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Presentation University


Presentation University

A Unique Opportunity 

“Speech is power: speech is to persuade, to convert, to compel.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson 

“You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can't get them across, your ideas won't get you anywhere.”  Lee Iacocca


 Competence in a job is gained through experience, education, hard work and basic aptitude.  To develop into a leader, however, competence alone is not enough. 70% of any communication is not what is said, but how it is presented.  What this program will emphasize is the development of a confident, professional, polished presentation style.

 A commanding and confident style is critical for leaders hoping to share their vision and ideas, instruct and train, to direct and motivate and to influence and persuade.  A competent leader who is also an excellent communicator will command attention, get more accomplished, be perceived as more influential and have an easier time inspiring others. Charisma can be developed.

 The experience will be intense, exciting, profitable, eye opening, terrifying, exhilarating, liberating, interesting, fascinating and valuable.


 “Speak clearly, if you speak at all; carve every word before you let it fall.”    Oliver Wendell Holmes

Every participant will be individually taped and critiqued by a communications specialist, their peers and themselves.  They will have this record to keep and review as they become more seasoned and more comfortable with their ability to communicate effectively.

Each person will be able to see himself or herself as others see them.  Then it will be up to them to make changes and modifications in their behavior, deportment, demeanor, appearance, bearing and/or language.  They will have a permanent record that they can share with others and use as a benchmark for measuring improvement.

FORMAT: There will be the following components to the experience:

 Half the world is composed of people who have something to say and can't, and the other half who have nothing to say and keep on saying it.”  Robert Frost

 1. Day One: Orientation: First the basics.  The techniques for effective presentations and professional verbal communication will he highlighted and the procedures will be showcased.  We will take away some of the mystery of speaking, discussing, presenting, influencing, communicating, and debating. 

The first step to developing style and charisma is to be able to take command of both the vocabulary of the competent professional and the presence of a confident leader.

In the afternoon, an expert will present information on how to be more persuasive. It is not enough to project your thoughts and ideas. You must be able to persuade to motivate and have influence.  (For an outline of the day, please email me at

Participants will be asked to come to the first session with a story to tell…from either their personal or professional lives. This short exercise will allow people to get to know each other, ease them all into the habit of talking before the group, and develop an understanding of the importance of story telling in developing relationships and an organizational culture.

2. Homework: Between the orientation and the practice sessions the participants will study the process, plan and prepare presentations and practice procedures. After the first practice session, they will have their feedback from the session leaders and their video tapes to work with and ponder.  They can use this feedback to modify their performance during the next practice session.

 3. Practice Sessions: There will be two/three intense, videotaped training and practice sessions. Participants will break into smaller groups for some of the assignments and will speak to the group as a whole for others.  They will spend two/three days practicing their oral presentation skills and refining their proficiency in communicating effectively. They will be videotaped and critiqued.  They will participate on many different levels and practice under a variety of circumstances and in diverse venues. At the end of the last day, there will be a graduation ceremony complete with a valedictorian and other appropriate awards


 “It usually takes more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech.” Mark Twain

 We can accommodate both your needs and your time frame. We recommend a minimum of three days, but more can be added. The following components will be a part of the three-day experience: 

ü      Day long training on Presentation Techniques and the Art of Persuasion.

ü      Short presentation on how to be concise.

ü      Story telling

ü      Short, prepared presentations before the larger group

ü      Longer prepared presentations in smaller groups

ü      Persuasive presentations

ü      Extemporaneous presentations

ü      Introductions

ü      Handling question and answers

ü      Discussions and debate in smaller groups

ü      Graduation ceremony with a valedictory address.

  A fourth day can be added. The curriculum for this day will include:

ü      Discussion facilitation.

ü      Small group dynamics.

ü      Coming to a consensus.

ü      Negotiation.

 Other possible topics or adding a fifth day:  We would be happy to substitute or add any of the following to your schedule. You tell us what you need and we will work hard to provide it.

ü      Lessons on drama, including movement, voice, and body language

ü      Additional practice in debate, persuasive presentations, or any other of the basic components.

ü      The use of technology such as power point

ü      Giving testimony.

ü      Developing and delivering a training session

 LOCATION:  The Edgewood College Campus, Madison, Wisconsin

 COST:  $15,000 per day

 Fee includes: 

ü      All speakers, facilitators, and assessment experts.  Also any administrative assistance in videotaping and collection.

ü      Facilities, room rentals, and parking

ü      All meals, snacks, and breaks

ü      Audio-visual equipment.

ü      All materials.

ü      Awards and “Master Speaker Decrees” (M.S. Decrees)

 Fee does not include:

ü      Travel to the campus

ü      Lodging for the individual participants