Course Highlights

This presentation skills course for people who present to executives will:

  • Offer best practices for sharing information with people pressed for time.
  • Suggest a tactic for designing a flexible presentation that can expand and contract as needed.
  • Recommend a method for identifying presentation plots and developing a narrative around those storylines.
  • Explain when and how to incorporate stories, examples, analogies, and metaphors into their narratives.
  • Share best practices for creating a solid slide deck.

Course Overview

A senior executive’s most precious resource is time. For presenters, that means every second with this audience counts. This two-part virtual training course covers tactics and tools for effectively communicating with people in charge. During the program, participants will learn how to create presentations that can expand and contract. This structure will allow them to accommodate a group’s desire to hear an overview and any requests to take a deeper dive into the details. We will also discuss methods for speaking with an audience and not at them, best practices for creating solid slides, and skills for reading a room and adapting. Many of the lessons from this course translate to email communication as well as general conversations. In the program’s final segment, we will identify how to apply key concepts of this course to other workplace communication.

Note: For a similar program offered onsite, see our onsite course for presenting to executives.

Segment One Objectives

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

  • Identify what’s essential to a senior audience.
  • Create an audience profile.
  • Prioritize an audience.
  • Determine what should and should not be part of a presentation to executives.
  • Answer seven important questions executives ask.
  • Create a framing statement.
  • Write a summary headline.
  • Develop a narrative thread.
  • Structure information in an answer-first format.
  • Follow a one-story-per-slide design framework.

Segment Modules

  • Who Is in the Room and Why: Understanding a Senior Audience
  • Need to Know Versus Nice to Know: Categorizing Content
  • Seven Questions to Answer: Thinking Like the C-Suite
  • Framing Statement, Headlines, and Plots: Planning the Story

Segment Two Objectives

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

  • Develop a purpose-first introduction.
  • Create a strong ending.
  • Leverage headlines to reduce ambiguity.
  • Identify errors that can derail a narrative.
  • Explain top best practices for creating and presenting charts.
  • Outline actions presenters can take to appear confident and in control.
  • Leverage language to anchor ideas, transition between points, and guide an audience.
  • Troubleshoot common challenges.

Segment Modules

  • Solid Building Blocks: Strong Introductions, Conclusions, and Transitions
  • From Me to You: Using Headlines to Reduce Ambiguity 
  • Narrative Stoppers and Detours: Removing Roadblocks
  • Top of the Charts: Best Practices for Presenting Data
  • Word Power: Leveraging Language to Your Advantage
  • Troubleshooting: Solving Common Problems

At this program’s conclusion, participants should be able to create and deliver a concise presentation to senior executives and other groups pressed for time.