Syosset, NY - May 3, 2006 -- To be successful in today's turbulent market, IT professionals must be more than just technically competent. They must also know how to explain technology, influence others, and get buy-in for their proposals from company executives and clients.
With the goal of guiding IT pros through the presentation process, WatchIT—a leader in on- demand education—has produced a video-based program that details the tools and techniques necessary to give winning presentations, whether to small or large groups.
In the program, "Effective Presentation Skills for IT Professionals," Marjorie Brody, Founder of Brody Communications, Ltd., takes the viewer step by step through proven methods that will turn even novice presenters into powerful persuaders.
Brody begins by outlining her speech-planning techniques, the first of which is to define your PAL: Purpose, Audience, and Logistics. Brody explains how to create a brief overall objective and how to make the body of the presentation come alive with such techniques as humor, stories, and visual aids. She also details how to shape the other critical elements of a presentation, including the introduction, conclusion, and preview.
In addition, Brody explains how to prepare a user- friendly final draft, and offers some pointers for practicing aloud. She then delves into the dynamics of delivering the actual presentation, including how to control the three types of signals a speaker sends: visual, vocal, and verbal. Brody also analyzes three different speaking scenarios and offers tips for conducting software demonstrations.
Brody describes the most common errors even professional speakers make, and tells how to avoid them. Finally, Brody explains how to handle the question-and-answer period, offering eight rules to make sure that this critical session stays on track.
The program, approximately 40 minutes in length, is presented in WatchIT's acclaimed "Knowledge Navigator" platform. This interactive interface includes a full, rich media presentation, including video, graphics, and animation, as well as value-added educational resources such as Web links, white papers, and a glossary of terms.
click here to watch the program.