“Whoever tells the best story shapes the culture.”- Erwin Raphael McManus

Presenters have a great responsibility: pleading their case while motivating the listener to action or agreement in a way that helps shape the organization’s future. An engaging presentation creates a spark between speaker and audience that can positively impact the culture of an organization - it must! - so as to ensure that the work at hand is compelling and urgent. In every presentation a story must be told and in the telling of that story, your task is to draw the listener to your view, get them to buy-in and leave them wanting more.

Interplay Coaching offers One-on-One Presentation Coaching designed to help you polish your presentation skills with video practice and "in the moment" feedback.  We ask you questions that help you to focus on the main points and tell a simple story or two to support those points. We ask you questions that provoke you to think about your presentation from the perspectives of your audience members. At the end of the day, we want you to grab the hearts and minds of your audience no matter the content. 

Coaching time is spent:

  • understanding the specific purpose of the presentation, its desired impact, and what’s at stake
  • synthesizing key messages
  • practicing presentations using a ‘vertical takeoff’** technique
  • teaching breathing techniques for presentations and stressful situations
  • learning about 10 active theater-based communication skills, and incorporating them into your presentation style
  • rehearsing presentation for familiarity and ease of delivery
  • delivering constructive coaching feedback

Coaching Outcomes:

  • Learn the purpose of giving a great presentation, what is required by the presenter, and expected by the audience
  • Determine key messages and deconstruct them for an audience
  • Learn what a “vertical takeoff” is and how to use it in a presentation
  • Learn 10 active communication skills used by actors that help strengthen your presentation
  • Polish and rehearse presentation
  • Reinforce confidence in presenter presence
  • Reduced stress and a more effective, relaxed presentation

**What is a Vertical Takeoff?

A Vertical Takeoff, in our coaching/workshop context, is a dramatic tool used for starting a presentation in the middle of the action of a story so as to draw the audience immediately to the speaker’s message.  Traditional narrative descriptions can easily tune out the listener so we work with participants to find a fresh, action oriented voice to grab their audience’s attention.


Contact us for more information on Presentation Skills Coaching.