It’s one thing to be adept at working the room when you can make eye contact, gauge body language and engage people physically. It’s another when you’re faced with only a mute button, static and the creeping fear that your audience may have fallen asleep – or a video chat screen that pops back and forth between speakers, lag and all. Yet due to stricter budgets, tighter time lines and higher expectations, making critical presentations from a distance has become a daily reality for presenters everywhere. So how the heck can you rivet an audience when you can’t really see them? Is it even possible to bring creativity into it? To make them feel something? And how can you change things up if you can’t tell what’s working and what’s not? Sure, there are challenges, but there are also countless tricks and techniques to being a remote presenting powerhouse.
In this dynamic workshop, you’ll learn both the fundamentals and finesses of presenting without the benefit of true ‘face-to-face’. From the psychological skills of setting expectations, reading voices for reactions and being ‘emphatic and dramatic’, to the practical ones of setting agendas, writing notes as scripts, and selecting and using the right presentation tools - we cover everything from planning to delivery.
You’ll take on challenges blindfolded to recreate the realities of phone pitching, critique each other for a harsh reality check, develop eye-popping opening lines and learn to tell stories not just with words, but with inflection and emphasis. And by workshop’s end, you’ll have as much confidence on the end of a speakerphone as they do in person.
All Combustion workshops come complete with a strategic sustainment program to make sure learning stays alive long after we’re gone.