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Corporate Public Speaking Programs to Improve Verbal Presentation Skills

We guide your people to shine when they share their stories, ideas and expertise. They experience much greater confidence to speak authentically and persuasively.

Summary of Corporate Programs


Leadership Presence & Presentation Skills Program

The Zimmer Method corporate presentation training program Leadership Presence & Presentation Skills teaches your key people to develop a strong leadership presence and to deliver compelling presentations and communications. We guide your leaders to speak authentically, connect genuinely and freely contribute their ideas, insights and expertise in meetings, groups and presentations.

Our Approach is Different

The Leadership Presence & Presentation Program does not lock participants up in mechanical speaking techniques; rather it frees them up to be natural and comfortable when speaking to groups. Our presentation training approach builds on individual's strengths, allowing tension and barriers to fall away. It honors their uniqueness and enhances their confidence. This program is facilitated in a totally supportive and non-critical atmosphere which allows participants to relax enough to take risks and connect with their authentic self.

Participants will learn how to:

  • Establish a strong, capable and professional leadership presence
  • Transform the tension of being the center of attention
  • Be at ease and feel comfortable in their skin in front of groups
  • Make genuine connection with listeners
  • Develop a style of speaking that is authentic for each person
  • Present expertise credibly in presentations and client meetings
  • Find compelling stories from personal and professional experiences
  • Include telling stories into their talks to engage and persuade listeners
  • Develop confidence to think on their feet
  • Build stronger connections among team members

See what corporate participants and senior leaders have said about our presentation programs.

Our Flexible Program Formats Are Customized to Your Group

Our Zimmer Method presentation training programs are flexible and tailored to your company's needs. We work with you to develop a public speaking training or presentation skill training program that fits your goals and time constraints.

Training is offered in several possible formats, including:

  • Two-Day Program - offered on two consecutive days or two Fridays
  • One-Day Programs
  • Half-day Sessions
  • Weekly Courses - meeting for two to three hours per week over several weeks
  • Individual Coaching

Leadership Presence & Persuasion Workshop

Sandra Zimmer facilitates this experiential program to connect your employees with their natural leadership presence and ability to speak persuasively from the heart. This program combines Zimmer Method proven exercises from public speaking, storytelling, psychology, theatre skills and awareness of performance energy states so participants experience a new ability to be with and persuade listeners.

The Leadership Presence & Persuasion Program focuses on two key leadership skills 1) exhibiting the presence of a leader and 2) crafting persuasive messages. The first skill is non-verbal; the other is a verbal skill.

First, Sandra Zimmer guides your group through a whole-person learning experience to develop the presence of a leader. Participants learn the technique to establish a solid physical presence and to hold that state of presence at the center of attention. The Zimmer Method releases patterns of inner tension which cause people to show up as scattered or anxious and that distract them from being present at the center of attention. Their minds are quieted, bodies are stabilized and emotions calmed so participants are ready to lead from their authentic selves.

Once leadership presence is established, participants learn the eight elements of compelling content that make up a persuasive message. The eight elements of persuasion help listeners mentally understand the reasoning and emotionally feel the meaning behind the authentically persuasive message.

Participants will learn how to:

  • Establish a strong, capable, professional presence in front of others
  • Develop comfort in the skin in front of others
  • Make genuine connection with listeners
  • Understand 8 elements of compelling content that add up to creating an authentically persuasive message
  • Practice crafting an authentically persuasive message
  • Practice delivering an authentically persuasive message

FORMATS:

  • One-day
  • Two half-days

4 - 8 participants


Cultivate Authentic Leadership Presence & Gravitas

This transformational Zimmer Method program will teach your group members to develop their own leadership presence and persona. Learn to step into the role of a leader who exudes gravitas. Participants will explore 5 physical factors that help them cultivate gravitas - weight, time, space, voice and movement.

Participants will learn how to:

  • Integrate 5 physical factors to cultivate a communication style that embodies gravitas
  • Hold the center of attention through grounding the body for leadership presence
  • Step into the skin of a leader to exude gravitas through a transformational acting exercise
  • Resonate and project your voice tone to hold attention of listeners
  • Practice thinking and speaking key messages while holding a state of gravitas.

Through the process of this course participants will not only understand what gravitas is, but will experience it in a bodily-felt way.

FORMATS:

  • One-day Workshop
  • Two half-days
  • Four-week class (2-3 hours per class)

6 - 12 participants.


Speaking English Clearly for Non-Native Professionals

Companies often have employees from diverse backgrounds and cultures who speak English with various accents. Even if employees have a strong grasp of the English language, heavy accents may interfere with their ability to be understood when communicating crucial information. Because others make unconscious decisions about whether to listen or trust experts based on the clarity of their speech, it is important that non-native professionals be understood easily when speaking English for business.

Our training in Speaking English Clearly: Diction for Non-Native Professionals helps valued employees correct the sounds of English that are preventing them from being easily understood. This program does not get rid of their accents. Rather, it teaches them to pronounce the specific sounds of English that will make their speech clearer and easier to understand when communicating with clients, customers and co-workers.

Participants learn proper articulation of English sounds by positioning the tongue, teeth and lips for correct pronunciation. Once they have learned to pronounce the specific sounds that will make the biggest improvement in their speech, they practice industry specific terms to help when speaking about their business.

Results of the Speaking English Clearly Training

  • Allows the non-native professional to be more easily understood.
  • Increases confidence to share expertise and take charge when opportunities arise.
  • Improves the non-native professional's acceptance as an "insider" and a respected colleague who is easily engaged in conversation.
  • Increases the non-native professional's value to the company, clients and customers.

Speaking English Clearly Course is customized for your non-native employees

We can design a group course for up to 8 participants which would meet for 6 - 10 sessions. Group participants must be from the same language or culture so the sounds learned are relevant to all participants.

Individual Coaching is offered in 8-session or 12-session packages.


Project Interview Coaching

Project team leaders are often brilliant at their technical expertise but may lack the presentation and persuasion skills to win a project. If they are stiff, awkward or boring at the project interview, they may lose a project for which they are the best choice.

The success of your company depends on developing new business and the ability of your team leaders to present persuasively in project interviews. To win new projects, team leaders must not only be able to present their technical expertise, ideas and processes in a credible manner; they must also be emotionally engaging and compelling so that the client selection panel feels your project team is the one who can guide them safely through the project.

Sandra Zimmer coaches project team leaders to prepare and present a persuasive presentation that tells your company story and addresses the client's vision for their project. The presentation preparation process adds additional value by creating chemistry among team leaders and sub-consultants. Clients can sense the chemistry among your team, and your team members work together more effectively once the project is won.

View a PDF file Presenting to Win that offers details of Sandra Zimmer's coaching for project interviews.

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“Thank you for your efforts with the KBR team in presenting our proposal over the past few days. Somehow through your own style, you calmed everyone's nerves and gave them the confidence to reach beyond what they thought they could do. Arriving later on Sunday night, I cannot truly appreciate the power of your transformational efforts, but I am told that in certain cases, you were nothing short of a miracle worker. You helped this team shine!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

-- Maura Dunn, COO and Chief HSE Officer, KBR, Infrastructure Americas

“WOW! I took your Group Facilitation course expecting you would teach me how to tell my sales team how to be more effective. Instead, you taught me how to facilitate my team to tell me how we can be more effective. Our meetings have become much more fun! We are more communicative and more productive. Thank you for showing me how to get the most from my team.

 

-- Buddy Oakes, President

Walter P. Moore  Presentation Persuasion and Leadership Presence Training
Walter P. Moore Presentation Persuasion and Leadership Presence Training

Walter P. Moore  Presentation Persuasion and Leadership Presence Training
Walter P. Moore Presentation Persuasion and Leadership Presence Training