Workshop Curriculum & Customization
All seminars are based on one or more of the following 8 SpeechDeck principles,
each with an associated color code.
You can schedule a customized, in-depth 90 minute workshop on any one of these principles or the additional modules shown in gray:
1Clarify your Content - Black
The black and white of your message must be clear.
No amount of "color" will help, unless the core message is simple, clear, and logically organized.
Because all communication starts with a clear message,
this topic is included in detail in all courses.
2Inject Anticipation - Red
It doesn't matter how clear your message is if no one is listening.
Anticipation is about getting the listener's attention at each transition
and holding that attention to the end.
When done properly, the speaker can generate interest and make people listen
(even if they don't want to).
3Develop Relationships - Orange
To develop rapport with the listener, you must form and build relationships.
Groups that already know each other well, may already share a group rapport.
This principle is most important when speaking to new audiences, attempting persuasion,
or when audience analysis is paramount.
4Reveal the Messenger - Yellow
The quality of the message is largely based on the impression made by the messenger (you).
To establish legitimacy, credibility, and authenticity, speakers must share
something of themselves.
This is often the single most important principle to transform
ordinary communication into the extraordinary.
Recommended for all.
5Encourage Participation - Green
If a listener is not participating mentally, physically, verbally, or socially,
he or she will not accept or remember your message.
Utilize interpersonal interaction to help the listener understand and comply with your requests.
Essential for sales, recommended highly for business.
6Empower the Individual - Blue
Your message must be made relevant to the listener.
Empowerment includes personalization, self-persuasion, and eliminating obstacles
that might prevent the listener from adopting your message.
This topic is the most commonly needed skill for most of my clients.
Recommended for all.
7Manage the Theater - Indigo
Effective communication requires more than just words.
You also must use the space around you.
This may involve slides, visuals, and body language.
Done properly, the speaker will continuously eliminate distractions and direct the listener's focus of attention.
Recommended for presenters with highly analytical or highly inspirational content.
8Engage the Subconscious - Violet
A logical message is not enough.
We only remember information when it touches us at an internal level.
Verbally you must provide the proper context,
but more importantly you must make a non-verbal, emotional, and non-cognitive impact.
The Truth about Speaking Anxiety
This is not about relaxation techniques and long-term practice.
When members of your group experience fear of public speaking,
this module provides a new perspective on presentation anxiety designed
to completely transform the habits that create that anxiety rut.
Make People Listen to You
Learn the top 3 little-known techniques that take your presentations to the next level fast.
This brief introduction to the SpeechDeck system
serves as a trial workshop for organizations with a small budget or those who
wish to experience Michael's style on a trial basis before committing to a full course.
Schedule a custom workshop
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