Professionals Must Be Able to Present Their ideas
No amount of technical skill can make up for not being able to communicate your ideas. Too often brilliant and creative technical solutions are rejected because of poor presentations to decision-makers. To succeed, a project manager has to make effective presentations of the project plan, project charter, schedule and the budget. They must also present informative status reports every week during the life of the project.
Practice Giving Project Presentations
This course includes not only the preparation of project schedules, plans, status etc. but also presentation of the information. You present your ideas privately to your instructor in video conferences. Your instructor plays the roles of the stakeholders and sponsors in your project case study.
After you present your information, your instructor asks you the kind of questions that sponsors and stakeholders ask project managers. You get a chance to practice answering those questions and thinking on your feet. These private, live online sessions with your instructor are a “safe” way to improve your communication and presentation skills. You will be able to overcome nervousness and become more confident in speaking to groups.
Get Immediate Feedback on Your Project Presentations
If you make a mistake in your presentation or the question and answer session, it’s not a problem. Your instructor will blow the whistle, stop you and explain the mistake you made and how to correct it. Then your instructor will back things up a couple of minutes and give you another opportunity to correct your presentation or the answer you gave. That private practice with just you and your instructor in our online conference room is the best way to gain confidence in making presentations.
Written and Video Feedback
Your instructor will talk with you about the good points in your presentation and about those that need improvement. You’ll get feedback on your body language, gestures, facial expressions and speed of speech as well as the content of your presentation. You’ll learn techniques about the best way to design your media for the presentation as well as psychological techniques for assessing your audience. This will help you present your information and ideas in a way they are most likely to accept.