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Frequently Asked Questions about Public Speaking and Presentations

Frequently Asked Questions About Public Speaking and Presentations

Public Speaking and Presentations FAQ’s

Frequently Asked Questions about Public Speaking and PresentationsFirst Published: 22/6/10
Last Update: 08/09/12
Author: Doug Weller
Words: 584

Q How long is too long for a presentation?

A Research has shown that the average participant begins to lose concentration after seven minutes. Keep your presentation short and sharp, ask questions and wait for the audience to answer. Use props that illustrate your topic.

Q Should I personalise my presentation?

A Yes. Understand your audience. Make sure the presentation is relevant. While you are preparing your presentation you should be asking yourself “Who is my audience” “What is my objective”. Customising the presentation, or making it personal for the audience, reinforces their learning. You want to audience to hear your presentation, but also learn from it and retain the information you have imparted.

Q Timing?

A It is essential you get this right.  Stick to your allotted time. Make sure you have timed your presentation beforehand to ensure you don’t go over time. If you go over time you may be asked to finish before you are ready. If you go under time people may feel short-changed.

Q What if I am nervous?

A Many people have a fear of public speaking. Extra preparation here is essential to overcome nerves. Take the heat off yourself by involving the audience early. Short video clips, overheads or a computer presentation can take the focus off you at any time. Take deep breaths before you speak and don’t rush – the audience isn’t going anywhere.  Speak Slowly. Don’t be concerned if you make a mistake or trip over a word, just keep going like nothing happened. Rehearse!!

Q Can I pause during my presentation?

A Yes. This is not only a very effective way of getting audience attention it also allows you to gather your thoughts. What seems like a long pause for you, will probably only be very brief.

Q Where do I look during the presentation?

A Try to make eye contact with as many as people as possible, but don’t get distracted by your audience.

Q Equipment and venue?

A Don’t sabotage yourself by being unaware of the type of equipment you will be using during your presentation. Arrive early and become familiar with all the equipment, layout of the room and presentation areas. Inform the AV staff of your requirements. If possible, do a rehearsal at the venue.

Q What do I wear?

A You want people to take notice of your presentation, not your outfit. Wear plain but professional clothes. Very bright colours or unusual bright patterns can distract participants.

Q What apparel should I avoid?

A You should avoid heavy bulky jackets, large scarfs or wraps and materials that allow light to shine through. Avoid anything too low cut, distracting or untidy. Avoid big and bulky pieces of jewellery.

Q How do I finish off?

A Recap. Make sure everyone hears your main points again. “Let me finish on this very important note…” Or “In summary, the three things I’d like you to remember from today are…”

Q Should I stay at the end of my presentation?

A Yes. Those who really enjoyed your presentation may want to chat afterwards. These are the people who were really impressed with you and what you had to say. They may need to ask more questions. Make sure you have time to stay and chat to these people after your presentation.

Q Should I hand out a copy of my presentation afterwards?

A Yes. But keep your notes concise, no waffling. If possible, retain some of the detail from your presentation and ad-lib, so people will listen to you, rather than read your presentation while you are speaking.

Make an enquiry now or call us on 1300 737 913 or +61 412 298 905

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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked questions

What is Corporate Media Services’ training philosophy?

Corporate Media Services aims to empower participants with the necessary skills and confidence to effectively manage their own real-life media situations.

Confidence building and empowerment are at the core of our training philosophy.

We believe in providing a challenging but non-threatening learning experience so that trainees gain the maximum benefit from our courses.

Does Corporate Media Services provide training nationally?

Yes. We conduct our training courses throughout Australia and the South Pacific. Most of our courses are conducted in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra, Adelaide, Perth Hobart and Darwin. We also conduct many courses in regional centres.

Are the courses conducted in a studio?

In reality, the vast majority of media interviews are conducted over the phone, face to face in an office environment or outdoors. Corporate Media Services replicates these conditions so our participants undergo a realistic media interview experience.

Some TV networks will conduct TV news and current affairs interviews at your premises. Corporate Media Services replicates these conditions by creating an onsite realistic interview environment with a TV news industry standard camera, TV lights and production unit at your premises.

If purpose built studios are required Corporate Media Services will provide
state-of-the-art radio and TV studios.

We pride ourselves in training our participants to be ready for real life media situations.

What is the cost of the media training programs?

As course costs can vary due to the different options and inclusions available, pricing will be discussed in detail based on your requirements prior to issuing a proposal.

Contact us to discuss your requirements and receive a proposal.

Do participants receive a manual?

Yes. Our media training manuals are constantly updated to keep abreast of the changing media trends.

Can observers sit in on the course?

Yes, we also allow an unlimited number of observers to view the media training course at no extra charge. Observers do not undergo practical interview sessions but are free to view them.

What are the maximum participant numbers?

We recommend a limit of 3 participants for a half-day course and 5 participants for a full-day course (participant numbers for multi-day media training courses vary depending on your brief.)

These recommended limits allow participants maximum exposure to the practical interview components of the course, ensuring optimum benefit from the training.

Although these limits are recommended and preferred, we do allow flexibility of numbers and can discuss this with you in greater detail before issuing a proposal.

Do participants receive a DVD of their interviews?

Yes. Each participant gets the ONLY copy of their interviews to ensure confidentiality.

Are participants’ interviews recorded and/or filmed?

Yes. All participants are interviewed by the trainer (a qualified and experienced journalist) about relevant topics. Each interview is recorded and/or filmed by a certified TV camera and operator, enabling participants to review their progress and receive feedback.

What are the media trainers’ credentials?

Our highly professional media training team is comprised of experienced news and current affairs journalists and camera-people who are committed to giving participants the skills to deal with real-life media situations.

Our training team brings a wealth of knowledge to our media training courses, providing an engaging, entertaining and relevant learning experience. Their proven success working in news media makes them experts in their field. Read more about our trainers here.

Do you offer Crisis Media Training courses?

Yes. An outline of our crisis media training course is available here. We are also happy to send you a proposal.

Are your media training courses updated?

Yes. Our media training courses are constantly updated to keep abreast of the changing media trends.

Do you cover all mediums?

Yes. We cover print, radio, television, new and online media. We can focus on all or some of these mediums, depending on your brief.

What is Corporate Media Services’ training philosophy?

Corporate Media Services aims to give participants with the necessary skills and confidence to effectively manage their own real-life media situations.

Confidence building and empowerment are at the core of our media training philosophy.

We believe in providing a challenging but non-threatening learning experience so the participants gain the maximum benefit from our media courses.

Are your media training courses customised to suit all levels of experience?

Yes. All of our media training courses are fully customised to meet the needs of beginners, through to advanced levels. We DO NOT believe in a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach.

We recognise that each client has individual issues and unique requirements.

We offer the highest levels of personalised service to ensure the media training we provide is specifically tailored to meet your issues and needs. After thorough discussion with you, we provide a media training course that is customised precisely to suit your requirements.

What is the duration of a media training course?

Corporate Media Services conducts half-day, full-day and multi-day media training courses.

A half-day course can be scheduled as either a morning or an afternoon session. Full-day and multi-day media training courses are run within normal business hours.

Make an enquiry now or call us on 1300 737 913

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked questions

What is Corporate Media Services’ training philosophy?

Corporate Media Services aims to empower participants with the necessary skills and confidence to effectively manage their own real-life media situations.

Confidence building and empowerment are at the core of our training philosophy.

We believe in providing a challenging but non-threatening learning experience so that trainees gain the maximum benefit from our courses.

Does Corporate Media Services provide training nationally?

Yes. We conduct our training courses throughout Australia and the South Pacific. Most of our courses are conducted in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra, Adelaide, Perth Hobart and Darwin. We also conduct many courses in regional centres.

Are the courses conducted in a studio?

In reality, the vast majority of media interviews are conducted over the phone, face to face in an office environment or outdoors. Corporate Media Services replicates these conditions so our participants undergo a realistic media interview experience.

Some TV networks will conduct TV news and current affairs interviews at your premises. Corporate Media Services replicates these conditions by creating an onsite realistic interview environment with a TV news industry standard camera, TV lights and production unit at your premises.

If purpose built studios are required Corporate Media Services will provide
state-of-the-art radio and TV studios.

We pride ourselves in training our participants to be ready for real life media situations.

What is the cost of the media training programs?

As course costs can vary due to the different options and inclusions available, pricing will be discussed in detail based on your requirements prior to issuing a proposal.

Contact us to discuss your requirements and receive a proposal.

Do participants receive a manual?

Yes. Our media training manuals are constantly updated to keep abreast of the changing media trends.

Can observers sit in on the course?

Yes, we also allow an unlimited number of observers to view the media training course at no extra charge. Observers do not undergo practical interview sessions but are free to view them.

What are the maximum participant numbers?

We recommend a limit of 3 participants for a half-day course and 5 participants for a full-day course (participant numbers for multi-day media training courses vary depending on your brief.)

These recommended limits allow participants maximum exposure to the practical interview components of the course, ensuring optimum benefit from the training.

Although these limits are recommended and preferred, we do allow flexibility of numbers and can discuss this with you in greater detail before issuing a proposal.

Do participants receive a DVD of their interviews?

Yes. Each participant gets the ONLY copy of their interviews to ensure confidentiality.

Are participants’ interviews recorded and/or filmed?

Yes. All participants are interviewed by the trainer (a qualified and experienced journalist) about relevant topics. Each interview is recorded and/or filmed by a certified TV camera and operator, enabling participants to review their progress and receive feedback.

What are the media trainers’ credentials?

Our highly professional media training team is comprised of experienced news and current affairs journalists and camera-people who are committed to giving participants the skills to deal with real-life media situations.

Our training team brings a wealth of knowledge to our media training courses, providing an engaging, entertaining and relevant learning experience. Their proven success working in news media makes them experts in their field. Read more about our trainers here.

Do you offer Crisis Media Training courses?

Yes. An outline of our crisis media training course is available here. We are also happy to send you a proposal.

Are your media training courses updated?

Yes. Our media training courses are constantly updated to keep abreast of the changing media trends.

Do you cover all mediums?

Yes. We cover print, radio, television, new and online media. We can focus on all or some of these mediums, depending on your brief.

What is Corporate Media Services’ training philosophy?

Corporate Media Services aims to give participants with the necessary skills and confidence to effectively manage their own real-life media situations.

Confidence building and empowerment are at the core of our media training philosophy.

We believe in providing a challenging but non-threatening learning experience so the participants gain the maximum benefit from our media courses.

Are your media training courses customised to suit all levels of experience?

Yes. All of our media training courses are fully customised to meet the needs of beginners, through to advanced levels. We DO NOT believe in a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach.

We recognise that each client has individual issues and unique requirements.

We offer the highest levels of personalised service to ensure the media training we provide is specifically tailored to meet your issues and needs. After thorough discussion with you, we provide a media training course that is customised precisely to suit your requirements.

What is the duration of a media training course?

Corporate Media Services conducts half-day, full-day and multi-day media training courses.

A half-day course can be scheduled as either a morning or an afternoon session. Full-day and multi-day media training courses are run within normal business hours.

Make an enquiry now or call us on 1300 737 913

Frequently Asked Questions about Public Speaking and Presentations

Frequently Asked Questions About Public Speaking and Presentations

Public Speaking and Presentations FAQ’s

Frequently Asked Questions about Public Speaking and PresentationsFirst Published: 22/6/10
Last Update: 08/09/12
Author: Doug Weller
Words: 584

Q How long is too long for a presentation?

A Research has shown that the average participant begins to lose concentration after seven minutes. Keep your presentation short and sharp, ask questions and wait for the audience to answer. Use props that illustrate your topic.

Q Should I personalise my presentation?

A Yes. Understand your audience. Make sure the presentation is relevant. While you are preparing your presentation you should be asking yourself “Who is my audience” “What is my objective”. Customising the presentation, or making it personal for the audience, reinforces their learning. You want to audience to hear your presentation, but also learn from it and retain the information you have imparted.

Q Timing?

A It is essential you get this right.  Stick to your allotted time. Make sure you have timed your presentation beforehand to ensure you don’t go over time. If you go over time you may be asked to finish before you are ready. If you go under time people may feel short-changed.

Q What if I am nervous?

A Many people have a fear of public speaking. Extra preparation here is essential to overcome nerves. Take the heat off yourself by involving the audience early. Short video clips, overheads or a computer presentation can take the focus off you at any time. Take deep breaths before you speak and don’t rush – the audience isn’t going anywhere.  Speak Slowly. Don’t be concerned if you make a mistake or trip over a word, just keep going like nothing happened. Rehearse!!

Q Can I pause during my presentation?

A Yes. This is not only a very effective way of getting audience attention it also allows you to gather your thoughts. What seems like a long pause for you, will probably only be very brief.

Q Where do I look during the presentation?

A Try to make eye contact with as many as people as possible, but don’t get distracted by your audience.

Q Equipment and venue?

A Don’t sabotage yourself by being unaware of the type of equipment you will be using during your presentation. Arrive early and become familiar with all the equipment, layout of the room and presentation areas. Inform the AV staff of your requirements. If possible, do a rehearsal at the venue.

Q What do I wear?

A You want people to take notice of your presentation, not your outfit. Wear plain but professional clothes. Very bright colours or unusual bright patterns can distract participants.

Q What apparel should I avoid?

A You should avoid heavy bulky jackets, large scarfs or wraps and materials that allow light to shine through. Avoid anything too low cut, distracting or untidy. Avoid big and bulky pieces of jewellery.

Q How do I finish off?

A Recap. Make sure everyone hears your main points again. “Let me finish on this very important note…” Or “In summary, the three things I’d like you to remember from today are…”

Q Should I stay at the end of my presentation?

A Yes. Those who really enjoyed your presentation may want to chat afterwards. These are the people who were really impressed with you and what you had to say. They may need to ask more questions. Make sure you have time to stay and chat to these people after your presentation.

Q Should I hand out a copy of my presentation afterwards?

A Yes. But keep your notes concise, no waffling. If possible, retain some of the detail from your presentation and ad-lib, so people will listen to you, rather than read your presentation while you are speaking.

Make an enquiry now or call us on 1300 737 913 or +61 412 298 905