Presentation Skills & Business Storytelling
CHINA KEYNOTE PRESENTATION
The Situation: A Fortune 500 group asked us to help their leaders improve their keynote presentation skills and other high-profile public speaking skills. One such venue involved a presentation for a large industry conference in China with more than 100 global CEOs. Our presentation consultants designed a visually compelling PowerPoint presentation that succinctly and effectively told the story of a recent study about their industry in Asia. Our team of professional storytellers and writers pored over their research to identify the most intriguing and relevant content. We chose rich, captivating photos and graphics, and created a visually compelling PowerPoint presentation. Our presentation coaches and business storytelling consultants also created an interactive strategy for the presentation break-out sessions and provided presentation coaching to improve their leaders' public speaking delivery skills.
The Results: Within hours of their presentation, we received emails from their leaders in China saying, “The presentation you created FAR exceeded our expectations! It was targeted, visually compelling and memorable. The methodology and scripts for the breakout sessions were highly effective at getting the participants involved and committed to a list of key action items going forward. You made a huge difference for our organization! Much thanks!” Our team continues to provide this organization with presentation skills training, custom keynote speeches and executive presentation coaching.
EXECUTIVE PRESENTATION SKILLS
The Situation: The HR director for a Fortune 500 group asked our presentations skills coaching team to help a leader who was being considered as President for his organization. He had a background in finance and accounting, and was not exactly comfortable with presenting and engaging audiences. There was a lot on the line, too – if he could not bring his executive presentation skills up to meet the management team's expectations, it was very possible he would not get the final nod to become President! The mission was simple: help this leader embrace and learn much stronger executive presentation skills and business storytelling skills that could transform his executive persona and leadership credibility.
The Results: An initial two-day session was scheduled and the first three hours were very painful for this leader. But, at the three-hour mark, magic happened! A big smile spread across his face and he said, “I can do this! I can actually enjoy doing this!” His transformation was tremendous. He embraced the core presentation skills we shared and put them to immediate use. He went on to become the President of his company! His public speaking skills transformation was such that the CEO of their parent company called us a few months later and said, “If you guys can do that for him, I am wondering what you can do for me!” More than ten years later, we continue providing presentation skills coaching, leadership coaching and communication skills training for this organization.
PRESENTATION SKILLS TRAINING MAGIC
The Situation: The HR lead for very successful energy group asked us to provide multiple presentation skills training sessions for their leaders and high potentials. The goal: take their presentation skills, stakeholder engagement and influence strategies to a much higher level, so the company could better achieve its business goals with internal and external stakeholders. One of the organization’s accounting leaders was in the first session and he did not see himself as a powerful presenter; he admitted later that he had dreaded the session. But, that quickly changed!
The Results: This accounting leader says our presentation trainers helped him transform limiting beliefs that he had held most of his career about his presenting skills capabilities – and unleashed his true talents! He immediately began implementing the key presentation skills he learned in our presentation training session, along with new business storytelling skills. He was thrilled at how enjoyable presenting became for him and his audiences. This leader stays in touch with us and now volunteers to represent his organization for keynote speeches at industry conferences around the country. At one such conference he was voted as one of the top four presenters out of 65 speakers. Fun! Rewarding! Powerful!