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John Child
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Presentation Skills and Communications Training - Getting your point across and your message consistent

In todays world of communications overload getting your point across is key. Nobody understands this better than John Child. As founder of PresentationSkills101, John has been able to build training based on his ever growing passion for communication. Helping you deliver your key message.

With a career in data analysis and presentation consultancy spanning over 20 years John is better placed than most to understand the need for consistency and focus in your message.

An experienced presenter and consultant

His experience working with large scale training operations and marketing departments brought him back to his real passion. Teaching presentation skills.

Over the years John has developed a reputation as an expert small business consultant and public speaker. He is a former member of the National Speakers Association. The author of a well received small business guide and creator of the Trinity Coaching model.

Known as a walking encyclopedia of presentation success, PresentationSkills101 can ensure that you receive the best and most up to date advice and training, whatever your company field.

Tailored solutions

John has advised many businesses and individuals and brings his philosophy of tailored solutions to PresentationSkills101. We understand that different organisations have different needs. That's why we've developed at your desk training, as well as group workshops and even off the shelf downloadable solutions.

5 Tips for a better presentation
(and a bit about me...)

It's often been said that if turn your passion into work then you'll never have to work at all. When I left school in 1991 I took a college course in business studies. It was a new course and we were the guinea pigs. Every assignment resulted in a presentation and we ended up doing solo and group presentations about three times a week. It took me a couple of weeks to find the course rhythm but once I did I loved it. I began to really look forward to each time I got to stand up and speak. I liked the thrill of having a room listen to me but I also loved the idea that I was teaching people something.

Tip 1: Presentations are much easier
if you know your subject.

As time went on my confidence grew and I started to take more notice of what other people were doing. There were a lot of people who seemed to crash and burn. I began to take notice and figure out why. Once I worked out what hadn't worked for them I built the lesson into my own talks. It worked. I aced the course and along the way became an informal coach to my peers. At least once a week I'd find an empty room and coach a few people from the course. We'd use there own material so that they knew their speech backwards.

Tip 2: Rehearse (with a friend if possible).
You will be much clearer in delivery.

From there I went to University and then into the world of business. Somehow I ended up working in the training department of GE Capital. You may know them as the multi-national provider of in-store finance. My role, building training materials rapidly expanded into designing management Information presentations (MI) and consulting with other departments on their use of Powerpoint. I also became part of the induction delivery team.While at GE I took the chance to get some formal training in presentation skills and communications (after all I was building and delivering the training I should at least get the certificates).

Tip 3: Know your objective. Is it to Inform? Sell?
All communication is presentation.
It is not 'one size fits all.'

I took this training into the world of FMCG marketing. It's a very sales led industry and very analysis led. Here I was back to 3 presentations per week only this time my role was to build data analysis and produce recommendations for the client (a multiple supermarket retailer). The result of my recommendations hit shelf within 3 days. An exercise in accuracy and deadlines! At this point I was starting to think that good presentation skills were not usual. A fact born out by the fact that the Excel analysis I was doing was saving the client a lot of money (£22million in one week). My presentation skills earned me the dubious honour of being the youngest FMCG Marketing Manager in the UK at the time. All because of my passion for straight-forward communication.

Tip 4: Check and double check your presentation materials. One spelling mistake can detract from your whole message.

After a brief period working in a training department for the NHS I became a life coach specialising in work with small businesses. Through this work I discovered that the issues faced by localised industry are not the same as for national employers. They have similar but different needs. I realised that a one size fits all approach is no longer relevant or useful when teaching or talking about key business and personal skills. Even people in the same organisation can have different needs and issues.

Tip 5: Know your audience. What are the issues that they are concerned with. Does your presentation focus on the right points for them right now?

Following a few years working for a national charity in their customer service and resourcing functions I have now returned to my real passion. Training communications. Communication is the one key skill that can improve the quality of your life and your business. It seems amazing to me that I now have over 20 years experience (both formally and informally) of teaching these skills.

How to contact us:

By email:
askus@presentationskills.com

By skype:
presentationskills101

By telephone:
07920 292267

 

 

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