Effective presentation skills are key for business success. Benchmark delivers award-winning presentation solutions: presentation skills training, public speaking coaching, business storytelling, videos, executive speeches and custom PowerPoint designs.
Benchmark's presentation coaches have unmatched expertise: human behavior experts, award-winning journalists, professional actors, creative writers, TV producers and engaging public speakers.
Business storytelling is an essential tool for marketers, teams and leaders! Simply put, stories have more "stickiness" than any other communication tool you can use in business today. Benchmark Communications' highly interactive storytelling training equips you with the refined strategies you need to deliver compelling and memorable narratives. Our storytelling coaches have devoted decades to researching and developing the best techniques for business storytelling. These techniques will allow you to greatly improve how you sell your ideas and connect with key audiences. Also, you will have fun as you learn how to increase your influence with stories.
Our storytelling coaches will help you strengthen your skills during our storytelling workshops! You and your team will have fun as you learn to master the art of telling stories! Our experts are award-winning journalists, marketers, expert communicators, writers, professional actors and TV directors. We work with a wide range of Fortune 500 companies to expand their storytelling skills and strategies. You can schedule business storytelling training or coaching. Also, we can help you identify and incorporate stories throughout your business to strengthen your brand and employee loyalty.
You absolutely changed the way I approach preparing for and giving presentations! I recently presented to an audience of about 800 people in Dallas and remarkably I wasn’t nervous. I am being invited to speak at more industry events – and found out that at a recent conference I was ranked as one of the top 4 industry presenters out of 65 other professionals! I’ve used so many of Benchmark’s strategies – I don’t even know where to start. ‘Thank you’ doesn’t seem enough.
VP & Chief Accounting Officer
Benchmark Communications helped us create a powerful and visually compelling presentation for a major industry conference in China. Our group had the opportunity to present to more than one hundred top leaders and potential clients, so we needed to hit a homerun. What the Benchmark team created was simply fantastic! They helped us hone our messages and delivered a rich, visual and engaging presentation that far exceeded our expectations. The methodology and scripts for the breakout sessions were also very effective at getting the participants to contribute to a list of key actions. All in all it was a great event and Benchmark made a huge difference for us! Much thanks!
Your presentation to our Association’s meeting far exceeded our expectations and drew the largest attendance for all of our luncheons over the past two years! We have received great feedback from the attendees – you are a very talented speaker, and your presentation was on target with lots of useful information that our members can put to good use in their jobs and in their personal lives. We look forward to working with you more in the future!
Benchmark's training went far beyond my expectations. This was a great experience that I would recommend to anyone – including those who think they are seasoned presenters. Benchmark’s coaches delivered a comprehensive agenda, spanning the first thoughts for forming an agenda, to advanced methods to connect with your audience. Benchmark wants you to succeed; they are creative and fun to work with – their knowledge about presentations is outstanding, based on extensive experience and research. The personalized feedback and personalized interactions ensure you get the most from each session. I look forward to mastering their techniques!
Getting up in front of a group and having them look at you is one thing – getting them to listen and really hear your message is something else. Benchmark taught me many techniques to gain the interest of the audience and keep their focus on the presentation, so that I can lead them to the message and create a powerful impact! A very worthwhile investment!
Vice President & Treasurer
Benchmark’s training is worth every penny! We’ve had employees tell us their presentation and storytelling training is life transforming. We had a manager who experienced Benchmark’s training in another state and recommended we offer their programs to the Houston Office. We did and it was immediately a huge success. I cannot say enough good things about the staff at Benchmark or the product they deliver. The time your employees spend with Benchmark will make a positive difference on them immediately. Benchmark goes above and beyond our expectations with their training.
I was shocked at how much I thought I knew about making presentations and really I didn’t. The Benchmark team members were huge in helping me to gain better rapport with my audience, and showing me strategies to make sure the presentation flows properly. They also helped me discover numerous ways to keep my audience’s attention. This was fun, challenging and worth every minute!
Construction Sales Representative
I have had several opportunities to utilize what I learned from Benchmark during meetings with executives and training sessions that I facilitate for our company. While some of the audiences were very small and I really didn’t have to open with a story, I took myself out of my comfort zone and did it anyway. I have found it’s much easier to relate to the audience now by looking at the bigger picture and focusing on what they would want to know about in that first 30 seconds so I can capture their attention. I have received great feedback!
THE PRESENTING HALL OF SHAME: 3 Things Engaging Presenters Avoid
Engaging presenters have an unfair advantage. They stand out! They are memorable and more influential than others. Attention spans are shrinking and people who can hold your attention with a compelling presentation simply have more influence! You look forward to their presentations, because you...
The Situation: A worldwide consulting group approached us about helping their leaders with keynote presentations and other high-profile interactions. One such venue involved a presentation for a large industry conference in China with more than 100 global CEOs. They asked us to produce a visually compelling PowerPoint presentation that succinctly and effectively told the story of a recent study about their industry in Asia. We pored over their research to identify the most intriguing and important content, chose visually captivating photos and graphics, created a visually compelling PowerPoint presentation, created an interactive strategy for break-out sessions and coached their leaders on delivery.
The Results: Within hours of their presentation, we received emails from their leaders in China saying, “The presentation you created FAR exceeded our expectations! It was targeted, visually compelling and memorable. The methodology and scripts for the breakout sessions were highly effective at getting the participants involved and committed to a list of key action items going forward. You made a huge difference for our organization! Much thanks!”
THE BREAKOUT LEADER
The Situation: The HR director for a large company approached us about helping a leader who was being considered for President of his organization. He had a background in finance and accounting, and was not exactly comfortable presenting and engaging people. There was a lot on the line, too – if he could not bring his presentation skills up to meet the expectations of the Chairman, it was very possible he would not get the final nod to become President!
The Results: An initial two-day session was scheduled and the first three hours were very painful for him. But, at the three-hour mark, magic happened! A big smile spread across his face and he said, “I can do this! I can actually enjoy doing this!” His transformation was tremendous. He embraced the core skills we taught him and put them to immediate use. He went on to become the President of his company! His transformation was such that the CEO of their parent company called us a few months later and said, “If you guys can do that for him, I am wondering what you can do for me!” More than ten years later, we continue providing leadership, presentation and communication coaching for this organization.
CHANGE YOUR BELIEFS – AND KEEP THE CHANGE
The Situation: The HR lead for very successful energy group asked us to provide multiple presentation training sessions for their leaders and high potentials. The goal: take their presentation, engagement and influence strategies to a much higher level, so their company could better achieve its business goals with internal and external stakeholders. One of the organization’s accounting leaders was in the first session and he did not see himself as a powerful presenter; he admitted later that he had half way dreaded the session. But, that quickly changed!
The Results: This accounting leader says we helped him transform limiting beliefs he had held most of his career about his presenting capabilities – and unleashed his true talents! He immediately began implementing the key strategies he learned in our session and was thrilled at how enjoyable presenting became for him and his audiences. He stays in touch with us and he volunteers to represent his organization at conferences around the country. At one such conference he was voted as one of the top four presenters out of 65 speakers. Fun! Rewarding! Powerful!