Leave a Lasting Impression

Presentation AudienceLearn to give a presentation that leaves your audience talking. Starting November 1, 2012, instructor Carole R. Wright will lead “Powerful Presentations: Combining Elements for Maximum Impact” to help you develop your presentation techniques and engage your audience.

Ms. Wright provided some additional insight into her course.

What is a common problem area with presentations?

Presenters struggle with creating an organized flow and a strong message, managing their nerves, being focused in the development and delivery of the presentation, and thinking on their feet during questions and answers.

How have presentation styles changed in the last 5-10 years?

Audiences often feel like they are prisoners in a presentation, even if they walk in excited about the topic. Today, they are not afraid to walk out if you bore them. They are no longer prepared to put up with text heavy or outdated slides. They expect you to clearly and succinctly deliver the message and use stimulating visuals.

What will students take away from the class?

Students will learn to brainstorm and create content that is tailored to their audience. They will also gain knowledge on how to make visually dynamic slides, approach stage fright, be conscious of body language, and handle questions and answers.

What kinds of students typically take your class?

My class attracts a wide range of participants. From college students to retired people, this class is ideal for career-changers who are now expected to give presentations. I also teach a presentation class for non-native speakers of English.

“Powerful Presentations: Combining Elements for Maximum Impact” meets three Thursdays, November 1-15, 6:30-9:00 p.m. Register today.

“Powerful Presentations for Non-Native Speakers” meets three Saturdays, November 3 and 17 and December 1, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Register today.

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