JALT BizComSig Conference, Toyo University

On Sunday 9th September 2018 I will be giving a presentation at the 3rd JALT BizComSIG Conference in Toyo University.

I will be discussing Presentations as a tool in business communication.

The agenda for the day and the text of the handout to go along with my talk are available below.

Conference Agenda

I hope to see many of you there!

 


Presentations as a tool in business communication
Mat Davies (MSc (Econ), BA, CIPD, CELTA)
3rd annual BizComSIG Conference Tokyo

9th September 2018


Questions:
What interests you about this topic?
What would you like to know?

Why is this topic important?

  1. Political changes (national)–Three Arrows : Competition Law.
  2. Social shifts (Prefectural) – Demographics, (recruitment), seniority system.
  3. Departmental change (business specific) – ES, CSR, T-model.

Crossing the divide.
A manufacturing company asked me to develop a full-day workshop for staff based on presentation skills. I was told they couldn’t find a provider for soft skills in English  in Japan that met their needs. I have repeatedly observed a gap in service provision in this field.

Question
What are the barriers when delivering presentation workshops in Japan?

Putting it into practice

  • Students introduce each other by learning what motives the other person.
  • Apply HR hacks and activities  used in HR, L&D and corporate development.
  • Use a strategy wheel to elicit what the students already know and care about.
  • Design and deliver the worst presentation you possibly can.

Core principles that I have recommended that have received hot and cold positive feedback from business communication workshops.

There is no silver bullet

  • The head, hands and heart model. Be interesting. Know your subject. Connect.
  • So contextualize. What is the challenge? What is the solution?
  • Structures and hacks. The hook, think in threes, words maze.
  • Define hard skills: Prompt cards, techno-fixing, visualizing.
  • Develop soft Skills: Credible, curious, collaborative, and engaged.
  • Emphasize constructive feedback and questions. Silence is OK!.

©Mathew Davies 2018