Category Archives: Presentation Skills Seminar

How to Maximize Any Seminar Investment

As a professional, attending a seminar is an investment for growth. Cost or learning investment is never an issue; money well-invested in an amazing seminar will reap rewards, while money wasted on a substandard one can be earned again.

What cannot be taken back is TIME, hence this is the most important investment anyone can spend for personal growth.

In order to maximize attendance in any seminar (even a “bad” seminar can yield amazing lessons or insights for the participants) here is a list of things you can do to make the most of any situation:

1. Connect. Bring along a colleague or friend to a seminar. Start a friendly chat with other attendees during breaks, no matter how short. Prepare calling cards to distribute to other participants and get their cards or numbers in return.

2. Take notes. Bro. Bo Sanchez had a wonderful sharing during this Sunday’s “The Feast.” He mentioned that as a seminar participant, HE. TAKES. NOTES. He jots down his realizations and his resolutions. This is a guy who is a bestselling author, multi-awarded speaker and lay preacher respected worldwide, and yet he is humble enough to attend seminars AND TAKE NOTES.

No matter how great a seminar and the speaker are, the seminar ends, participants go home, and so does the speaker. But it does not mean that the learning has to end, too. With note-taking, you are able to take home salient points from the speakers that you can review and reread whenever you need.

3. Reconnect. Contact and establish friendships with your fellow participants. Explore possible areas of collaboration for mutual growth and development like doing business together or inviting one another to upcoming events. Follow the social media accounts of the event organizer and the speaker to be abreast of upcoming events, as well as to gain new knowledge and insights with their every post.

Robert Greene himself said it brilliantly that with today’s access to technology and resources that past masters can only dream of, there is simply NO EXCUSE not to be excellent!

4. APPLY. According to Bro. Bo, the obstacle to growth is “education without execution.” No matter how great the seminar and the speaker, even the other participants, are, at the end of the day it’s up to YOU to put to action what you have learned. And it is at this point when having notes is very important, so you will have an idea on the lessons that you can put into practice.

Any engagement is a two-way process. To maximize whatever investment it will cost you to attend a seminar, you must be more than just a member of the crowd or audience, but a participant in every sense of the word.

EducAid’s Zamboanga Sojourn (June 15, 2014)

Zamboanga 06-16-2014 028Last June 15, EducAid was privileged to join the outreach project of ABS-CBN, Knowledge Channel Foundation, and DZMM for the benefit of educators from Sto. Nino Elementary School (located on a mountain and can only be reached by an almost two-hour walk of eight kilometers crossing 21 rivers) in Barangay Sinunuc, Zamboanga City. The school and its dedicated roster of educators (four to five) were the subject of an ABS-CBN special report a year ago, and for this year, TV Patrol anchor and former Vice President of the Philippines “Kabayan” Noli de Castro decided to do a follow-up project.

Zamboanga 06-16-2014 024EducAid Managing Partner Jelson Estrella Capilos facilitated the “BTBL: Better Teaching for Better Learning” module for the teachers of Sto. Nino, as well as teachers from the neighboring schools. The training  was held at the Maasin Learning Center. It was the first teachers’ training experienced by quite a number of the participants.

Zamboanga 06-16-2014 009Zamboanga 06-16-2014 022Mr. Capilos used the half-day training to share with the participants ways on how to be excellent teachers, which includes a cursory look at students’ psychology (how to get and maintain students’ attention) and an exhaustive discussion of proven techniques and strategies for effective communication (including the masterful use of stories, humor, and appropriate visual aids, among others).

Zamboanga 06-16-2014 032In the afternoon, Mr. Edric Calma of Knowledge Channel Foundation conducted a training on how to effectively use the channel and the Knowledge Channel learning package to help educators reach out to their students, especially those in remote areas. The training preceded the actual turnover of the learning package (a laptop with 450+, K to 12-compliant educational videos) for the use in Sto. Nino Elementary School.

Zamboanga 06-16-2014 033Zamboanga 06-16-2014 055Zamboanga 06-16-2014 079 Zamboanga 06-16-2014 084 Zamboanga 06-16-2014 086The turnover of school and teaching supplies and the Knowledge Channel learning package were facilitated by Kabayan and the rest of the ABS-CBN staff.

With its advocacy of building a better nation through better education, EducAid’s leaders and volunteers were enriched by this experience, and have become more determined to reach out to those who have little to no access to free, world-class trainings, wherever they may be.

*special thanks to ABS-CBN’s Mr. Engelbert Apostol for all the help, support, and faith ever since EducAid started in 2011.

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P is for Purpose (in Presentations)

(originally posted on Jelson Estrella Capilos’ old blog on June 12, 2011)

Last May 28, Hya and I attended a parents’ orientation at the school where we enrolled Stacey. Save for the heavy rains, everything went well that day; we learned a lot about the school, its methods, and facilities, we got to know more about the qualifications of the teachers, and we were amused with the teachers’ revelations about Stacey when she attended summer class: they fondly remember her for always adding “ting!”, complete with a raised forefinger, whenever she was enumerating her to-do list (“I will brush my teeth, *ting!*, then wash my brush and cup, *ting!*, and pack away my things. *ting!*”), no thanks to Dora and yours truly.

After the first part of the program, we were separated into groups based on the year level of our children. Hya and I went to the 2s and 3s orientation.

Prior to the teacher’s part of the program, she asked us (a classic yet still relevant technique to get everyone involved) to introduce ourselves to the group, what we do for a living, and what we love doing with our kids. Given the instructions, we did exactly what we were asked to do: mention our names, our jobs, and what our favorite activity with Stacey is.

The instructions were so simple to understand and follow, right?

Unfortunately, this was not the case to most of the parents present. Almost everyone gave more than what was asked; one narrated how happy she was for having a biological child, when for most of her life what she did was rear adopted children; another proudly declared how her son can draw and color correctly at age two; a mom confessed that she enrolled her child as a way of getting some quiet time at home; another shared the fact that her son is more into Barbie than action figures!

It was Dale Carnegie who said that “people love to be listened to than to listen.” This reminder puts more responsibility on the speaker or presenter. S/he is given an opportunity to speak before an audience, something that not everyone can have, can do, or is entitled to, so s/he better make sure that what s/he has to say is important.

How does one determine what’s important?

John Maxwell said it best when he said that “everyone communicates; few connect.” Connection is established through effective communication, and effectivity here is only possible when what is provided meets or exceeds (take note, however, that the abovementioned examples are exempt from this) what is needed. This is where purpose comes into the picture. One needs to have a clear purpose for the presentation.

It is the dream that impels action, the blueprint of a building, the compass of the traveler.

In other words, it gives direction and framework to the presentation. Without it, any presentation would seem nothing more than the rantings of a madman, or a verbalized stream of consciousness.

Before starting an actual presentation, one must make sure that there’s a clear purpose behind it. In the abovementioned situation, the teacher provided the outline of what was needed, and we, as parents and presenters, should have been guided by it.

The nature of the presentation is a good way of determining the purpose. We were asked to provide information about ourselves and our kids; everyone should have stuck to it, and should have gone straight to the point. It would have been a different matter if we were asked to deliver, say, an inspirational speech, or to engage in a debate with another party.  The nature determines what needs to be shared, and how to share it.

In today’s “instant” world, where a lot of stimuli compete for people’s attention and focus, and messages get drowned in a torrent of status updates, wall posts, tags and tweets, this “P” of presentations is a must, for a presenter to be heard in the midst of the noise, and for the message to stick.

The purpose needs to be present in any presentation, so as not to exhaust a vital resource in short supply nowadays: the audience’s p, patience.

Present with excellence! Know the secrets to captivating your audience! Attend EducAid’s “How to Wow: Improve your Presentation Skills NOW!” Contact EducAid at educaid.helps@gmail.com to book EducAid’s world-class speakers and trainers for your corporate trainings and seminars.

Start 2014 Right! Attend EducAid’s “How to Wow” on January 25, 2014

ImageA HAPPY, HEALTHY, and WEALTHY NEW YEAR TO EVERYONE!

Finally, after three years, EducAid gives in to demands and brings back its stand-alone trainings! We open this year with our “How to Wow: Improve your Presentation Skills NOW!” training on January 25, Saturday, 1 to 5 pm, at Rufo’s Timog Avenue, Quezon City (across GMA 7, a short walk from MRT GMA Kamuning station).

Whenever we communicate, we compete with other kinds of information in the environment. It’s been said that everyday, a person receives an average of 35,000 messages. How do YOU compete, then, so that your message stands out, especially if that vital sale, that promotion, that sweet “YES,” that important lesson, hinges on your success in conveying your message?

The “How to Wow” presentation skills training is designed to help you come up with messages that move, talks that touch, and speeches that stir emotions. In this training, EducAid Managing Partner and Trainer Jelson Estrella Capilos will share with participants techniques and strategies on how to create “sticky” messages that stand out and outlast others. Participants will be taught how to craft a presentation from beginning to end, how to avoid the sins of presentations, and how to make visual aids that really catch and maintain attention.

Learning investment is ONLY P700.00 inclusive of certificate, meal, training materials, and of course, amazing learning.

Now’s your chance to experience what participants consistently describe as “amazing” and “life-changing.” Preregistration is needed since slots are very limited.

REGISTER HERE

Reminders for Participants of “Today’s Teachers, Tomorrow’s Leaders” 2013

On October 11, six world-class speakers will share their experiences and expertise with 500 educators from all over the Philippines for the first part of this year’s “Today’s Teachers, Tomorrow’s Leaders.”

The final list of participants will be posted on Friday, October 4. These are the individuals who have complied with all the requirements (submitted completely-filled out forms with their official IDs or appointment papers), received an email from the EducAid team, AND texted the number provided in the email reply their commitment to attend.

To get the most out of this experience, the following are guidelines that the participants are highly enjoined to observe:

1. Limit toilet breaks. As sign of respect to the speakers and to really get a lot from each session, teachers are requested not to go out while sessions are ongoing. Toilet breaks are assigned at specific points in the program. It’s not everyday that they will encounter the amazing speakers, so they might as well listen and learn.

2. Observe University rules and regulations. It is through the benevolence of the administration of Ateneo de Manila University that EducAid was able to secure the use of the magnificent Leong Hall, hence, participants are highly encouraged to abide by the rules and regulations of the University. Teachers are expected to stay within the conference venue while sessions are ongoing, in the foyer during breaks to visit the sponsors’ booths, and in the roof deck dining area during the lunch break. No one is expected to loiter around the University especially during the conference hours; failure to abide by this may result in being accosted by the roving guards.

3. Pay P200 for the meal or bring packed lunch in reusable packaging. The Ateneo is very strict in implementing rules for environmental protection, including banning the use of disposable food packaging. In light of this, EducAid will refrain from serving meals and beverages in disposable packaging. Participants are advised to bring tumblers or mugs. No food and drinks are allowed inside the venue and at the foyer.

For the meal, participants can pay ONLY P200 for the meal, snacks, and a very limited, official EducAid baller ID as ticket to the food line and souvenir!

Those who will avail of this option will have to deposit the payment to this BDO account: EducAid Professional Services and Events Management, 390305529. Send a photo or scanned image of the deposit slip to educaid.helps@gmail.com with the Subject: “Food payment of (name of participant).” Payments will have to be made not later than October 8, Tuesday. Participants may also opt to bring their own food provided it is in reusable, not disposable, packaging.

4. Prepare to have fun! EducAid’s seminars are incomparable to any other event that participants may have attended before. The teachers are encouraged to just relax, have fun, and more importantly, learn and apply. There’s a reason why those who have attended EducAid’s seminars can’t get enough, and most even become volunteers so they get to experience EducAid’s seminars on a regular basis!

The organizers and the speakers are looking forward to working with the participants build a better nation through better education.