Effective Communications in The Digital Age

Abstract:

Let's face it, it's hard to communicate these days. Everything's binary: people either get what you say or they don't.

A high percentage of all formal business communications and an increasing percentage of school work now involve computer presentations with high graphical content. There is a pressing need to understand how to present one's ideas in the world with impact and -- in this age of shifting meanings and paradigms – unambiguous clarity.

Developed by Dr. Burmark, author of Visual Literacy (ASCD, 2002), this workshop reframes her acclaimed work in the presentations field into an understanding of powerful and effective communications for the Digital Age. It begins with the fundamentals: Are you a good communicator? Can you distinguish between impressing and influencing an audience? What is the quickest way to set the tone for your message? How can you use color for subliminal effects? Should you use humor in a presentation? When should you use photos? clip art? text? Why? What's your goal in making this particular presentation? How do you balance content and glitz? Why should you incorporate animations/video? What equipment should you use?

But beyond these important practical points, we explore the deeper issues of why these elements impact audiences as they do: What is at work on a personal, human level? Why is communication at this level important? How can we find the true purpose of our intent to communicate within our presentations?

This program is highly adaptable to a variety of audiences, including career search professionals, coaches, church leaders, managers, educators (administrators and teachers), sales people -- anyone seeking more effective and fulfilling means of communication.

Presentation type... keynote or breakout session
Audience................ educators and administrators at all grade levels
Duration................. 45 to 90 minutes
Handouts................ Constructing Creative Connections

Dr. Burmark will gladly tailor any presentation to your specific needs.