Engage your audience with culturally appropriate presentations
Employees often need to make group presentations – and, almost as often, they dread the thought of it. It is said that the greatest fear we have, second to death, is the fear of public speaking.
Non-native speakers face even more difficulty. Making presentations from a podium, speaking up at meetings and participating fully in luncheon discussions are particularly challenging to those unaccustomed to the Canadian context.
When presenting a speech or report to people of a culture other than your own, the impression you want to give is not always the impression that people receive. Making the right impression and really communicating your message often requires adapting your behaviour as well as your material. We can help you with this.
Voice to Word Consulting helps you communicate so that your Canadian audience really understands. Learn to present yourself and your ideas with confidence in both formal and informal situations. Our presentation skills training will include some or all of the following:
- Structuring your presentation
- Word selection and sentence structure
- Levels of formality – knowing your audience
- Using language effectively
- Speaking clearly and projecting the voice
- Appearance, grooming and appropriate body language
We also provide the opportunity to practice these skills in a safe, supportive environment so that these elements are integrated naturally into presentations.
Develop a stronger, clearer voice
In Canada, a beautiful, pleasing voice is an important asset in both social and business settings.
Cultural and linguistic influences can affect the voice, making it sound unclear, nasal or too quiet. For example, some languages hold the sound back in the mouth and project through the nose, making the words sound unclear and nasalized. Some cultures prefer soft-spoken communication which is often misread in Canadian culture as being insecure. These are the types of issues we can work on with you:
- Getting a clear sound
- Positioning the sound
- Exploring facial movement
- Volume & projection
- Putting it together