Small-Group Workshops

– these can be run over 2 x half-days or 1 x full-day

Benefits of running half-day workshops:

  • Interactive, well-paced workshops
  • The time between sessions gives the opportunity to practise techniques
  • Small groups, allowing more personal, individual and peer to peer feedback
  • Less ‘info overload’ through the course with the content being split in half

We start with a short interview to identify each individual’s communication priorities, to ensure long term benefits, validate my approach and its relevance to the group and introduce some key principles of successful communication.

A good example of a group workshop is the sessions I run with Galbraith LLP.

Typical Small Group Workshop Outline

Session 1:

The Natural “Model of Excellence”

  • Natural style and how it is achieved under pressure
  • Developing rapport – natural skills in action
  • Different aspects of pace
  • Controlling the attention of the listener and demonstrating commitment
  • Natural eye contact and its impact on the audience
  • Effects of stress and the control of adrenalin
  • Practical exercise

Making the Right Impression

  • The use of appropriate prompts for meetings and presentations
  • How to prepare and use prompts effectively
  • Time management
  • Practical exercise

Session 2:

Preparation of structure

  • Audience analysis
  • Structuring memorable, clear, concise communication to promote discussion
  • Establishing key issues
  • Motivating the listener into action

Using visual aids

  • Effective use of handouts/slides for presentations/meetings
  • Using visuals to support the message and not distract the listener
  • Holding the listener’s attention – and keeping it
  • Controlling the audience’s interpretation

Handling Questions

  • Achieving a conversational style
  • Handling difficult questions, positive replies.

Final Exercise

  • Everyone gives a short presentation followed by Q&A
  • Each presentation will then be reviewed with video feedback

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