Course Highlights

This presentation skills workshop will:

  • Prepare participants to speak with greater control and charisma in front of others.
  • Suggest a methodology for choosing the right amount of information to share with different audience groups.
  • Share best practices for organizing content.
  • Suggest strategies for engaging audiences.
  • Provide tips for preparing for and managing question-and-answer sessions.

Course Overview

Strong presentation skills can advance a career; poor speaking skills can ground a rising star. No matter how good or important a message is, if it’s not delivered in an interesting and effective way, chances are it won’t be heard.  

During this hands-on workshop, participants will learn how to conquer the podium and deliver presentations that get results.  From dynamic introductions to powerful closings, those who attend will have an opportunity to practice and refine their presentation design platform skills.

This workshop is one of our oldest and most requested onsite training programs. We can deliver it as described or tailor it to your team’s goals and objectives.

Program Objectives

At this program’s conclusion, participants should be able to:

  • Identify the essential components of a presentation.
  • Create an introduction, transitions, and conclusion.
  • Use the SEATS model to analyze an audience and shape a presentation’s focus.
  • Find key messages.
  • Choose a presentation framework.
  • Differentiate need-to-know and nice-to-know information.
  • Identify best practices for creating slides.
  • Deliver a confident introduction and conclusion.
  • Implement techniques for varying vocal tones and body language.
  • Discuss ways to remove filler words.
  • Deploy strategies for managing audience, content, technology, and timing challenges.
  • Conduct effective question-and-answer sessions.

The following outline highlights some of the course’s key learning points. As part of your training program, we will modify content as needed to meet your business objectives. Upon request, we will provide you with a copy of the participant materials prior to the session(s).

Workshop Outline

What It Looks Like: The Anatomy of a Successful Presentation

This program begins with participants examining the parts of successful presentations: powerful introductions, effective transitions, and captivating conclusions. Participants will then dive in “head first” with a short practice presentation.

Let Me Tell You: Understanding Audience Differences

A strong audience analysis is a key step in building a presentation that hits the mark. In this portion of the course, we will explore the SEATS model for determining what matters to an audience.

Plot the Path: Finding Key Messages and Organizing Information

Our next activities focus on finding key messages and organizing information.  Participants will work through a series of exercises designed to help them craft a strong narrative and support their assertions with robust examples, data, and other pertinent information. 

Don’t Slip on the Slides: Effective Visual Aids

Choosing and using visual aids is an integral part of many presentations. This course segment shares best practices for creating easy-to-digest slides and leveraging headlines and headings to share information quickly.

Highs and Lows: Adding Vocal Variety

“Goodbye, monotone. Hello, dynamic speaker.”  This part of the program focuses on building the participants’ confidence and helping them add visual and vocal variety to their presentations.  To stretch their skills, we will consider various ways to communicate the same message and when it makes sense to use each.

Stop Shaking in Your Shoes: How to Overcome the Fear of Public Speaking

Fear is why many people do not enjoy public speaking. This workshop component examines the reasons for fear and techniques to overcome it. Participants will receive a checklist for projecting a professional image and learn how to eliminate such distracting speech habits as “um,” “ah,” and “you know.”

Audience Engagement: Managing Interactions

“Does anyone have any questions?” Crickets and more crickets. This part of the course explores best practices for engaging an audience and preventing no-response answers to that question. In this segment, we will also discuss strategies for conducting Q&A sessions and techniques for handling challenging behaviors.

Stand and Deliver: Preparation and Practice

The program culminates with participants making explanatory, informative, or persuasive presentations. We will video each participant for review and critique.

At the conclusion of this interactive program, participants should feel more confident in their abilities to create and deliver presentations.