Presentation Skills Training

Presentation Skills Training for Job Interview Success

If you’ve an important interview coming up, presentation skills training can help eliminate nerves, build your self-confidence and show you how to sell yourself. 
Pre-interview, there are many thought processes at work which can have a negative effect on the psyche. Subsequently they can be detrimental to our successfulness during the interview process. Here are some examples;
Performance Anxiety – when you’re in front of an interviewer you are expected to perform. Just like an athlete, we can all succumb to the nerves and pressure of having to act a certain way at a particular moment or event.
Self-Fulfilling Prophesies – you tell yourself over and over that you’ll embarrass yourself, get tongue tied, go completely blank and guess what? – It happens.
Exaggerating its Significance – While it may be nice to get the job, the world will not end if you don’t, your wife won’t divorce you and you won’t be ridiculed for trying. You will simply learn from any mistakes you make and move on.
Self-Defeating Thoughts – You insentiently convince yourself that you’re not good enough, qualified enough, or skilled enough to fulfil the role you’ve applied for. With this mind-set – how will you ever convince anyone else to the contrary?
Fixation on Past Experiences – If you’ve had a bad experience in the past, you may fear a repeat performance. This can really cripple a person’s chances of success, especially if they’ve only ever had negative experiences and outcomes.
If any of this sounds familiar, you can overcome these patterns through training or coaching. When you are knowledgeable and familiar with the interview process, your self-confidence will soar. When you can identify the negative thought processes that cause nerves, you will be able to control them and come across as self-assured.
Business Training Direct offer presentation skills training to help you get that job. Our interview skills training is a one-to-one coaching session over half a day. It includes training to control nerves and anxiety, coaching on potential interview questions and a full mock interview with feedback. To find out more, call us on 0845 056 9696.

A Collection of Quotes for Presentation Skills Training

We’ve put together a collection of our favourite quotes about public speaking. Presentation skills training from the ancient Greeks, contemporary comedians and literary greats – you can’t go wrong!
Public Speaking Fear
“According to most studies, people’s number one fear is public speaking.  Number two is death. Death is number two.  Does that sound right?  This means to the average person, if you go to a funeral, you’re better off in the casket than doing the eulogy.” – Jerry Seinfield
"The human brain starts working the moment you are born and never stops, until you stand up to speak in public." – George Jessel
“The fear of being laughed at makes cowards of us all.” – Mignon McLaughlin
“Shyness has a strange element of narcissism, a belief that how we look, how we perform, is truly important to other people.” – Andre Dubus
“There are only two types of speakers in the world. 1. The nervous and 2. Liars.” – Mark Twain
That’s Life!
“There are always three speeches, for every one you actually gave. The one you practiced, the one you gave, and the one you wish you gave”- Dale Carnegie
“It usually takes me more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech”- Mark Twain
“To talk well and eloquently is a very great art, but that an equally great one is to know the right moment to stop.” – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
“Much speech is one thing, well-timed speech is another.” – Sophocles
"Make thyself a craftsman in speech, for thereby thou shalt gain the upper hand." – Inscription found in a 3,000 year-old Egyptian Tomb
Perfect Preparation
“If you don't know what you want to achieve in your presentation your audience never will.” – Harvey Diamond
“90% of how well the talk will go is determined before the speaker steps on the platform.” – Somers White
"It takes one hour of preparation for each minute of presentation"-Wayne Burgraff
“Grasp the subject, the words will follow.” – Cato The Elder
 “In making a speech one must study three points: first, the means of producing persuasion; second, the language; third the proper arrangement of the various parts of the speech.” – Aristotle
“Good communications, written or oral, begins with an understanding of the audience.  If you can get inside their heads, you can find a way to connect.” – Debra Bennetts
"Great is the art of beginning, but greater the art is of ending."– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“A stammering man is never a worthless one.  Physiology can tell you why.  It is an excess of sensibility to the presence of his fellow creature that makes him stammer.” -Thomas Carlyle
“Your best teacher is your last mistake.”- Ralph Nader
“Act as if it were impossible to fail.” – Dorothea Brande
"All you need is something to say, and a burning desire to say it… it doesn't matter where your hands are."- Lou Holtz
“Be who you are, and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.” – Dr. Seuss
“You do not need to be the best; you need to be the best you can be.” – Ian Price (Presentation Skills Training at Business Training Direct)