We're pleased to announce the release of the first book by Ovation President, Kerri Garbis! Kerri wrote the completely updated edition of "Presentation Skills for Managers" as part of the Briefcase Book series for professionals from McGraw-Hill.
Kerri shares the fresh and impactful Ovation approach to presentation skills training, with management professionals in mind. She combines her vast knowledge with her unique voice and sense of humor to create essential reading for anyone who wants to give outstanding presentations.
Here are just a few of the things you'll find discussed in "Presentation Skills for Managers":
Stage Fright – the best way to deal with this fear is to be prepared. Kerri emphasizes the importance of the rehearsal process. It is also important to regulate your breathing in order to keep you calm and to stretch different muscles in order to alleviate shakiness.
Body Movement – three areas make a difference in effectiveness: the feet, the hands, and the face. The feet refer to the posture as well as the movement around the stage. The hands emphasize with gestures. The face contributes expressions and engagement.
The Rehearsal Process – consists of the Talk-Through, the Walk-Through, and Dress Rehearsal. The purpose is to become familiar with your material and the challenges posed by presenting it.
Storytelling – by tying a story to the information, you are connecting emotion to it. When there is emotion surrounding content, it is infinitely more memorable. Every story has six elements: exposition, inciting incident, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution.
- Stage Movement – the “stage” is yours and you should own it. In order to do this, it’s important to find your light. It’s best to present from the brighter part of the stage, often center stage. Also important is to find the sightlines from the audience seating area. The result is that you will know where to stand so that everyone can see you.
And lots more, including the Ovation Blueprint for presentations, acting techniques for delivery, strategies to manage Q&A, presentation "What Ifs", and others.