Presentations & Public Speaking Video & Audio Training
Intensive course of pronunciation, public speaking and presentations in English
Professional coaching with "British" English standard RP received pronunciation "BBC" accent to improve English both technical pronunciation and phonetics, and also diction, intonation... to improve the all round oral communication of the student.
Improving public speaking techniques in general and specifically presentations in English for meetings, talks and conferences. Learning to read documents and content of presentation slides in English for an audience in a professional manner.
3. Teleconferencing and videoconferencing
Teleconferences, business telephone use, video conferencing, Skype conferencing and virtual corporate meetings in English.
Professional voice / vocal coaching to improve and enhance the voice in English including using techniques of voice and breathing when speaking in English to more effectively convey the corporate message of the company through the voice of the executive, manager or employee.
Presentations and public speaking
It will be noted that Edward Olive is a former English commercial lawyer (solicitor specialised in shipping, international trade, contract and commercial law, litigation and arbitration), a former law lecturer in the Master's degree program in International Commercial Law at London City University and Lecturer in the Faculty of Law in Leeds University. Edward is also a professional actor, drama teacher and acting coach for film & television actors.
The intention is to use this broad and varied professional experience for the benefit of each student during the presentations and public speaking course. Edward Olive has recorded presentations for his clients for use in corporate videos and also live event recordings for international conferences and congresses with wireless microphones, most recently at conferences in China and Hong Kong. Edward Olive always seeks to bring his courses into practice with real experience and practical application. This is not academic intellectual musing but real life and business.
Elements that may be included in an intensive presentations and publci speaking course with Edward Olive include:
1. Practical tips
Examples of practical tips for effective public speaking;
2. Common language
The Use of common corporate presentation language;
3. Standard phrases
Useful of commonly used standard optional phrases that students may include in future presentations;
4. Standard structures
Possible presentation or speech structures that can be adapted to the needs of the specific industry sector of each student, their position in the company and the type of presentation that a student commonly has to do;
5. Standard sections
The different common sections of a presentation, reference to the inclusion of support materials on slides using PowerPoint or handouts;
6. Beginning and ending
How to start and finish a presentation to emphasise the main aim. The use of introductions, summaries and conclusions;
7. Pros and cons
Analysis of pros and cons to draw possible conclusions;
8. Dealing with questions
How to take or avoid answering questions from participants in a meeting or conference. Thinking on one's feet;
The subtle use diplomatic and business English to avoid conflicts with colleagues or members of the audience. Dealing with delicate subject matter;
10. Different types of Presentations
Practice with various different types of standard business presentations;
11. Practical exercises
Putting theory into practice with examples of presentations that the student has already given in their job, or which the student has pending to give;
Public speaking communication techniques, empathy and how public speaking may vary when speaking to a public of different sizes and backgrounds;
Adaptation of the language used for each type of public;
14. "Virtual presentations"
Techniques that can be used when talking or presenting virtually, via telephone connections, teleconferencing, the corporate video and video conferencing with a "virtual" public of different sizes;
The proper use of the different types of microphones that may be available in a conference or in a video shoot;
16. Acting for business
The application of method acting / Actor's Studio / Stanislavski / Lee Strasberg drama techniques to business presentations;
17. Working with partners
Working with a presenting partner / fellow actor - duologues, dialogues, panel discussion groups and the concept of upstaging;
How to read English to communicate a message effectively and professionally.
1. Eye contact
How to maintain eye contact with the audience and sight reading technique;
Intonation and varying tones, speed, rhythms and use of emphasis to avoid monotonous reading that will send the audience to sleep and how to separate the important from the less important;
3. The audience
How to capture and keep the public's attention;
Transmitting the desired main message in the "best" possible way - variations and options;
Use of subtext and the non-written message;
The use of punctuation by an author of a text and the importance of respect for punctuation in delivery;
7. Writing text
Drafting and reviewing written presentations with a view to oral delivery;
8. Clarity of ideas
The use of bullet points and abbreviated structure to clearly transmit messages;
9. Adapting to the audience
Consideration of the target audience and the tailoring of reading to the public;
10. Speaking not reading
Reading is speaking and communicating rather than sounding like reading;
Skills brought in from acting and drama to make a text come alive;
The development or consideration of a role, personality and personalisation of the reading of a basic standard text;
13. Preparing a text
The marking up of a text to aid with its effective oral delivery;
Elimination of pronunciation issues or problems to increase the effectiveness of the delivery of the message;
The different possible variations in the meaning of the same text or use of emphasis that can produce different ways of reading the same passage for different effect;
16. Recording and review
Professional audio recording of reading and closed headphone audio review;
17. Audio wave analysis
Analysis of student and coach speech and interpreting sound waves on computer screen with professional audio programs.
Edward Olive is a native English corporate language teacher and voice coach based in Madrid Spain.
Edward was previously an international commercial lawyer both in London and Paris for Constant & Constant Solicitors (now part of TLT Solicitors). He specialised in corporate & commercial law, international litigation, arbitration & mediation and shipping law including charterparty & bill of lading work for P&I Clubs, Defence Clubs, insurance companies and banks, commodity disputes, including oil, metal and grain disputes, cargo claims, bareboat time or voyage charterparty disputes, disputes over jurisdiction, sales and purchase of ships and ship finance.
Edward is a former lecturer in European, contract, tort and commercial law at The University of Leeds and at London City University. Edward has an LLB 2:1 degree in law from Leeds University, Edward passed the Law Society Finals at The College of Law, York and qualified as an English solicitor in 1996. Although Edward does not currently work in private practice as an English lawyer Edward is still a fully qualified solicitor and is still on The Law Society and Solicitors Regulation Authority Solicitor's Roll of English solicitors.
Edward Olive is also a professional screen actor, television presenter and voice-over artist working in television series, programs, feature films and commercials.
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Specialist courses taught Specialist course taught by Edward Olive (for intermediate and advanced speakers only) (extensive and extensive classes) include:
1. Business correspondence in English - letters, e-mails etc;
2. Business telephone calls & conference calls;
3. English pronunciation - overcoming particular problems Spanish speakers have;
4. Voice work – reading, vocal strength, intonation & stress etc;
5. Giving presentations & conducting meetings in English. Stage fright and nerves;
6. Sales techniques in English;
7. English for lawyers & legal staff;
9. English for actors and drama in English.
Specialist pronunciation and accent reduction courses for business professionals, lawyers, company directors and sales.
The above courses are taught using my own explanatory written material, specific vocabulary lists, group role-plays, student presentations and written exercises. They are also designed to redress particular problems Spanish speakers have in English generally and in the business environment.
Business English materials provided to students of the Edward Olive English School in Madrid Spain
Student Starter Pack
Meetings and negotiating
Presentations business and sales
Sales and selling
Computer and IT vocabulary
General English course delivered by Edward Olive English teacher for companies, legal and business professionals in Madrid Spain.
General & Colloquial Vocabulary
Colloquial and slang vocabulary
Getting abroad and getting around
Play on words
Times of the day
UK versus Spain culture
My favourite mistakes
Subjects for debate
This week lessons
Grammar & Verbs
Make & do
Some & any
Verb revision advanced
Verbs ing or to
Verbs irregular verbs
Academy with masterclasses for teachers and trainers. Intensive British accent and voice courses for companies and executives. Summer programs of languages for corporations and employees. School for course for diction, accent reduction, public speaking, conferences, giving speeches, videoconferences, job interviews, corporate video and company advert preparation. Help with scripts and dialogues for business and for professional actors. Video classes for casting and role preparation for cinema, television theatre and commercials. Language teacher specialised in teaching Spanish natives to overcome their particular linguistic and pronunciation problems. Individual private one to one classes and group sessions. Availability in Madrid centre downtown center Spain and worldwide via Skype or telephone classes.
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