I have created and now teach a series of classes for the central IT function for one the world's largest companies. These classes span from one day to three and a half days each. I love being able to apply what I have learned in thirty years of IT work to help others.
The current roster of classes below can be adjusted to fit the needs of other clients, large and small, and can be tuned into one hour "snippets" to illustrate key points.
While with HP's Agilent Technologies Global Infrastructure Team, I formed a global team of Project Managers and Service Delivery Managers who were located across the US, and in Germany, India, China, Singapore, and Japan.
Using the experience gained in creating and leading the team, combined with current theories from practitioners, I created a class that uses presentations, videos, discussions, and hands-on workshops to provide the tools to effectively guide remote teams.
Abstract and Visual Thinking
The Enterprise Architects at Company "X" frequently act as internal consultants. Their managers want them to be able to step into any situation, quickly analyze the environment, distill the essential elements, and communicate their findings to a wide audience.
Using Dan Roam's Back of the Napkin series of books as the foundation, we have a day-and-a-half class that starts with brain theory, and works the students through a series of applied tasks to enable them to take the visual thinking concepts back to their next assignments.
The class' stated goal "Release your inner McGyver – enter any situation and use the tools and knowledge that you have to create a solution."
“Any problem can be made clearer with a picture, and any picture can be made using the same simple set of tools”
The follow-on to the Abstract and Visual Thinking class, Visual Communications teaches the elements of good presentation structure, and effective PowerPoint design.
The class is not a PowerPoint how-to class, but does teach some basics in graphics design and layout as a means to creating effective presentations.
“The ability to communicate in pictures is a key leadership skill.
Advanced Presentation Skills
The final step in becoming a Complete Presenter
The Visual Communications class teaches crafting a solid presentation and how to graphically present information.
This class focuses on developing executive-level Oral Communication skills and Presentation Management practices to become a Complete Presenter.
Using Abraham Lincoln as our archetype, students learn how to speak to the audience and handle a variety situations. Each student presents three talks which are recorded and used by them to review their presentation skills and to focus on key areas of improvement.
“Abraham Lincoln is today regarded as one of America's greatest public communicators."
"Just a note to thank you again for the excellent course you presented last week.
I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it and am looking forward to putting my new-found insights into practice."