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The Complete Presenter™: Mastering PowerPoint & Visual Aids (reports)


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The Complete Presenter™: Mastering PowerPoint & Visual Aids
28 June 2012
@ JCI PJ, Sunway Mas Commercial Centre, PJ

Azmi Shahrin - Public Speaking Coach & Trainer The Complete Presenter: Mastering PowerPoint & Visual Aids
Cosy training environment

After a very long lapse of more than 2 years, we finally managed to resume this training programme. It was upon the "great interest" of one of them to sign up that I began to work on it earnestly. I guess after the long break it became easier to find other interested parties. We limited the class to 6 participants and managed to get 5.

With a small group to train, the course flow was pretty much fluid. After a short introduction by the trainer Azmi Shahrin on the common mistakes made by PowerPoint presenters, each participant was given the opportunity to present what he or she had prepared beforehand. In fact, throughout the day the participants presented the "same" project as many as 4 times. With each subsequent attempt, the objectives became clearer, font sizes became larger, redundant slides and information were gradually thrown out and other improvements were made, thanks to the guidance of the trainer. Surely it must feel very satisfying to undergo the process. As the participants presented, the trainer also ensured they applied the various public speaking skills which they had learned in Dare To Speak™.

In this course, participants were allowed to speak in Bahasa Malaysia if they so desired. One of the participants did much better after he opted to speak in BM; I was pleasantly surprised to witness the transformation when I returned to the classroom later in the afternoon.

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The Complete Presenter: Mastering PowerPoint & Visual Aids Drilling throughout
the day
The Complete Presenter: Mastering PowerPoint & Visual Aids

In short, we don't expect to conduct this great course again in the near future, but we'll do it soon enough. Maybe next year!

~ Reported by Sandy Tan

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The Complete Presenter™: Mastering PowerPoint & Visual Aids
6 February 2010
@ Shah's Village Hotel, PJ

The Complete Presenter: Mastering PowerPoint & Visual Aids Azmi Shahrin - Public Speaking Coach & Trainer
The trainer Azmi Shahrin & 5 guinea pigs :)

This was the first time we conducted this course. There were 5 participants only - all males!

As this was a first attempt, we had much to learn through trial and error, basically in trying to figure out the best course flow. It was good we had a small class for this first session as it allowed us more space to experiment. What eventually transpired was quite different from what was planned, but it worked well. All the participants did their "homework" and brought along their pre-crafted presentations. After presenting it for the first time, the trainer went straight into evaluating their PowerPoint slides. Later, he expounded some general guidelines for creating great slides. As the participants presented, the trainer also helped them with their delivery style.

For the second round of presentations, most participants delivered the same but a much improved version of their earlier presentation (they were given time to make changes). They were also taught to make their presentations more exciting by being enthusiastic and using vivid words.

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The Complete Presenter: Mastering PowerPoint & Visual Aids Each with his
own style!
The Complete Presenter: Mastering PowerPoint & Visual Aids

Everyone was happy in the end but now we need to revamp the course flow and the workbook for future use. Hopefully, we will discover the optimal approach after several attempts.

~ Reported by Sandy Tan

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