaking Cards (one card per participant).
• Blu-tac.
• A stopwatch.

Stopwatches can be purchased from Trainers' Market.

Notes:
The timings suggested are for a group of up to 10 participants. Larger groups will need more time.

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Just Beat It - Misinterpretations in Communication

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 15 minutes.

Aims:
• To demonstrate the dangers of making assumptions about others' knowledge when communicating.
• To recognise situations where the recipient might not interpret our message in the way we intended.

About

Time:
This exercise will take about 5 minutes to complete. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing about 15 minutes for completion.

Aims:
• To demonstrate the dangers of making assumptions about others' knowledge when communicating.
• To recognise situations where the recipient might not interpret our message in the way we intended.

Group Size:
This module can be used with groups of almost any size.

You'll Need:
• Nothing other than the materials provided.

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One Man Brand - How Images Add Impact to Our Message

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 20 minutes.

Aims:
• To help participants get to know each other.
• To encourage participants to think about their personal ‘brand’.
• To understand the power of images to convey messages.

About

Time:
This exercise will take about 15 minutes to complete. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing about 20 minutes for completion.

Aims:
• To help participants get to know each other.
• To encourage participants to think about their personal ‘brand’.
• To understand the power of images to convey messages.

Group Size:
This module can be used with groups of any size.

You'll Need:
• Blank name tent cards and pens for your participants.
A selection of Mr Sketch Scented Flipchart Markers can be purchased from Trainers' Market.

Notes:
If using this icebreaker in very large groups ask participants to work in small teams and introduce themselves to those team members rather than the whole group.

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Presentation Skills - Icebreaker

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 20 minutes.

Aims:
• To encourage participants to start thinking about what makes an effective presentation.
• To identify the things to avoid in presentations.

About

Time:
The exercise in this module will take about 10 minutes to complete. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing 20 minutes to complete this module.

Aims:
• To encourage participants to start thinking about what makes an effective presentation.
• To identify the things to avoid in presentations.

Group Size:
This module is suitable for use with groups of up to 15 participants.

You'll Need:
• Flipchart paper and pens.
A selection of Mr Sketch Scented Flipchart Markers can be purchased from Trainers' Market.

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Seeing Things Differently - When Messages get Lost in Translation

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 15 minutes.

Aims:
• To introduce different styles of information gathering.
• To help participants recognise that we all have a different viewpoint or perspective.
• To understand the importance for trainers/presenters to be aware of how their messages may be perceived.

About

Time:
This exercise in this module will take about 10 minutes to complete. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing about 15 minutes for completion.

Aims:
• To introduce different styles of information gathering.
• To help participants recognise that we all have a different viewpoint or perspective.
• To understand the importance for trainers/presenters to be aware of how their messages may be perceived.

Group Size:
This module can be used with groups of almost any size.

You'll Need:
• A single apple (or other type of fruit) for your participants to see.

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The Paper Folding Exercise - Visual Communication

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 10 minutes.

Aims:
• To show the importance of giving information visually as well as orally.
• To demonstrate how different people will interpret the same information differently.

About

Time:
This exercise will take about 5 minutes to complete. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing 10 minutes to complete this module.

Aims:
• To show the importance of giving information visually as well as orally.
• To demonstrate how different people will interpret the same information differently.

Group Size:
This module is suitable for use with groups of almost any size.

You'll Need:
• Two sheets of A4 paper for each participant (and for you too).

Notes:
We’d like to thank Mick Duncan of CWT-Chamber Training for contributing the idea for this exercise.

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True or False? - Persuasive Communication

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 20 minutes.

Aims:
• To identify techniques that can make our spoken communication more influential.

About

Time:
This exercise will take about 15 minutes to complete. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing about 20 minutes for completion.

Aims:
• To identify techniques that can make our spoken communication more influential.

Group Size:
This module can be used with groups of up to 10 participants.

You'll Need:
• Nothing other than the materials provided.

Notes:
This exercise can be run with more participants, but additional time will be needed.

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