Communicating On Camera
It’s hard enough engaging people face to face but when there’s a screen between us, a whole host of insecurities rise to the surface. Some people have no issue talking to a camera; for most of us it is problematic. Currently we are either relying on screens or phones to reach our colleagues and customers. It’s not easy to assess the impact we may be having on the person watching or listening to us.
Do get in touch if I can help you or your people define, refine or re-think these much-needed online communication skills.
It can be hard work crafting the business relationships and working environment you need just to get on with your job! Every day we’re either building, maintaining, repairing or strengthening an important relationship with a colleague or client so our communication skill needs to be in top condition. Like any muscle, your communication muscle benefits from attention and exercise.
Loud Isn't Everything
Over the past 30 years I’ve worked with many excellent business people who feel disadvantaged because they are quiet and naturally reserved. They can feel beaten down with feedback which questions their commitment just because they aren’t constantly “contributing” in the meeting. Even the words “presence” and “presenting” make them recoil in horror. In my experience, the quietest people can become the most gifted communicators when they find and develop their most comfortable self. This lies at the heart of what we mean when we talk about people who have “presence”. Loud isn’t everything!
People Buy People
The way you present yourself and your ideas really matters to you and your organisation. Whether you’re selling pasties, policies or your own potential; whether it’s a five-minute phone call, a fifteen minute meeting or a full formal presentation to clients or colleagues, the way you present yourself in your everyday dealings with others can have a lasting impact on your future, and your organisation’s success.
The way you present yourself matters.
Actually, some people can! But instinct is a powerful tool. Think back to the last time you knew you were talking to someone who was only acting as if they were interested. What an exhausting life! All that effort to fake interest when they could be spending their time actually being in the present moment which would seriously enhance their relationship with you. A great communicator knows this.
How I Work
When I've understood what you and your team are trying to achieve, I will work with you to design a workshop which best fits your needs. Alternatively, you might want to choose one or more of my twenty popular modules to create your own tailored workshop. With my guidance, you will work on your chosen modules and get detailed feedback. After you’ve all had a chance to try out your newly refined skills back in the workplace, I’ll check on your progress and if you decide you and your colleagues want to move on to a coaching programme, together we’ll plan the best way to do that. It could be an intensive one-to-one programme stretching across a particular project. It could be a regular individual coaching appointment in the diary. It could be a series of days in the business year where different individuals book “drop-in” meetings for personal coaching.
We need to make it a perfect fit for you and your team.
The way you present yourself matters, and you'll have my support every step of the way.
My 20 Modules
Developing your professional presence
Designing a seamless presentation
Communicating meaning and relevance
Communicating complex ideas to people who don't know your subject area
Communicating simply and effectively who you are and what you do
Designing your promotion pitch
Being confident and articulate during meetings
Moving in a relaxed and professional manner with any group of people
Responding effectively rather than reacting immediately to situations
Increasing the power and impact of your voice
Telling engaging stories to make an important point
Using pause to increase impact and confidence
Presenting with and without notes
Being a purposeful listener
Delivering the kind of feedback that helps people develop their skills and confidence
Learning how to deliver difficult messages
Dealing with people when they appear difficult and ask difficult questions
Creating a powerful team presentation
Rehearsing an important presentation to the point where you can't wait to do it
I thought it was important to take the time to provide you with feedback on the difference attending your Executive Presence course has made to me on so many levels. The key thing that I valued during the course was taking the time to reflect on how I communicate and present myself in a variety of scenarios. The lessons that I learnt have been invaluable on a professional and personal front, I truly feel that I now have the confidence to be present as myself.
Simone Thomas / HR Business Partner at Capgemini Consulting