Support for Conferences / Speakers Presentations
After coaching we can raise performance levels well above
the national average
We help individuals who speak at conferences and other
important events. For many this is not frequent so they find
it an ordeal. They are in the limelight and wish to perform
well in their own right and also as representatives of their
company. Alternatively some are experienced conference
speakers but welcome our support to save them time and
ensure they perform superbly. As outsiders we are used to
being candid yet fully supportive.
We also help companies
to run their own conferences. Here we are involved at the
planning stage and give help with:
- Cohesive messages within a theme
- Coaching individuals to perform well
- Stage management issues before and during the
But we are not “event organisers” or visual and other
multimedia suppliers. We are very happy to work with
other suppliers, but clearly define our area of support
in detail as:
- First, that the various presenters have messages
that will be understood and remembered. All too
often the presenter’s content is too fact laden and
abstract, reinforced by copious visual aids. We look
very hard at what the listeners might remember
afterwards. Simply put: can listeners retell the
main messages after the conference is over?
- Second, that the listeners leave with a positive
view of the speaker's personality. They should be
inspired by the speaker's conviction, integrity and
even passion for the issue being presented. We know
that in many situations the power of personality
transcends the message. We have a clear idea of why
speakers find it so hard to get their personality
across in such situations.
We support in three ways:
- Preparation of the messages. We do not write
speeches but will help to structure the content
to bring out the key messages and give advice on
how to make them memorable. In many situations
we are sent draft scripts which we work on and
return with improvements.
- Coaching the speakers. Should a speaker wish
to read from a script we can show them how to do
it without necessarily having to use an autocue.
If working from notes we ensure that the talk is
easy to give, understand and remember.
- Stage Management. This can cover a variety
of issues both in preparation and at the actual
event. Our input has included:
- Preparing a schedule for rehearsals and
production of scripts and visuals.
- Conducting the rehearsals.
- Helping with room layout, lighting,
heating, refreshments etc.
- Advice on use of multimedia content and
- Using creative ideas to stimulate the
audience such as writing a playlet around a
serious business issue.
Our advice covers many areas. We might
run a single session with an individual who
wants to rehearse and get frank feedback, or
work alongside an events firm over a number
of weeks to assist at an important