This module reviews storytelling techniques and classical rhetorical devices that can be used to convert any presentation topic into a TED-style presentation that captivates audiences, maintains attention and sticks in memory.
- What makes stories resonate? What is the source of their power?
- The psychology of immersion in the storyworld
- Story elements: plot, perspective, dialogue, timing, knowledge
- Using suspense to create narrative tension
- Using characters to create emotional immersion
Advanced body language for public speaking
This module covers how to maximise your physical presence using validated behavioural science. It reviews the research and theory around the linkages between body language and effective communication, separating out techniques with only anecdotal evidence from those actually shown to enhance outcomes.
- Breathing and posture
- Movement and gesture
- Engagement and energy
- The neurophysiology of a genuine smile
- They myth of eye contact
- Updated research on Power Posing
- FBI body language truth cues
Preparing for hard questions
Important presentations often provoke hard questions afterwards. This module covers how to predict, prepare for and answer them.
- Three categories of hard question
- Predicting difficult questions
- Drafting a Q&A that works
- Seven hard questions you don’t need to answer
- Advanced techniques for answering hard questions
Group formats and panel discussions
This module covers panel discussions from the perspective of both moderator and panellist: how to frame, guide and moderate a discussion that engages the audience; how to manage problematic panellist behaviour; and how to contribute effectively as a panellist.
- Structured and thorough preparation
- Roles and dynamics
- Avoiding and handling mishaps and problems
- Audience Q&As.