Presentation Skills Courses and Training Workshops

The Benefits of Learning Presentation Skills 

Well-trained speakers know how to communicate with purpose, passion, and poise. These people appear confident and capable in almost any situation.

No matter how skilled, most people can benefit from presentation skills training. Basic public speaking courses can help novice presenters feel more comfortable in front of others, and advanced workshops can give experienced speakers an extra edge.

About Our Presentation Skills Training Programs

Our presentation skills courses cover such topics as analyzing audiences, organizing information, using body language effectively, incorporating analogies or stories, and designing compelling slides and visual aids.

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Our Workshop Facilitators

Our professional facilitators, speakers, and trainers know how to create content and deliver it in an engaging way. Throughout their careers, they’ve discovered shortcuts, tips, and tricks to make the design and delivery process easier.

Our Interactive Approach to Training

Our workshops are just that, workshops. No matter which course you choose, you can expect a hands-on program where participants learn by doing throughout the session.

Presentation Skills Course Overviews

To explore our existing course library, read the program descriptions shown on this page. For additional details about each class, click on the course links to see the full workshop overviews.

If you have a need our existing material does not address, we would be happy to talk with you about program tailoring or customized content. Please contact us to discuss your situation. We are excited to learn more about your group and its goals and objectives. 

Note: On the chart below, you will notice some programs list more than one available course length. Several factors will determine the best option for your team: the number of people in attendance, your specific goals and objectives, the amount of coaching time allotted to each participant, and your budget.

Format Key

  • H – Half-Day Onsite Training Course
  • F – Full-Day Onsite Training Course
  • M – Multi-Day Onsite Training Course

Workshop Descriptions

You Don’t Have to Imagine Them Naked: How to Create and Deliver High-Impact Presentations

At some point in their careers, most people find themselves in front of others and tasked with delivery a formal presentation. While some meet the opportunity with enthusiasm, others are less than excited to step up to the podium. This presentation skills course is designed for both groups.  It is structured to provide neophytes with the basics and more experienced speakers with tips to sharpen their skills. The workshop is highly interactive and includes practice time for all participants to demonstrate what they have learned about audience analysis, creating messages, and competently communicating that information to others.  

The ABCs of Public Speaking: Presentation Skills 101

Whether you’ve never presented in a formal setting or it’s been a while since you walked up to the podium, Podium Panache: Presentation Skills 101 can give you the confidence to step up to the microphone. This introductory presentation skills course is ideal for those who do not have a lot of experience presenting information and for those who have not had to present to others in some time. The course covers audience analysis, presentation design, and essential delivery skills. Its primary goal is to provide those who attend with knowledge of the basics dos and don’ts of public speaking.

Podium Panache: Advanced Presentation Skills for Executives

Your senior team may how to stand up in front of people and deliver a message, but do they understand the nuances that make a speech go from satisfactory to spectacular?  This executive-speaking class goes beyond the fundamental skills required to stand in front of a crowd.  It covers key theme discovery and message development, proven frameworks for crafting a compelling narrative, audience analysis and methods for answering the needs of different groups, the use of rhetorical devices during delivery, platform choreography, and techniques for developing and delivering information when there is little time to prepare. Groups who participate in this course should have a strong command of basic presentation skills.

To the Point: Skills for Presenting to Executives

Presenting to the C-suite usually requires an ability to condense a great deal of information into a succinct message. This course focuses exclusively on creating and delivering presentations to senior leaders. During this workshop, participants will learn how to isolate their main message, target their content’s breadth and depth, include only slides that add value, and anticipate questions.

Swallowing Butterflies and Living to Tell About It: Techniques for Better Public Speaking

Public speaking ability is an essential workplace skill in many professions. This interactive program focuses exclusively on delivery techniques. During this course, participants will learn how to project an image of confidence and reduce any feelings of nervousness when speaking in front of others. This workshop also addresses techniques for visually and verbally blocking a presentation, eliminating filler words, adding vocal variety, and communicating information without directly reading from slides.

The Authenticity Advantage: Communicating with Credibility

People who communicate with credibility are believable and inspire trust.  Credible communicators know how to appear capable and confident across communication channels. This program explores the value of credibility and helps participants define a credibility target. The workshop also explores credibility at networking functions, at meetings, in writing, and during formal and informal presentations.

From Statistics to Persuasion: How to Prepare and Deliver Effective Technical Presentations

Presenting complex information can be difficult even under the best circumstances, but when an audience does not have the same understanding of the fundamental facts and processes or its interests are governed by a different set of criteria, the challenge grows exponentially.  This presentation skills workshop is designed for engineers, technology professionals, scientists, and others who must communicate to a range of audiences and break down complex ideas or complicated information into manageable pieces.  

Perfect Pitch: Crafting and Delivering Effective Sales Presentations

Solid presentation skills are critical for anyone who must get up in front of clients.  This sales presentation skills workshop teaches deck creation, platform techniques, questioning skills, and other essential competencies anyone who routinely presents to clients must have.  During this course, we will map a pitch and identify strengths and opportunities.  Next, we will discuss steps for setting the stage and doing advance work in preparation for a meeting.  We will then talk about the importance of asking questions before launching into a pitch.  Following those introductory topics, we will spend time designing a presentation choreographing a meeting.  The course concludes with a robust discussion around planning for the unexpected and staying calm under a wide range of unforeseen circumstances.

But Wait, There's More: Tips, Tricks, and Techniques for Conducting Engaging Product Demonstrations

Strong product demonstrators are experts at showcasing a product and helping an audience envision themselves using it. This course is part sales training and part presentation skills workshop. The program explores the ins and outs of great product demos: researching an audience, conducting one-to-one and one-to-many demonstrations, presenting in person and virtually, incorporating stories, and avoiding sales-killing mistakes. The course also suggests tactics for building rapport and encouraging audience engagement, as well as skills for introducing innovations with which prospects are not familiar. During the seminar, participants will have ample opportunities to practice what they’ve learned and develop their ability to move prospects to the next phase of the sales cycle.

Power Points: Military Briefings Made Easier

Military briefing is rarely described as “easy,” but it can be more comfortable if the briefer is well training and adept at handling a demanding audience.  During this session, participants will learn how to isolate key points and lead with a “bottom line;” choose correct, clear, and concise supporting points; and deliver their content in an engaging manner – whether it is for the first or fiftieth time.  Additionally, this course addresses basic slide design and suggests alternatives to text-heavy slides, a leading cause of “death by PowerPoint.”

Clicks and Tricks: Skills for Virtual Presenters

They cost less than in-person meetings, and they’re not going anywhere soon.  In fact, as technology continues to evolve, you can bet a lot of gatherings that used to happen in the same room move online. Sounds great, or does it?  If a virtual meeting is poorly designed, poorly facilitated, or a combination of both, participants will tune out, drop off, or worse. This presentation skills course for virtual presenters is designed to provide those who participate with the skills they need to design and facilitate well-run virtual meetings.  The program offers suggestions for choreographing a meeting, building rapport, encouraging engagement, using web-based tools to focus participants, and looking good and sounding professional on camera or over the phone.

Smiling While Dancing on Hot Coals: How to Speak with Ease Under Pressure

You’ve got little or no time before you step to the stage, yet you must sound credible and appear composed when you get there.  How will you comport yourself and move with confidence toward the front of the room? “Smiling While Dancing on Hot Coals: How to Speak with Ease Under Pressure” to the rescue.  This half-day workshop teaches the skills needed for fearless speaking on the fly and from the heart.  During this program, participants will learn to organize their thoughts quickly, use their bodies and voices to portray an image of competence, field tough questions, and buy time if they can’t or don’t wish to directly respond to questions asked.

Stage Presents: Using Improvisational Comedy to Discover Your Speaking Gifts

Improvise your way to better presentations with Stage Presents: Using Improvisational Comedy to Discover Your Speaking Gifts. During this dynamic course, participants will discover their natural gifts and enhance their stage presence through lessons using improvisational comedy.  Through a series of experiential activities, participants will energize their presentations with stories, use their voices and bodies to improve their messages, and practice skills for handling the unexpected with ease.  Although we can tailor this course to cover elements of presentation design, the program’s focus is helping people develop their platform skills.

Screen Gems: Creating Impactful Slide Presentations

Do your slide presentations suffer from a poor narrative, lack of a clear purpose, heavy text, colors not found in nature, or some other problem related to PowerPoint? If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, you may be suffering from BSS (Bad Slide Syndrome), a common ailment affecting PowerPoint decks. BSS can create opportunities for miscommunication, cause audiences to “tune out,” and hurt a presenter’s credibility.  The good news is the problem can be managed and in some cases cured.  Screen Gems: Creating Impactful Slide Presentations explores the ins and outs of solid presentation design and creating visual aids to support a well-crafted message. From establishing a narrative and considering transitions to selecting templates and images, this program is about learning how to develop strong content.  Unlike many of our presentation skills programs, this workshop focuses on design and does not emphasize delivery.  If you wish to add that component, consider combining this course with another offering.

Narrative Numbers: Designing Data-Driven Stories

A lot can go wrong when people present data. They choose the wrong information, too much information, or too little. This course is designed for people who must present numbers. During the workshop, participants will learn how to isolate narratives, choose the right chart for the right task, use analogies and stories to support their message, and avoid common mistakes people make when creating visual representations of their data. This is not a platform skills course, its focus is strictly narrative design.

Meet the Press: Mastering Media Relations

In the world of 24-hour news and 140-character tweets, the ability to present a  coherent and succinct message has never been more important.  From crafting narratives and writing press releases to handling unexpected calls from reporters, this media relations training course will prepare participants to interact with members of the press with confidence.  The workshop addresses such questions as what is newsworthy, how do you create a compelling and cohesive story, how do you provide usable sound bites, how do you adjust your responses for print, radio, television, and other outlets, and, what do you do when a crisis occurs?

Onsite Training Course Reminders

Our instructor-led training courses are available to private groups.  These workshops are not offered in a public seminar format.  Please contact us to speak with a facilitator about your needs and bringing training to your organization.

We offer training in the District of Columbia and the following US states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

We also travel to Africa, Australia and New Zealand, Asia, Canada, Central America, Continental Europe, the Middle East, and the United Kingdom.

Please contact us about your location.

Onsite Workshops