Professional presentation skills have three benefits – they get your message across; make your organisation look good; and they enhance our own professional reputation.

As people become subject experts or accept managerial roles, they are often asked to share their insights with others. Public speaking is the usual method of sharing knowledge, but most people are very apprehensive about doing it. This course aims to give staff the confidence, knowledge and skills to be highly effective. This workshops regularly gets ‘best course ever attended’ on the feedback sheets.

Learning Objectives

The course will equip learners with the ability to:

  • plan and prepare an effective presentation
  • develop effective personal and public speaking skills
  • speak clearly and confidently in both prepared & impromptu speaking situations
  • manage the discussion that will follow most presentations


Session 1: Modelling professional presenters
  • introduction of participants (video recorded)
  • participants’ view of professional speakers
  • models and elements of public speaking
  • introduce presentation cycle (eg scope, audience,objectives, content, methodology, technologies/aids & evaluation)
  • Maslow’s Stages of Learning (eg conscious / competence levels)
Session 2: Harnessing nerves
  • identify typical symptoms and likely causes
  • facilitate practical ideas to overcome nerves
  • present ideas for controlling nerves
  • preparation techniques (for speeches, seminars, forums, etc)
  • stance, breathing, dress, use of voice, gestures, environment
Session 3: Preparation Ideas
  • setting the environment
  • analysing the audience
  • writing presentation objectives
  • determining the amount of content that can fit a timeframe
  • structuring presentations (including formulae for public speaking)
  • formal versus impromptu presentations
  • use and structure of notes (including writing for voice)
  • delivery of impromptu session by participants (video recorded using written feedback sheets)
Session 4: Presentation Techniques
  • delivering conference papers, conducting seminars, workshops or forums
  • facilitation skills (open body language, listening, questioning techniques)
  • techniques for interacting with the audience (including handling questions)
  • techniques for handling resistant audiences (if required)
  • delivering “pre-prepared presentations”
Session 5: Tools for presentations
  • the impact and importance of visuals
  • common equipment in presentations
  • basic layout and use of key equipment
  • visual aids and design concepts
  • electronic presentations (including introduction to PowerPoint and basic graphical design)
  • balancing oration with visuals (how to use the tools)
  • evaluating the presentation, the materials and its impact on the audience
Session 6: Practical sessions
  • participants are invited to prepare and deliver a series of presentations (2 minutes impromptu session, 5 minute formal presentations and 10 minute facilitation session)
  • constructive feedback will be given using structured evaluation forms, group discussion and video playback

Target Audience

Staff members and/managers required to conduct presentations.


Two days (9:00am – 5:00pm)

Maximum Participants



Posted on

February 22, 2016