2011: New clients and repeat customers this year: Statnett, Statoil, SSØ, DnBNOR, Fokusbank, Econ Pöyry, Pricewaterhouse Coopers run the Prepare, Produce, Present class. (Class agenda, what customers are saying, suggested reading).
2010: Our class has been very popular this year with Norwegian clients. We have trained several hundred people at DnB NOR, Posten, Econ Pöyry, Senter for Statlig Økonomistyring and Pricewaterhouse Coopers to mention a few (course-information in Norwegian)
Sept 2008: JazzCode's Prepare Produce Present workshop offered by London Business School as part of their client executive education programme.
We must communicate better
For most companies, the ability to convey ideas is critical for success. Every day we are confronted with ideas and logic, but too often, the best ideas fail because of unfinished thinking, highly complex subject matters and poor communication skills.
Carl Stormer on stage in Barcelona for Schibsted.
The Prepeare, Produce, Present workshop (click here for Norwegian) uses techniques from consulting, advertising, film making and jazz to help consultants, analysts, engineers and sales and marketing people improve how they structure and convey meaning. The method, developed by JazzCode, helps teams standardize how they develop and structure ideas together.
This is not a typical "how to make better powerpoints", but rather, "how teams develop shorter, better and more interesting documents" by focusing on a shared story structure and a sound, logical pyramid of arguments to support the story structure. The skills apply equally well with presentations, reports and proposals.
This was the most useful training I have attended. I am really fascinated of the content, the way of being trained and the expertise of the trainer.
From a participant survey at Pannon. Read what Econ Analysis had to say about the workshop (for both surveys, use password "jazzcode").
The workshop is structured into three modules.
Day 1: Prepare—how to prepare the production and presentation—ensures stringent logic and solid storyline. This section is divided into three: strategy, structure and story. Most of this material is based on the Pyramid Principle (summarized), developed by Barbara Minto for McKinsey & Co. The participants are taken through a set of exercises and cases to establish understanding and real learning.
Day 2: Produce and Present. These two modules teach a) how to optimize the production process and b) how to blow people away when you present. The first module can be expanded to include super-user skills for powerpoint (multiple templates, embedded objects, enhance formatting etc.) whereas the third module, Present, can also be enhanced to teach rehearsal techniques as well as effective techniques to enhance effectiveness during presentations.
The material is developed by Carl Stormer (bio), using principles from consulting, interactive design, story boarding, and performing arts where rehearsal, warm-up and stage presence are critical successfactors.
Carl Stormer, principal, JazzCode Inc.
For more info, contact JazzCode Inc. at +47 92280846 or +1 (617) 381-4321 or email carl at jazzcode.org.