You give informal presentations every day: the impromptu meeting in the hallway, the toast at your best friend’s wedding, the story you tell the cashier when you return the cat food—these are all examples of everyday presentations.

So the good news is that you’re probably a better presenter than you realize. I help you take the skills you already have and teach you how to use them in more formal settings in my public speaking trainings.

To help you create a cogent and powerful presentation that helps you connect with your audience, download my 9-page Cheat Sheet 5 Steps to Nail Your Next Presentation. It breaks down the process of creating and delivering a presentation into small, doable steps and includes answers to questions like:

  • How do I organize my story?

  • How do I keep my audience’s attention?

  • What do I do during a rehearsal?

  • What can I do to calm my nerves?

Here’s an excerpt from 5 Steps to Nail Your Next Presentation. For a free download of load of the 9-page Cheat Sheet, sign up below.

GATHER YOUR RAW MATERIALS

The key to a great presentation is preparation. One place to start is to assemble your raw materials, which means all the things you could talk about including everything from stories to statistics. You’ll likely assemble more elements than you’ll ever be able to squeeze into your presentation. That’s OK. Gather these raw materials now and I can help you focus later.

These elements might include:

• Visuals, which means high-quality photography, art or well-designed graphs, charts or

other visual elements.

• Props. What items could you bring to show the audience what you’re talking about

in three-dimensions?

• Demonstrations. Are you describing a process that you could demonstrate in front of the crowd?

If so, this could be the most memorable part of your talk.

• Relevant stories. Make a list.

• Statistics. How can you dramatize them?

• Research. What’s important to share that is part of your overarching story?

• Audience participation. This could be as simple as asking for a raise of hands. What else could

they do?

• What other content do you want to convey?

Assemble it all. Write each one on an index card or post-it note.

Let it rest overnight.

EXPERT TIP: Start planning your talk as far ahead as possible. Even sitting down for 20 minutes to brainstorm on your own or with a coach will start the process. Once that process begins, you’ll be thinking about the talk while you’re going about the rest of your life and you’ll find yourself clearer the next time you sit down to continue planning.

DownloaD 5 steps to Nail your presentation HERE:

Whether it's a talk, speech or pitch, I'm here to help you calm those nerves and find your story. To start with a free consult, email me

 

WHAT public speakers ARE SAYING ABOUT
WORKING WITH GIGI

Gigi was extremely professional, attentive and flexible in coaching team members overseas. All reports back highlighted Gigi’s efficiency during sessions and her ability to quickly pinpoint areas for speakers to improve while offering practical and helpful solutions to speakers to optimize right away. Gigi’s work far exceeded our expectations.
— Myriam Khoury, Vice President - Innovation, Mercy Corps
Thank you for the work you did with me individually to prepare me for my session AND the collective work you did with all of the speakers you worked with. It really paid off. Not only was your advice really valuable but you also lit a fire under those who were less prepared to get ready. By the end we were strong and coherent! We really appreciate it.
— Nonprofit director, Portland, Oregon
We have consulted with Gigi for group training and individual coaching with excellent results. With her innate good humor, she quickly zeros in on a presenter’s strengths, offering practical insights to build confidence and keep audiences engaged. She’s become our secret weapon!
— Fidelma McGinn, Vice-President, Philanthropic Services, Seattle Foundation
Gigi brought insight and knowledge to my staff at MSN that dramatically enhanced their communication skills. She listened, observed, coached individuals to understand unique skills suited to their specific needs. She has an instructional mastery that I have rarely seen.
— Stephen Cvengros, former Senior Director at Microsoft's MSN
Gigi gave me several actionable ideas that I incorporated into my remarks which greatly improved my presentation. She also asked me to send her a self-critique of my performance and then followed up with several more ideas for next time. I was impressed at how substantive her suggestions were. She clearly knows her stuff.
— Nonprofit manager, Washington, DC
I reached out to Gigi for some quick help for a talk I was preparing. This isn’t something I do very often. I was having some amazing bouts of nerves as the day drew closer. We chatted for a while and Gigi asked a lot of great questions and made several suggestions, including “take a walk!” And that did the trick. Walking is my thing. On Gigi’s advice, I planned (and took) a big long walk at my favorite place in Seattle, Seward Park. Set the tone for the whole day and evening. No nerves! Thanks Gigi.
— Richard Pelletier, lucidcontent.com
When I came to Gigi I had a lot of little ‘stories’ disorganized in bits and pieces and I struggled to get through them both because I was trying to remember the order and because it was boring. Gigi helped me separate my talk into three distinct sections, with a flashback to the beginning, and organized it in a clear, compelling, and surprising way. When I tell my story this way my listeners seem much more engaged and I don’t get bored telling it so my delivery is better.
— Mickey Trescott, author of The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook: An Allergen-Free Approach to Managing Chronic Illness
Gigi observed me teaching at Portland State University, then we met for feedback. She gave multi-faceted observations and recommendations on content, body language, using tools (PowerPoint/whiteboards), storytelling. Since our coaching session her feedback on my storytelling is having a positive impact not only on my teaching but my daily interactions and even writing.
— Michael Wells, formerly of Grants Northwest
In just one hour of coaching with Gigi, I was well-informed about how to prepare physically, emotionally, and logistically for a successful presentation. Her supportive and insightful feedback about my style gave me clarity about my opportunities for improvement and confidence about my capacity to connect with an audience.
— Sage Cohen, author, poet, communications consultant, sagecohen.com