Learning and Development at SMU

Professional Development Workshop

Presentation Skills

NOTE: This is a 2 day session and attendance is required on both days.

Over-coming your fear of public speaking is critical to becoming an effective leader.  This two day Presentation Skills workshop will help you develop the following critical skills:

  • Structure - use of a specific format to get your audience to remember your points.
  • Delivery - discover how stance, gestures, movement and use of voice ensure that great ideas are heard.  To assist the learning process, participants will be videotaped and given an opportunity to view themselves giving a presentation.
  • Visual Aids - create visual aids that clearly illustrate your point.  Learn to interact with them so the audience is still focused on you, the speaker and not your supporting material.

Out of class preparation is required for this course and includes a brief introductory segment for the first day as well as a presentation for the second day of class.  Further instructions will be given as pre-work for the course and during Day 1.  Please allow for adequate preparation time in your schedule.

This workshop fulfills one elective credit for Manager Orientation.

September 18 and 20, 2012

Time: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Please make plans to be seated and ready to start the workshop promptly at 8:30 a.m.

External Facilitator: Dave Gunby

Location: HR Training Room, 208 Expressway Tower

Parking: Park in the All-University Parking (AUP) east of the building.

No SMU parking sticker?

Email Us developu@smu.edu for assistance

Refreshments: Light breakfast and snacks will be provided throughout the day. Lunch will be on your own.

Dress: We encourage you to dress in layers to ensure your comfort in the room throughout the day.

Notes: Class size is limited to 12 participants due to the amount of time required for each participant to practice making a presentation and then receive feedback.

About Our Facilitator

Dave Gunby is the founder and principal of MINDimensions, a leadership training and facilitation company. He has worked with a number of companies, including EDS, General Motors, Raytheon, Comerica Bank and the Internal Revenue Service. His seminars have also been incorporated into curriculum for a number of universities and MBA programs. He has also led sessions at the Creative Problems Solving Institute in Buffalo, the Innovation Network Convergence, Toastmasters International and others.

Dave has helped thousands develop leadership skills in the areas of creativity, accelerated learning, Mind Mapping (an organizing and memory tool) presentation and facilitation techniques, problem solving, and personal effectiveness. He uses a light professional sense of humor to make his sessions enjoyable, memorable, and effective.