Presenting with Confidence

If you’re like most people, you probably dread having to stand up and give a presentation. But presentations are here to stay—they’re a great way to share information, generate discussion and motivate your audience to act. Strong presentation skills build your credibility and make a positive, memorable impression. Being able to present your message with clarity and confidence, and in language your audience understands, plays a big part in your personal and organizational success.

This course teaches you how to write clear, interesting presentations and present them with skill and confidence. If you’re selling externally, you’ll learn how to express the value proposition that differentiates you and your team from the competition. If you’re presenting internally, you’ll learn to be persuasive and clear.

Who should attend

This is a high level course for anyone who writes their own presentations and needs to communicate technical or financial information. We assume you have a good grasp of using PowerPoint and can design tables and graphs.

You will learn how to

  • Use a checklist to create a communication strategy that focuses you quickly on your purpose and audience and saves time in the long run
  • Create a storyboard that highlights the key points you want to make
  • Make each point clear and memorable
  • Present financial or technical information in a way that’s easy to understand
  • Write an opening that engages your audience and puts them at ease
  • Write a satisfying executive summary
  • Connect ideas to create flow and help your audience follow your logic
  • Use positive, persuasive language
  • Establish your credibility without boasting
  • Use your voice and body language to engage your audience
  • Overcome any nervousness and present with confidence
  • Close strongly

Our approach

This program has three components: pre-work, a 1-day classroom session devoted to writing and editing your presentation and a second 1-day classroom session devoted to presenting your talk.

The pre-work guides you through the initial strategizing and planning of your presentation’s content. You will either produce a rough first draft of a presentation you need to give or rethink a presentation you have given and want to work on.

Course size and length

The ideal class size is between 6 and 8 participants. This ensures everyone has time to receive lots of coaching and feedback.

Participants will need computers for creating their presentations.