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

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.

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