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A powerful presenter is PRESENT

Being present is much more than just showing up to deliver.

A powerful presenter stands in their power. They recognise and value the gift they have for others.

According to Dr Amy Cuddy in her research on Presence she stated that ‘Presence is the state in which we stop worrying about the impression we’re making on others and adjust the impression we’ve been making on ourselves’. When we are truly present, we liberate ourselves from fear and we stand up and perform at our very best.

Only in this state can we really connect with our audience, we can then empower them to do the same.

And that is what a presenter or a trainer aims to do. Empower others to be the best they can be. If you want to be a powerful presenter, you need to be completely present when you stand in front of your audience ready to share every time. You need to be in your own authentic power, truly believing that your message, your story and your content is a gift for your participant or audience.

Stand in your power

Being present also means not being distracted by outside influences, not being distracted by self-doubt and not being distracted by other people’s demands. You can be flexible to meet the needs of your audience and clients but not be distracted away from the outcomes you need to achieve in this moment, this training or this presentation.

So how do you prepare to show up being 100% present?

Research has proven that our body can shape our mind and our mind can shape our behaviour. So, you can prepare and be present with your body as well as your mind. When you are feeling anxious or challenged, you react and can experience a fight, flight or even freeze moment.

By merely slowing your breathing down or visualising a positive experience free from threat, can change what your nervous system is doing.

By standing tall with your head up and smiling at the people around you can change the way your brain is reacting to an anxious situation. Therefore, if you walk into a training room or onto a platform smiling, with strong strides and your head up, your body will shape your brain into believing you are a self-assured, confident expert. You’ve probably heard the expression fake it until you make it well how about fake it until you become it. Dr Cuddy’s research about Power Posing, although has been criticised and challenged in recent years, suggests that just by standing in your power, it is optimising the brain to being 100% present. I’m a convert. I love to work with evidence-based theories, and I have witnessed this approach work for so many of my nervous clients.

Your brain is also wired to predict the future. When you are feeling confident and positive about the experience you are having, it can shape how you move forward into the next experience. Allow your brain to predict a positive presenting experience even before it has happened.

Only when you are completely present can you be of service to your audience. In my first book Speaking in the Shower, I suggested you rehearse in the shower. Many of us are confident singing rock stars in the shower, we are not nervous or apprehensive. When no-one is watching we feel totally comfortable to be ourselves, to be completely Present. We now need to capture that same authentic superstar from the shower, the one that is larger than life, confident and brave and transport them into the next presenting situation. Of course, do get dressed first.

When you are training or presenting you need to bring your boldest, your bravest, your best self to the classroom or platform. You need to be Present. Step into the shoes of your audience members for just a moment; believe they are there to graciously accept your gift. Your experience, your stories, your message is your gift. Give it wholeheartedly.

Are you ready to give it a try?

Find a mirror, stand up, stand tall, hands on hips and hold it for 30 seconds, say to yourself.

You’ve got this!!

Then rinse and repeat several times throughout the day. Are you ready to walk on that stage now?

Hold your head held high, walk on, smile – you’re in the moment now so stay there.

Paula Smith – Your expert in Presentation Intelligence ® and Leadership Communication.

Keynote Speaker CSP, Master Trainer, Author, Business Coach and trusted advisor for over 30 years.

If you would like to learn more about how to become an Exceptional Presenter check out Paula’s next public programmes or book an in-house session for your key people.

What on earth is Neuropresenting ®?

What is Neuropresenting ® you ask?

It’s presenting, training or leading from the front of the room with the brain in mind.

Neuropresenting ® is a unique and powerful blend of adult learning, professional presenting, influential communication and neuroscience principles all packaged up into an innovative and highly interactive professional development programme to help you to become a confident and powerful presenter.

Simply being an engaging or a charismatic presenter is just not enough for organisations and audiences seeking action and change.  Presenting is just as much a science as it is art and practice.  With a few small tweaks to a presentation you can be assured the intended message is communicated.  Most of the Neuropresenting attendees have been shocked at how little they knew about how our audience is learning, processing or remembering their presentations. Once you know this stuff, you can’t ‘un-know’ it. Your slides, presentation structure, the way you communicate, your stories and even how you lead others will be transformed.

It is the first programme of its kind and is receiving rave reviews from its attendees. The original programme was Nationally Accredited as a Diploma qualification in 2016 with the expert advice of an impressive advisory board although it’s the 3-day professional development immersion that is proving popular for busy professionals.

The programme is a ‘must attend’ professional development opportunity for professional and emerging speakers, trainers, business leaders, workplace presenters, executives, consultants, coaches and business owners who want to be more engaging and influential from the front of the room or even those who present on-line.

Paula Smith (GITP Director and Neuropresenting ® Principal Trainer) has been training and speaking in this space for the past 30 years. Paula developed the first qualification in Presenting in Australia several years ago and is recognised as the leading expert in Presentation Intelligence ®. Paula is a (CSP) Certified Professional and has robust tertiary qualifications and professional training in adult learning, education, neuroscience and leadership. Her master’s degree research in leadership communication also adds a level of knowledge to the programme rarely seen in other presenting courses.

The Neuropresenting ® programme includes:

14 ‘Neuropresenting ® Principle’s for trainers and presenters
Presentation Intelligence ®
Exploring the learning brain
Brain-friendly learning environments
Presentation design and structure using ‘Neuropresenting Principles’
Advanced presentation delivery
Platform skills
Presenting art and science
Adult learning theories and practice
Crafting and delivering powerful stories that matter
Innovative presenting practices and thought leadership
NLP and the world we live and learn in
Workshop and Keynote craft
Methodology magic
Presenting to media
Your authentic presenting style
Speaking influence
Confidence, connection and charisma

 

A few words from some happy Neuropresenting graduates:

Just a quick thank you for the outstanding course. It has both blown and opened my mind to all the exciting possibilities.  I have now officially got over my fear of speaking. My next speaking engagement after your course was a resounding success – I finally had a structure for my presentation and almost no nerves and fear beforehand. That’s a first. I was confident, clear, concise and apparently, I rocked the audience. So, thank you from the bottom of my little introverted heart for what you have done for me so far.

Sheryl Fisher – CEO Outback Initiatives

Wow what an experience. I enjoy training and speaking and wanted to take my skills to the next level and with this Diploma, I think I have!  The introduction to neuroscience and brain-friendly methods has led me to focus even more on the needs of the participant and ensure everyone gets a valuable learning experience.  The practical, hands on aspects also mean that any lingering self-doubts and nervousness about presenting, have been quickly driven away.  I learnt so much and walked away with quality knowledge and new skills which I can’t wait to put into practice. I have thoroughly enjoyed undertaking Neuropresenting and can highly recommend it to anyone looking to enhance their skills as a purpose-driven presenter.

Carrie Puzzar – Human Resource Specialist and Trainer

The Neuropresenting course exceeded my expectations. I had just been awarded a Churchill Fellowship and was now being invited to speak at conferences and deliver training sessions. I knew I needed to develop my presenting skills…and fast. The course was recommended to me by a previous attendee who raved about the course. Working as an expert in the Neurodiversity field too, I loved the theory side of the programme but the practical application and interactive nature of the course was brilliant. The transformation of all attendees, including more experienced speakers, was amazing in such a short amount of time. Thank you so much Paula for such an amazing experience.

Shelly Dival – Autism Design Specialist. Churchill Fellow. Advocate for enabling environments

 

Our next Neuropresenting ® 3-day immersion is being delivered in Perth from May 13th -15th 2020 and Sydney from May 27th-29th. 
The cost is $2,450 per person (early bird) including a comprehensive learning resource pack. 

Paula is looking forward to delivering Neuropresenting ® in London later in the year. You can register your interest to be first in line. We also love to present this programme in-house and can customised and contexualise the professional development journey for your key people.  We can also partner with your association if you are interested in hosting a Neuropresenting ® programme for your members or clients.

To register for our next public programmes or to host a Neuropresenting ® programme anywhere across the globe email paulasmith@gitp.com.au

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Master Classes With a Difference

GITP’s master classes stand out in a crowded market place.

We were pretty excited to launch our comprehensive set of leading-edge master classes in 2018, although most of our expert trainers have been presenting in their area of expertise for many years.

Being in the training industry for the past 30 years, I can’t remember how many times I have heard the ‘boring training’ complaints and debates.  There is an old saying in the industry that states that there are no boring training topics, only boring trainers.  If this is the case, whey are there still so many trainers out there delivering training that people want to escape from and never return?

Training, workshops or presentations that are engaging and dynamic are the ones that people want to attend and because they are actively engaged in the content, they learn and remember the information and training so much better.

Our master classes are designed to be highly interactive with relevant and up to date content, delivered by purpose-driven trainers and experts. The ones who invest their time learning how to be exceptional trainers and presenters.

No more boring workbooks; only brain-friendly, active discussions and methods that create real change for you and your organisation.

Although we have created 30 master classes, we also offer bespoke solutions if one of our master classes cannot be customised or contexualised to your organisational needs.

We hope you enjoy the GITP difference.

 

Paula Smith – CEOPaula Smith CSP

Who decides who is an expert?

I have always been a little addicted to learning.

I love to continually hone skills, extend my knowledge base and attend professional development events so I can be of better service to my clients. Even after 30 years in my area of expertise I still look for opportunities to grow my knowledge and skill base. This year I decided to finally finish my master’s research degree. A big decision for a busy professional. It almost felt a little self-indulgent to spend days hidden away reading, researching and writing about all the things I love.

I am now at the final stages of my thesis and although I have immersed myself in powerful presenting for over 30 years, my master’s research has been digging a little deeper into leadership communication and story. I look forward to sharing my research through my work in the coming months and years. So, why did I want to extend my knowledge and expertise? well I like to think I am an expert in my industry and an expert is always trying to stay current and relevant.  I also work with experts and I coach experts.  During my master’s studies though, there was much discussion and debate about what defines an expert and who I could reference during my research. It really got me thinking about the term expert and who decides who is an expert?

According to the Cambridge Dictionary and expert is ‘a person with a high level of knowledge or skill relating to a particular subject or activity’

And Wikipedia says ‘An expert is someone who has a prolonged or intense experience through practice and education in a particular field’  I do like this one

Many professionals, like speakers and educators, learn deep, very deep; they become recognised industry experts. You may have noticed the word ‘expert’ being loosely thrown about these days. Some argue that expertise come from lived experience and not by getting a ‘piece of paper’, others argue that years of study or a qualification proves you’re an expert. I am a solid believer it’s lots of both. Lived experience is essential but also studying the insights from others in your field opens your mind to different perspectives and views. It gives you the opportunity to critically analyse past and current theories and practices and to conduct your own research in your area of expertise.

There is also the concept of the 10,000-hour rule.  This is derived from the work of psychologist K. Anders Ericsson, who studied the way people become experts in their fields. Author Malcolm Gladwell popularised the concept in his book “Outliers. Many have criticised or debunked this theory like the co-author of the book Peak Performance Brad Stulberg. He stated psychological research indicates expertise is really developed based on the way you practice, rather than the time you devote. This makes much more sense to me.  Even so, the 10,000-hour rule is a great ‘check in’ on how much time you have devoted to honing your skills.

I have found my clients don’t like paying for speakers or trainers who only share what anyone can quickly find on google; clients pay for the extra insights or gold nuggets experts share. They also pay for the way this gold is communicated and contexualised saving individuals and organisations time and money. Experts spend their life (or a large proportion of it) researching and exploring their area of expertise so you don’t have to, and they love nothing more than to share their findings with others.

Are you an expert? 

What have you been studying or exploring lately
to better serve your clients?

Next time you hear the word ‘expert’ what will you think? Are they really an expert? Are they a fake expert? Or are they an expert on a lifelong journey mastering their expertise along the way.

Paula Smith
Your expert in Presentation Intelligence ®
Keynote speaker CSP, master trainer, author and business leadership coach.

Paula is also the CEO of The Global Institute of Training and Presenting. GITP contracts many experts across a diverse range of industries and topics.

Feel free to reach out if you are looking for an expert to help you to achieve your personal, professional or organisational goals. Or reach out if you are an expert needing help to communicate/present your expertise.

IMPACT Workforce Development Magazine launches

Welcome to IMPACT

Your Workforce Development Magazine

The future workplace is already here – Are you ready?

The Global Institute of Training and Presenting is proud to launch IMPACT, a quarterly workforce development magazine filled with articles, tips, stories, research and information about working in, or leading, tomorrow’s workforce today. We are really proud of our first ‘Bumper Issue’.  IMPACT has something for everyone.

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A message from GITP CEO and Editor of IMPACT

I’m a little bit obsessed with quality training and presenting. In fact, I’ve immersed myself in the training and speaking industry for the past 30 years. I have been fortunate enough to work with some amazing organisations over the years helping to develop their key people and even luckier to meet many amazing experts and specialists who are always keen to share their expertise.

Welcome to IMPACT. It is my pleasure to bring you a workforce development magazine that everyone in your organisation will enjoy. There is a lot of talk about planning for the future workplace, but if you haven’t noticed, the future workplace is already here. Are you ready to embrace it?
From leadership strategies to work-life balance tips, from workplace wellness stories to why play is critical in the workplace and everything in between, there is a lot to enjoy in IMPACT.

All business is about relationships, I am confident you will find an article in IMPACT that can help you to build better relationships and communicate more effectively. so you can get on with doing business.

We will endeavour to bring you relevant articles, global best practices, tips, stories and research on how we can all thrive at work and in life.

IMPACT is brought to you by the Global Institute of Training and Presenting. We thank you in advance for sharing our magazine with those you think will enjoy the read.
If you have something of value that can help others make an impact, get in touch. We are always looking for IMPACT contributors for future editions.

Welcome to the GITP and the IMPACT community.  Let’s make an impact together.

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PAULA SMITH 
CEO of the Global Institute of Training and Presenting
Professional Speaker CSP, Author and your expert in Presentation Intelligence
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