PBF presenters come from many different backgrounds, and may have different skills and experience; but they all share a common passion to ‘make a difference’. All live with permanent injury and now work with PBF Australia, sharing their stories to prevent injury and death on our roads, at home, in the workplace or in the water. Employment opportunities are often limited for those living with spinal cord injury, so at PBF we continue to support and develop our presenting team.
At a recent personal development day ten of our WA Road presenters were put through their paces by Symon Still, PBF’s Injury Prevention Manager. The day gave our presenters the opportunity to discuss current road safety initiatives with the RAC Community Education Team and to brainstorm ways to engage and influence students. However the main focus was on support, training and development as we work towards the ‘perfect’ PBF presentation.
The session was interactive, with Symon working with the team on developing the format of a persuasive presentation, on how to make an impact from the beginning and how to successfully conclude their presentation.
Symon also provided the team with some practical advice and resources to assist them with their presentations, and introduced the concept of “Presenting with C.O.U.R.A.G.E”:
CONFIDENCE – Believe in what you are saying
OPTIMISTIC– Give the audience hope
UNDERSTANDING – Be easy to understand and relatable
REALISTIC – With vision
ABLE – Practice what you preach
GENUINE – With what you say and be trustworthy.
ENGAGING – By caring about what you are saying
The training day was a great success and provided the presenters the chance to get together to share their own personal experiences and to develop their skill set in a safe, supportive learning environment.