Great Presenter Interviews – Richard Sant

Over the next couple of months we will be running a series every week on ‘Great Presenters’. What makes a great presenter? How can you become a great presenter? These questions and more will be answered every week by a new person. The series will offer a broad perspective on presentations from people who either do presentations for a living, have been trained in doing presentations or do presentations regularly at work.

This week’s blog post features Richard Sant. Richard runs the Centre of Enterprise for Portsmouth University which runs incredibly creative and successful courses in enterprise, entrepreneurialism and business. Do entrepreneurs need presentation skills?

Richard Sant – On Great Presenters

  • Name: Richard Sant
  • Position: Director
  • Company: Centre for Enterprise,                                               University of Portsmouth
  • Twitter: @pce_enterprise
  • Tel: +44 (0) 239 284 3534
  • Web:  www.port.ac.uk/enterprise

Where you born a great speaker or did you learn?

I’m not sure I am….but…definitely learned it.

When did you first start to learn about presenting? What prompted you to start learning?

As a software trainer

What do you use your presenting and speaking skills for?

Only for work at the university.

What are the benefits of learning to speak?  What have you got out of being better at speaking?

Learning to fake it as an extrovert!

Have you always enjoyed presenting?

I don’t enjoy presenting.

How did you overcome your nerves if you ever had any?

By wishing warm kindness to everyone in the room silently before I start.

We would love to hear what your experience with presenting is. What do you think makes a great presenter? Leave a comment below, or if you want to be featured as part of the series, send an e-mail to alan@enjoypresenting.co.uk. To be notified when our next interviewee  is featured, choose the option in the comment box below.

If you want to know more about Enjoy Presenting and the courses we run, feel free to contact us on the email address mentioned above, or check out our webpage for more information by clicking the following link: www.enjoypresenting.co.uk

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Great Presenter Interviews – Michael Williams

Over the next couple of months we will be running a series every week on ‘Great Presenters’. What makes a great presenter? How can you become a great presenter? These questions and more will be answered every week by a new person. The series will offer a broad perspective on presentations from people who either do presentations for a living, have been trained in doing presentations or do presentations regularly at work.

This week’s blog post features Michael Williams. Michael is committed to continuous learning and development and gives regular presentations on organisational development and learning.  He does a fabulous job for Alliance Homes and works hard on his fitness in his spare time!  Can you keep up with him?

Michael Williams – On Great Presenters

Where you born a great speaker or did you learn?

I am learning.

When did you first start to learn about presenting? What prompted you to start learning?

My roles required this skill.

What do you use your presenting and speaking skills for?

Training courses & meetings.

What are the benefits of learning to speak?  What have you got out of being better at speaking?

Greater confidence in speaking, creating energy, enthusiasm and drive amongst others.

Has there been one stand out moment in your speaking career?

Spontaneous applause when the group recognised that I had built a strong connection with them

Have you always enjoyed presenting?

No way.

How did you overcome your nerves if you ever had any?

Went on training courses, practiced and worked with some great trainers

 

We would love to hear what your experience with presenting is. What do you think makes a great presenter? Leave a comment below, or if you want to be featured as part of the series, send an e-mail to alan@enjoypresenting.co.uk. To be notified when our next interviewee is featured, sign up in the comment box below.

For more information about Enjoy Presenting and the training courses we run, visit our webpage by clicking on the following link: www.enjoypresenting.co.uk

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Great Presenter Interviews – Sam Swinstead

Over the next couple of months we will be running a series every forthnight on ‘Great Presenters’. What makes a great presenter? How can you become a great presenter? These questions and more will be answered every week by a new person. The series will offer a broad perspective on presentations from people who either do presentations for a living, have been trained in doing presentations or do presentations regularly at work.

This week’s blog post features Sam Swinstead. Sam runs Challenge Manager and is an expert on all things HR and learning and development. If you have any questions about HR and working with people in your company she is the person to ask. Sam runs outsourced HR for companies as well as running a multitude of different training programs. Check out her website and get in touch!

Sam Swinstead– On Great Presenters

Where you born a great speaker or did you learn?

I am a natural born show-off which I think probably helps! I think I was born with some of the qualities that have made it easier for me to enjoy presenting.  I am confident with people and enjoy being heard; I like to make myself knowledgeable about a subject and I enjoy sharing that knowledge with others. 

I think I’ve then learnt the actual skills of presenting well through training and lots of practice. I still think there is much more I can learn about the science behind great presentations as I tend to operate from “gut feel”. There’s definitely heaps more I could learn about the great and best uses of powerpoint.

When did you first start to learn about presenting? What prompted you to start learning?

I started presenting short training courses in 1995 as part of my work running a rehabilitation programme for adults with long term mental illness. We needed to support their transition back to the workplace equipping them with job seeking skills; no budget to bring in “professional trainers” meant I needed to get good at delivering this myself. I found my passion!

What do you use your presenting and speaking skills for?

  1. Pitching for new work
  2. Delivering Training
  3. Leading two networking groups – 4Networking Business Breakfast Networking, and Challenge Yourself Network for L&D Professionals.

What are the benefits of learning to speak?  What have you got out of being better at speaking?

  1. Success in the pitches we make for new work. 
  2. Reputation as an interesting, relevant trainer delivering practical business focussed workshops that give a Return On Investment to a business.
  3. Succcess in the networking groups.

Has there been one stand out moment in your speaking career?

I am not so much a “speaker” as a trainer but there have been standout moments in training courses – good and bad!

I once asked three delegates to leave a course I was running in collaboration with a young female Chinese engineer (she was providing the technical components of the course). They were racially offensive and I wasn’t willing to tolerate their behaviour.  I got a standing ovation from the rest of the class!

I worked with a group of newly qualified managers and one woman gave me some feedback that brought tears to my eyes. She was so nervous on the first day of the training that she had contemplated deliberately crashing her car on the way to the workshop to avoid attending.  On Day 7 of the workshop series, she gave a confident ten minute presentation to her managers on how she planned to develop her team.  Afterwards she thanked me for the training and how differently she felt about herself as a person and as a manager.  She has ensured that I will always remember just how important it is to consider how my delegates feel when they attend training.

Have you always enjoyed presenting?

Yes

How did you overcome your nerves if you ever had any?

Concentrated on knowing that I was delivering a presentation people wanted to hear and that I had the skills to do what I was about to do.  I find my nerves pretty much disappear within the first minute or two of speaking once I get warmed up.   I find the most nerve wracking presentations are those when I am required to speak about myself rather than a subject matter I have researched.  I find that if I can see people engaging with what I am saying, smiling, enjoying it or laughing then my nerves disappear pretty quickly – tip is to find a friendly audience face to give me that feedback quickly.

 

We would love to hear what your experience with presenting is. What do you think makes a great presenter? Leave a comment below, or if you want to be featured as part of the series, send an e-mail to alan@enjoypresenting.co.uk. To be notified when our next interviewee  is featured, then choose the option in the comment box below.

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Great Presenter Interviews – Gordon Piggott

Over the next couple of months we will be running a series every week on ‘Great Presenters’. What makes a great presenter? How can you become a great presenter? These questions and more will be answered every week by a new person. The series will offer a broad perspective on presentations from people who either do presentations for a living, have been trained in doing presentations or do presentations regularly at work.

This week’s blog post features Gordon Piggott. Gordon is the Division Governor for the South East of England for Toastmasters International and is in charge of 36+ clubs.  As well as this he runs Westminster Indemnity Ltd as well as speaking, skiing, sailing, scuba as well as the family, keeping fit and flexible. Where does he get time? Gordon has been speaking for many years and is always a pleasure to listen to if you get the chance.

Gordon Piggott – On Great Presenters

Where you born a great speaker or did you learn?

You learn.

When did you first start to learn about presenting? What prompted you to start learning?

A long time ago, but the learning has been at its best in the last 3 years at Toastmasters

What do you use your presenting and speaking skills for?

For business. As a promotional tool for any interest I wish to promote.

What are the benefits of learning to speak?  What have you got out of being better at speaking?

I have learned to seek and interpret feedback, without it being “personal”.
Personal confidence levels are substantially raised

Has there been one stand out moment in your speaking career?

Not really  … it just gets better.

Have you always enjoyed presenting?

Not when I got it wrong and had no idea how to sort it out. But that was before Toastmasters.

How did you overcome your nerves if you ever had any?

There is ONLY 1 way. Just do it, and if it doesn’t kill you, it’s OK

We would love to hear what your experience with presenting is. What do you think makes a great presenter? Leave a comment below, or if you want to be featured as part of the series, send an e-mail to alan@enjoypresenting.co.uk. To be notified when our next interviewee  is featured, then choose the option in the comment box below.

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Great Presenter Interviews – Dominic Earl

Over the next couple of months we will be running a series every week on ‘Great Presenters’. What makes a great presenter? How can you become a great presenter? These questions and more will be answered every week by a new person. The series will offer a broad perspective on presentations from people who either do presentations for a living, have been trained in doing presentations or do presentations regularly at work.

This week’s blog post features Dominic Earl. Dominic runs a company called PPvote which produces interactive keypads for meetings and events that helps you to leverage the knowledge within your audiences.  I have used his systems and they can give exceptional results in meetings.  If you need to facilitate big meetings, survey large numbers of people or really add a whole new level of interactivity to what you do then these are the people to speak to!

Dominic Earl – On Great Presenters

Where you born a great presenter or did you learn it?

Learnt, life experience gives you the backing for it too

When did you first start to learn about presenting? What prompted you to start learning?

At school, it had to be done.

What do you use your presenting and speaking skills for?

Training, Sales, Presentations, Engaging audiences

What are the benefits of learning to speak?  What have you got out of being better at speaking?

 Learning to communicate effectively is a useful skill for all elements of life

Has there been one stand out moment in your speaking career?

Teaching people about Wolves at country fairs

Have you always enjoyed presenting?

Always enjoyed, but always nervous

How did you overcome your nerves if you ever had any?

Just get out there and do it

 

We would love to hear what your experience with presenting is. What do you think makes a great presenter? Leave a comment below, or if you want to be featured as part of the series, send an e-mail to alan@enjoypresenting.co.uk. To be notified when our next interviewee  is featured, then choose the option in the comment box below.

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Great Presenter Interviews – Martin Berry

Over the next couple of months we will be running a series every week on ‘Great Presenters’. What makes a great presenter? How can you become a great presenter? These questions and more will be answered every week by a new person. The series will offer a broad perspective on presentations from people who either do presentations for a living, have been trained in doing presentations or do presentations regularly at work.

This week’s blog post features Martin Berry. Martin is the President of Camberley Speaker’s club  and will be the Area Governor for Area 14 next year.  He is a great speaker with an eye for humour. He has had me rolling in the aisles at points. Martin writes great presentations and has won more cups and competitions than I can list here for his great presentations.  For his day job Martin runs his own Courier company, so if you need something delivered on time with a great sense of humour this is your man!

Martin Berry – On Great Presenters

Where you born a great speaker or did you learn?

Learned. And I’m not great. Still long way to go!

When did you first start to learn about presenting? What prompted you to start learning?

Toastmasters. Though I was vaguely aware of it before.

What do you use your presenting and speaking skills for? 

Haven’t really put them to any professional use. What a waste!

What are the benefits of learning to speak?  What have you got out of being better at speaking?

Greater confidence. Seeing myself and others in a different light. Think it has taught to dig deeper at times of pressure instead of giving up. Greater self-esteem. I value myself more highly than I used to.

Has there been one stand out moment in your speaking career?

I particularly enjoyed being a Target Speaker at a London Div Contest. There were 150 in the audience and I had them all laughing. It was enormously satisfying.

Have you always enjoyed presenting?

No way. At my Ice-Breaker at Guildford I was petrified!

How did you overcome your nerves if you ever had any?

Just forced myself to do it. And it got better!

 

We would love to hear what your experience with presenting is. What do you think makes a great presenter? Leave a comment below, or if you want to be featured as part of the series, send an e-mail to alan@enjoypresenting.co.uk. To be notified when our next interviewee  is featured, then choose the option in the comment box below.

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Great Presenter Interviews – Alan Donegan

Over the next couple of months we will be running a series every week on ‘Great Presenters’. What makes a great presenter? How can you become a great presenter? These questions and more will be answered every week by a new person. The series will offer a broad perspective on presentations from people who either do presentations for a living, have been trained in doing presentations or do presentations regularly at work.

This week’s blog post features our own lead trainer Alan Donegan. Alan has had an amazing couple of years setting up his own training company, and now does presentations for a living. But the sky was not always a perfect blue, so Alan has had to work hard to reach his level of presentation skills. Here’s your chance to learn from his experience:

Alan Donegan – On Great Presenters

Were you born a great speaker or did you learn?

You aren’t born funny, you aren’t’ born with charisma you aren’t born a presenter.  You don’t pop out of the womb into the midwives arms saying “Ladies, gentlemen and NHS professionals, today I want to talk to you about the three most important areas of life …” NO!!  It’s all developed or trained.

When did you first start to learn about presenting? What prompted you to start learning?

I decided I wanted to be a trainer and went on a course by Richard Bandler called Charisma Enhancement in Florida and it opened my eyes to a whole world of presenting that I had no idea about.

I realised this was a skill I needed to master and have been investing in it ever since. Three years in Toastmasters, countless books and many courses later I am starting to really enjoy it!

What do you use your presenting and speaking skills for?

My entire business is based on presenting and speaking.  I sell my training courses to business and then I sell my ideas on the training course.  Everything I do is based on presentations and speaking to people.

What are the benefits of learning to speak?  What have you got out of being better at speaking?

The benefits are incredible.  To give you a short list:

  1. Confidence – this alone has changed my world
  2. Ability to help others – through my speaking I have had a profound effect on others’ lives
  3. Ability to make money – this has transformed my businesses performance
  4. Buzz – there is nothing like the feeling of making an audience laugh

Has there been one stand out moment in your speaking career?

There have been a few.  Speaking to over 100,000 people in a day for Andrex at the Bull Ring in Birmingham was an incredible experience.  Getting to the UK & Ireland final of the Humorous speech final in 2008 and competing in front of 450 speakers was nerve-wracking. My first time doing stand-up comedy put me completely outside my comfort zone!

Have you always enjoyed presenting?

Not always, no, I was painfully shy when I was young not wanting to speak to anyone other than my family.  Nerves and a lack of confidence use to plague my life and I was particularly nervous when presenting

How did you overcome your nerves if you ever had any?

It has taken years of gradual building of confidence and self-esteem. I knew I had a lack of confidence and I knew where it came from (school bullies) and so I went out and looked for ways to build it.

I don’t think you ever fully overcome your nerves as I still feel them now.  I would not want to overcome them.  If I didn’t feel anything then I would not be caring enough about the outcome for the audience. 

The key is to use the nervous energy to make your presentation even better and to connect at a deeper level with the audience.

We would love to hear what your experience with presenting is. What do you think makes a great presenter? Leave a comment below, or if you want to be featured as part of the series, send an e-mail to alan@enjoypresenting.co.uk. To be notified when our next interviewee is featured, then choose the option in the comment box below.

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