laat ik het zo zeggen…

Workshops in het Engels

  • geplaatst door Anne Spies in
  • Algemeen
  • 14-03-2012

Refreshing, Confrontational, and Inspirational

Workshop Presenting & Pitching with Marije Alma

Prepare Properly

On a dreary Wednesday morning Marije Alma, media coach with Spies&Spreken, is welcomed by an enthusiastic crowd of hairdressers in the beautiful theatre at Keune Haircosmetics HQ, Soest. As she climbs unto the stage and addresses her audience she immediately illustrates how not to begin a presentation by complaining about the lights. Marije points out that a proper preparation is essential for the effectiveness of a speech or pitch. Not only is it important to prepare what you want to say, but also to adjust lights, microphone stands, and props that might otherwise divert attention away from the message you came to share. As soon as you open your mouth and utter your first words, everything else should be in their proper place.

Connect with your Audience

As soon as the lights have been adjusted accordingly, Marije presents the first exercise; the introductory pitch round in which every participant introduces themselves to their fellows. Since the content of the pitch is restricted to simple personal facts such as name and function within the company, Marije can focus entirely on performance. The first challenge she addresses is connecting with your audience. In order to gain the audience’s attention speakers must address its members personally. Marije’s advice is to actively look for eye contact, take time to really look individuals in the eyes and make sure to neglect no one.

Pause, Pause, Pause

One challenge Marije spends much time practicing with the Keune hairdressers is tactical pausing. Dropping silences during a speech or pitch takes guts, but when employed tactically it greatly benefits the reception of any message. Well placed pauses give audiences the time to process the speaker’s words. Pauses are effective tools to highlight important words and phrases in a pitch. Short sentences divided by pauses make the message stick better. A pause helps to build in a moment to breath and consider what to say next. Pauses, in short, are powerful communicative tools. When the participants have been able to thoroughly practice pausing, they are ready for their next challenge: pitching Keune products.

Be Memorable

The final exercise is all about speaking with conviction. Marije brings together every challenge discussed during the previous presentation rounds; preparation, body posture, eye contact, and pauses. Brief sentences with topic words highlighted by tactical pauses prove most effective in a pitch becoming persuasive and memorable. At the end of the day, the workshop, at least, leaves a memorable impression on the participants of the workshop. Marije is enthusiastic, sharp, and engaging in her approach. No detail escapes her scrutinizing gaze and she gives ample room to practice until all feedback has successfully been integrated. Her sensitivity to individual needs and challenges of participants makes her respond with fitting advice and exercises. Although time is limited, participants feel the workshop is confrontational, very useful, inspirational and, above all, important for anyone who needs to present and pitch professionally.







Lees ook

Vaarwel, Presenteren in 1 dag

Ooit op de Heilig Landstichting begonnen Marije Alma en ik met Presenteren in 1 dag. Marcel Weber kookte er meesterlijk bij en Machiel Otten schonk verrukkelijke wijnen. Marjon Sars gaf tips voor kleding en uitstraling. We deden toen mediatraining, speechen, kleding, storytelling en pitchen allemaal op één dag. In de loop der jaren legde ik […]

lees verder
Luka uitzwaaien

Zo daar zijn we dan… een half jaar verder. Ik kan me de eerste dag nog herinneren alsof het gister was. Een heel raar gevoel dat de tijd zo snel kan gaan. Ik kan nu officieel zeggen dat ik GESPIEST ben. Ik weet niet of ik daar blij mee zou moeten zijn, als dat echt […]

lees verder
Hoe overtuig je met je stem?

Eindig een zin met een lagere stem en je klinkt geruststellend en overtuigend. Om jou kunnen we niet heen. Wat je vertelt klinkt waar. “Vragend spreken” is diep verankerd in onze spreekcultuur. We horen het in elke training gebeuren. Met de beste bedoelingen houden mensen hun hoofd scheef, kijken vragend (wenkbrauwen omhoog) én eindigen hun […]

lees verder
deze week
  • maandag 18 oktober
  • telefonisch SPREEKuur (8:00 - 10:00)
  • Spies & Spreken, Lindenlaan 31D, 6584 AC Molenhoek — ochtend

  • maandag 18 oktober
  • Secretariaat
  • Spies & Spreken, Lindenlaan 31 D, 6584 AC Molenhoek (LB) — ochtend

  • maandag 18 oktober
  • online coaching (oratie)
  • Spies & Spreken, Lindenlaan 31D, 6584 AC Molenhoek — middag

  • dinsdag 19 oktober
  • presenteren in 1 dag (basistraining) KPN
  • Spies & Spreken, Lindenlaan 31D, 6584 AC Molenhoek — hele dag

  • woensdag 20 oktober
  • congresvoorbereiding (Sprekers St. Maartenskliniek)
  • Sint Maartenskliniek, Hengstdal 3, 6574 NA Ubbergen — hele dag
  • in samenwerking met Saskia Jacquet

  • donderdag 21 oktober
  • duocoaching (basis) twee sprekers KPN
  • Spies & Spreken, Lindenlaan 31D, 6584 AC Molenhoek — ochtend

  • vrijdag 22 oktober
  • individuele coaching (spreker congres)
  • Spies & Spreken, Lindenlaan 31D, 6584 AC Molenhoek — ochtend

dit jaar