Michelle Bowden is an authority on presentation & persuasion in business. Michelle is a CSP (the highest designation for speakers in the world), Founder of Speakers' Club, co-creator of the PRSI (a world-first psychometric indicator that tests your persuasiveness at work), best selling internationally published author (Wiley), 9 x nominee for the prestigious Educator Award for Excellence (PSA), editor of How to Present magazine, producer of Michelle Bowden TV, nominee best new TEC speaker 2016, and a regular commentator in print, radio and online media.

If you’ve ever thought you’d like to improve the way you communicate with the people around you so your relationships become easier…

And if you’ve ever thought there must be a better way to get people on side…

If you’ve ever wished you didn’t have to influence a stakeholder because you weren’t quite sure how to say it…

Or you just want to hear the word “yes” more often in your life… you’ll love working with Michelle!

Speak Up and Influence People is a high energy session that shows you that anyone can have the power to influence and the confidence to speak up in meetings, one-on-ones, even when there's conflict. Simply learn the 3 x Ps of Persuasion and have the right attitude. This is a fun presentation that will have your delegates laughing and learning all at the same time.

Webinars & Virtual Offerings

Virtually Compelling

How to easily structure compelling messages in online meetings and emails.

In this new virtual world, how do you structure what you need to say so that you captivate people, communicate your key messages and motivate them to stay productive? 

Most of us are zoom fatigued! We are attending on-line meeting after on-line meeting with little personal connection and a serious lack of engagement. We are staring at a photo of our own face from one meeting to the next instead of connecting properly with each other. And then there’s the constant interruptions of people logging in late, bamboozled by the technology, and distracted by their cat or home schooling!

This live, interactive, online session will show you how to easily structure your messages for on-line meetings. You want your people or clients engaged the whole time you’re talking, and you also want to inspire them and compel them to take the action you require so everyone stays pumped, purposeful and productivein a remote environment.

Key messages:

  1. There’s an easy formula to follow that works!
  2. Anyone can do this – face-to-face, on-line or even via email.
  3. If it’s your meeting, then it’s your job to ensure you get the outcomes you want!

Key take-aways

  • Learn how to captivate people from the start so they lean in and want to listen.
  • Structure the message to engage anyone, no matter the subject or audience type.
  • Learn how to compel your people to action so your meeting achieves your desired results.

Virtually Persuasive

How to be Persuasive in the virtual environment

Covid-19 has caused stress and uncertainty for most. If you’re a leader how do you persuade your people to stay motivated, focused and productive? If you’re in sales, even though your sales messages might have changed a bit, how do you keep selling and doing business during Covid-19?

When your interactions are virtual rather than face to face, how do you keep people up to date? How do you show them what’s still possible? Should you change what you say? What do you do about the fact that you’ve lost the art of reading body language? How will you get under people’s skin so they can’t say no to you? 

The words you say are way more important than they used to be in this new environment. When you get the words right, you’ll have less arguments and conflict, you’ll build stronger relationships with your clients and team members, you’ll sell more, and you’ll have less meetings, with less backwards and forwards, less politics, and less objections so you’ll get things done.

Key messages:

  • There is an art and science to persuasion that anyone can learn.
  • You need to get right into your people’s shoes.
  • Rapport is the key, doing it online is slightly different to face-to-face.

Key take-aways

  • Learn how to get people to trust you, support you and endorse your ideas or suggestions.
  • Learn how to use the right words to build rapport.
  • Learn how to diffuse conflict and manage objections so your people love you again! 

Virtually Anything!

The quick-fire answers to everything you ever wanted to know about being persuasive

We all have our own unique and specific challenges when presenting or facilitating our meetings, trainings or conferences. Some people are nervous presenters and would do anything to avoid speaking up in a meeting and being ridiculed. Some people have never been taught presentation skills and just copy what their boss does, hoping for the best. And then there are people who are seriously skilful and want to be even more masterful and captivating!

How will this session work?

Bring your burning questions to this fully interactive, remote session and let Michelle answer everything you need to know to solve your communication problems right now!

Simply ask your questions and she’ll teach you on the spot how to fix it.

Michelle Bowden is the best-selling author of the internationally-published book, How to Present: the ultimate guide to presenting your ideas and influencing people using techniques that actually work (Wiley).She’s run her 2-day Persuasive Presentation Skills Masterclass over 890 times for many thousands of people around the world. She’ll bring her two decades of experience to this session so you can speak up and influence people starting with your very next meeting!

Key take-aways

  • Feel confident and persuasive the next time you speak up in a meeting.
  • Understand the formulas that work for ANY issue you have.
  • Appreciate for once and for all what is, and is not, best practice.

Speaking topics

Speak Up and Influence People

  • If you’ve ever thought you’d like to improve the way you communicate with the people around you so your relationships become easier…
  • If you’ve ever thought there must be a way to get people on side…
  • If you’ve ever wished you didn’t have to influence a stakeholder because you weren’t quite sure of the best way to say it…
  • Or you just want to hear the word “yes” more often in your life… you’ll love working with Michelle!

We influence people every day of our lives. Sometimes we win. Sometimes we lose.

Speak Up and Influence People is a high energy, theory-based, interactive session that shows you that anyone can have the power to influence and the confidence to speak up in meetings, one-on-ones, emails and conversations and win every time.

Simply learn the 3 x Ps of Persuasion and have the right attitude. This is a fun presentation that will have your delegates laughing, learning and demonstrating a behavioural change.

What will you learn?

Your delegates will:

  • Understand their own persuasive strengths and weaknesses.
  • Grasp the concept of being ‘others focused’ at a whole new level.
  • Know how to build deep, unconscious rapport with their stakeholders so they are better placed to persuade to ‘yes’.
  • Diffuse conflict or misunderstandings that occur during the business day.
  • Practice work-related scenarios and develop real-life responses.
  • Gain a better insight into their current approach to persuasion and it’s impact on long term relationships.

This is a fun presentation that will have your delegates laughing, learning and yes (just like the picture here) they will be dancing! The theory is based on behavioural science and we will practice real-life scenarios so everyone leaves the session feeling confident, excited and motivated to try their new-found skills on the job.

Perfect for anyone who communicates at home or at work - that’s everyone right? I can open your conference with this presentation, or wake everyone up and have them buzzing after lunch. It’s up to you.

Group size: The sky is the limit!

How does Speak Up and Influence People work?

There are three phases to this presentation:

Phase 1: Delegates are offered the opportunity to complete the Persuasion Reality Strengths Indicator (PRSI) as on line pre-work. This is part of your keynote speaking investment no matter the number of delegates at your event.

Phase 2: Michelle delivers her keynote presentation called Speak Up and Influence People covering:

  • An overview of persuasion (definitions, recent research, statistics on regional and demographic trends).
  • The 3 Ps of Persuasion including relevant examples so that delegates are super clear on how to work with these life-changing techniques on the job.
  • If you have 1.5-2 hours then Michelle will develop customised scenarios so your delegates practice persuasive responses relevant to their most challenging workplace communication scenarios and leave with realistic scripts and strategies.

Phase 3:

  1. Michelle offers your delegates the opportunity to subscribe to her free on-line magazine called How to Present to ensure they continue their learning in the areas of persuasion and communication.
  2. Michelle will be available to sign her best selling book How to Present: the ultimate guide to presenting your ideas and influencing people using techniques that actually work. You can purchase this in advance as a conference gift or Michelle can offer them at the end of her presentation.
  3. Michelle posts a blog with the key points for delegates to access as a valuable refresher. Plus, delegates are encouraged to subscribe to Michelle’s internationally distributed, free How to Present magazine, and connect through social media.

Persuasive Presenting

89% of executives admit to daydreaming during important meetings and conversations.
75% of people say they believe they would gain greater respect for their knowledge and expertise if they were better communicators - And sadly, when asked about the most recent meeting they had attended, only 28% of people did anything with the information presented – 72% went back to their desk and changed nothing….let’s make sure this doesn’t happen in your meetings ever again!

Would you like your team members, colleagues and clients to sit up and listen when you speak?

Are you sick of feeling like you’re talking to a brick wall in meetings or one-on-ones?

Are you keen to better present your ideas and showcase your professional expertise so you get what you want and accelerate your career?

It’s entirely possible to learn to create a message that sticks in your stakeholder’s mind so they are compelled to take the action you require.

 

In this presentation Michelle teaches the audience how to structure a compelling message and how to design a presentation in only 15 minutes so they don’t need notes. Delegates will also learn the tricks to ensure that they engage and captivate their audiences in the future, no matter the subject or audience types.

This is a fun presentation that will have your delegates laughing, learning and practicing - all at the same time. Attend this practical, high energy, interactive session and try some communication techniques that actually work.

Perfect for anyone who has to present their ideas to incite change or action in your business. Perfect if you have to speak up in meetings, or represent your business at conferences, in sales meetings, tenders or pitches. This session is perfect for just after lunch when people might typically be too tired to learn.

Testimonials

Michelle's expert knowledge in the area of public speaking and presentation skills is world class. Michelle's delivery is fun and engaging, and very 'real'.
Convener, CPA Australia NSW Women in Business

Great engagement with a diverse audience.
Program Executive, IBM

Thank you for a wonderful and inspiring experience at your talk last night. It was so wonderful seeing such a strong, confident career woman up there last night and it has made me realise that I can be the person I want to be!
Strategy and Launch Planning Manager, Toyota Corporation

Michelle is a powerful presenter who demonstrates how to influence and create change in any organisation. I'd highly recommend her as the best presentation and influence expert in Australia
National Sales Manager, Innovex

Fabulous! My team loved it, and are all walking around saying 'I love your guts!'
Medical Director, Schering-Plough

Whilst I was attending a Business workshop last year, (Dale Beaumont) I had the pleasure of seeing Michelle in action. I was impressed by her generosity and her skill in presenting a large amount of information in an engaging and entertaining manner. She had all the participants in the palm of her hand, it was certainly a highlight of the workshop. I have since read her book "Don't picture me naked" and recommend it to clients who are interested in mastering their presenting skills.
Jan Terkelsen, Business Team Specialist, Coach, Consultant

Michelle is engaging, enthusiastic and challenging. Her work with my sales team really opened their eyes to opportunities of never accepting the answer "No" again!
General Manager, National Surgical

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