Briefing skills, presentation techniques, presentation planning and platform speaking are becoming more important because meetings are taking up more and more of our executive and mid-level management work day. Yet the productivity generated by these intrusions upon our precious time has been declining steadily. We are burying ourselves in a flurry of paper and our ability to communicate orally has decreased.

Using the methods in this course, we attack the problem from two levels. First we enhance the ability of the presenter to communicate ideas through the use of eye contact, proper preparation, and effective use of visuals, i.e., flip charts, chalkboards, viewgraphs, power point, etc. We also concentrate on the ability of the listener to increase his/her absorption of presented materials. It is a speakers responsibility to do everything possible to insure that the audience understands the message and that includes presenting the information in a interesting and intelligent manner so as to increase the effective listening ability of the audience.

Many vital decisions in both government and industry are made on the strength of a briefing given by an employee who may or may not be able to communicate. At the least, this failure could cost money. At its worst, it could cost lives. This 3, 4 or 5 day investment of time will pay dividends.

Personnel at all levels who must make staff briefings, have contact with the press or make briefings to supervision. However support personnel who must help in the preparation of the briefing will benefit by taking the course and learning what it takes to prepare a proper presentation.

To expand the employees' ability to communicate orally and enable them to derive more from meetings by demonstrating:

  • Effective Listening Skills
  • Effective Use of Visuals
  • Body Language Appropriate to the Venue
  • Proper Briefing Preparation Techniques
  • Control of Natural Platform Fears
  • Ability to Handle Hands-On Speaking Situations.

Topics will be presented by short lectures, group discussions, films, individual coaching, and evaluations through video recordings of student briefings.


  • Listening Techniques
  • speaking to the Press
  • Presentation Skills
  • Eliminating Presentation fear, Platform fear, Stage fright
  • Briefing Preparation
  • Visual Preparation
  • Use of Speaking Aids (flip charts, Power Point, Props, etc.)
  • Formal Briefings vs. Informal Briefings

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