On September 16th & 17th, 2017, I will be presenting an advanced training in Presentational Skills in Miami, Florida. The first such training took place in Johannesburg, South Africa. The second and third took place last year in New York City. I presented additional trainings this summer in Israel and Denmark. This will be the first time this training will take place in Miami. Writers, playwrights, poets, screenwriters, documentary film makers, actors, musicians, philanthropists, and therapists, as well as workshop presenters, lecturers, and public speakers, have gathered at these events, for unforgettable, magical adventures which became "happenings."
People often ask: "My presentational work is fact-driven. Will this training be a good fit for me?"
So here is my answer:
The Presenting with Boldness Training is an excellent fit for anybody who is "sort of" comfortable giving presentations, and wishes to grow their confidence and boldness, and their poise and freedom to make the most powerful connection with their audience.
The training meets the participants at their "growth edge." It covers theory and practice of presentational skills so that new and innovative steps of growth and empowerment can be incorporated.
The Presentational Skills Training is not "content" driven. Participants will be bringing their own content over many different fields and careers.
During the training I make the distinction between two ways to present:
1- to "fill" a room
2- to "open" a room
The distinction of "filling" a room and "opening" a room was coined by the educator Parker Palmer in his powerful book called The Courage To Teach: Exploring the inner landscape of a teacher’s life. Parker Palmer proposes that even if you are going to "fill" the room with fact-driven information, for people to learn more deeply from what you are teaching and have more enthusiasm for the material, it is important to "open" the room. What he suggests is to connect with the audience in such a way that they "land" with you. Then they can connect with the material in such a way that it integrates more fully.
The "Presenting with Boldness" training will explore the many varied ways to "open" a room. All of them are based on what Parker Palmer describes as the courage to teach and present. Rather than be comfortable in the security of facts, he proposes to take a chance and be authentic and vulnerable with what we know and what we do not know, and thus create an open learning environment.
A wonderful quote of Parker Palmer says: "Good teaching cannot be reduced to technique; good teaching comes from the identity and integrity of the teacher." He also says: "If we want to grow as a teacher we must do something alien to academic culture: we must talk to each other about our inner lives - risky stuff in a profession that fears the personal, and seeks safety in the technical, the distant, the abstract."
I am inviting you to take your skills as a presenter to the next level of confidence, boldness and effectiveness by attending the Presenting with Boldness Training onSeptember 16 & 17, 2017 in Miami, Florida.
Tell your friends, colleagues, and anyone in your community you believe would be most nourished and enriched by this training.