Education for Public Speaking
Presentational skills for corporate teams and individuals
Before commencing work, we conduct an introductory conversation with a representative of the company whose employees will enroll the workshops, or with an individual who expressed interest, with the goal of concretely defining their need for professional training. During the conversation, we specify the trainees’ characteristics, their past experience in public speaking and presenting, based on which we create the exact work program adapted to specific goals. We accentuate those thematic sections that are crucial for trainees’ advancement, depending on whether their focus is sales, lecturing, conducting meetings, etc. The introductory conversation, as well as the entire course, can take place on your premises (in-house), our offices in Belgrade and in Novi Sad, or online if that is more convenient for you.
Education for presentational skills and public speaking requires – consistency. The working process needs to last a certain time during which every trainee can get to practice all the segments of a complete and wholesome public appearance. In the beginning, we define and explain the essential elements and concepts. Then comes the part of facing the intrinsic habits. After that – incorporating new insights through discussing topics that constitute the trainees’ everyday professional activities. Only then do we create the conditions for achieving a real, complete result. Seminar-type education and one-day or two-day programs can only be partially useful, because there is not enough room to tackle the individual characteristics of each trainee. In such short-term training sessions, trainees are left wondering – What’s in it for me? Precisely for that reason, Main Point Institute develops comprehensive and individual-focused programs that take the time necessary for achieving complete results.
Institute Main Point’s programs are designed as a distinct school for presentational skills and public speaking, so that everyone who enrolls can improve their public skills through video exercises and simulations, after they get familiarized with all the oratorical and presentational possibilities. Every trainee is directly pointed to those segments they should improve upon. The goal is to control the entire performance on a conscious level, leave a good impression and set oneself apart from the average, which is becoming omnipresent.
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The course has answered my needs. It helped me become aware of the weak points in my verbal and non-verbal communication, and gradually overcome them. It motivated me to continue nurturing my diction and public speaking skills. I’m extremely satisfied and grateful to Marko.
Marko and Slobodan have a very specific, dynamic and personalised approach to the training, which can be applied even with those people who have already gained experience in presenting. Getting familiar with the techniques of verbal expression and articulation, with practical advice on how to apply and perfect them, is one of the most striking impressions from the training, because it open up a whole new perspective of public speaking and presenting, and it’s something that’s usually neglected in other trainings of this kind. With the other section, based on non-verbal communication and concrete suggestions on how each trainee can improve their own style, the training ties up the subject of public speaking, and the results are applicable in both private and business settings.
First of all, it’s a great privilege to have a mentor and teacher in such a professional as Marko. The method, enthusiasm and professionalism with which he approaches are “out of this planet”. Perfecting the skills and class with him – it’s as if I had the chance to perfect my tennis skills with Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer.
Thanks to your course, I learned how to correctly accentuate certain words, I got free of nervousness during public speaking and trained myself to breathe properly while speaking. Slobodan is an excellent teacher and I would recommend to everyone in any way involved in public speaking to sign up.
When I found out that my testimony in court will decide whether or not I win the case on which my life depended, I was determined to prepare for that public appearance as best as I could. Recommended by my son, who attended a course in diction at the Main Point Institute, I made the decision to ask for professional assistance. During training classes, I got more than useful advice on how to present what I want in a suggestive way, clearly and resolutely. I’m just going to say – the favorable court decision I got stated that the determining factor behind it was my testimony, which was characterized as reasonable, logical and impressive. Now I tell everyone that in the vicinity of the Arena in New Belgrade, there is a place where to can learn to say most effectively what you care about.
I believe this is a unique opportunity for young professionals who want to improve not just in their careers but personally as well.
Saying that I’m more than satisfied with the approach and organizing the workshops by Slobodan, Marko and Pavle is an understatement. What I appreciate is the seriousness in work and commitment to each trainee. I wish lots of success in further work, and you will always have my honest recommendation for your workshops.
My initial days in Main Point Institute were a sad sight. Great motivation and a desire to do the job I love, but an ever greater block. I was running away from the camera during the training itself, and the thought of entering a TV studio was mission impossible. Little by little, and I made it, but only thanks to immense persistence and support of Slobodan Roksandic. I thank him for believing in me. Nervousness is still there, but more as an internal sensation. It’s really possible to desensibilitate yourself. Today I manage to be on top form even during live-broadcast programs. Although nervousness was my biggest problem, I learned other useful skills: I breathe in a more proper way, I control my clutch words, I improve my non-verbal expressivity and most importantly – I say what I want properly and memorably. Thank you to the wonderful people from Main Point Institute for not letting me give up for enabling me to have this win in life.
We’re interested in organizing a training of presentational skills for a group of our employees, what’s the first step?
The first step is a short (online) meeting, so that we could define the number of trainees, their experience in presenting, so that we pinpoint specific goals in relation to your core activity (sales, teaching, negotiating, meetings, etc.). After that we send you a personalized offer for your employees. If you agree with the offer, trainees fill out a short survey and we begin the trainings.
Is there an advanced level of training?
After the regular course, many trainees decide to enroll at the advanced level i.e. additional individual work, which involves general rehearsals of their actual public speakings in public – conducting meetings, holding lectures, presenting business reports in a company, presenting a project, being a guest in the media, etc. The general rehearsal is being video-recorded and then analyzed in detail. A trainee thus gets the necessary dose of self-confidence, because when the time comes to talk at a social event in a real-time situation they will feel safe since many things are familiar to them, because the preparation for public speaking was properly done.
Can oratorical skills be taught or do we need to be born that way?
Of course, it is best when oratorical talent and permanent development of that talent are united. However, it is very important to know – public speaking can be practiced, and presentational skills can be significantly improved through practice! That should be encouraging information for everyone. There are numerous examples around us confirming that an average speaker can become exceptional through practice and good training, leave a strong impression, make an effect on others and appear convincing when in front of an audience. Let’s remember the famous Demosthenes who worked on his improvement permanently. It’s known that he practiced by shouting louder than the sea waves, in order to improve his volume and the intensity of his speech. Practice and hard work contributed to him being considered even to this very day, after almost 2,500 thousand years, as one of the most important orators in human civilization!
Can a person overcome nervousenss and stage fright?
The answer is not that simple. It takes a lot of work and effort – learn all that belongs to public speaking techniques, all that contributes to an oratorical expression having dictional variety and convincingness; learn how to control your body during public speaking; how to align your posture and gestures with the topic; find a good reason to speak in public, which will strengthen your self-confidence and lessen the fear of public speaking, read on the subject (Amy Cady, Brian Little, Irwin Yallome, Victor Frankle and others). Facing nervousness can significantly be helped by exercises for proper ortho-abdominal breathing, visualization and self-encouragement. A wholesome approach is needed. Precisely for this reason, for all its trainees Main Point conducts regular group sessions with Dr. Milica Ristic, psychiatrist and psychotherapist that has several decades of experience in communication training.
Can an online approach be equally effective as direct, in-person trainings?
In the previous eight years there have been many people who successfully completed our courses via online platforms (in Nis, Kragujevac, Subotica, Banjaluka, Brussels, Frankfurt, Prague, Canada, America, etc.). As anywhere else, online communication has its pros and cons. It enables easy access to anyone and participation from their own space, which guarantees comfort. On the other hand, the level of interaction is lower, which cannot be compensated in various creative ways.
How many trainees are there in a group?
We conduct group trainings according to the requirements of a specific company/organisation. Before the start, we run detailed consultations to determine all the specifics, sections of the program, trainees’ level of knowledge, topics they discuss in front of an audience. One company – one group. The idea is to keep groups small, so that we could address everyone with a personalised approach. If a company is interested in a larger number of employees, we usually suggest that everyone be together during initial classes, after which we split into smaller groups for more effective practicing of presentational skills.
We conduct open group trainings in collaboration with Skillup education, they are online trainings in groups of up to six attendees.
Is it possible to conduct an introductory lecture/webinar for a larger number of employees as a sort of initial lecture?
So far, practice has shown it’s very effective to have a larger number of employees in a company or an organisation attend a webinar (90 minutes) on a chosen subject (presentational skills, public skills, diction, speaking in the media, storytelling). After that, a number of employees, that usually go out in public, attend detailed trainings with practical exercises.
How to achieve interaction during a presentation in an online space?
An important segment of the presentational course are the specifics of online presenting. It’s a fact that the level of interaction is lower in the online space, and it’s necessary to compensate for that with different creative techniques and mechanisms.
First, it’s necessary to position your computer screen and acquire all the required equipment and a stable connection. During presenting, it’s recommended to attain a proactive approach toward the audience, if the context so allows, and advised to encourage communication (quizzes, surveys, quick questionnaires, chat). It’s not advisable to have the slide over the screen all the time and the speaker in the lower right-hand corner. Ask all participants and listeners to turn on their cameras, to establish a better connection.