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Essential Presentation Skills

Training course in Essential Presentation Skills

Learning to deliver strong, confident presentations

One-Day Course

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  • Acquire methods for opening and closing a talk with authority and presence
  • Learn how to use your voice to command attention
  • Design high impact presentations


Making presentations to customers, colleagues and employees is an increasingly important aspect of many people’s work. This one-day course is about learning to make those presentations with passion and power. It is also designed to give those new to public speaking a real sense of confidence.

Learning objectives

By attending this highly interactive one-day course you will:

  • Gain an insight into the ‘golden rules’ of powerful presentations
  • Master a technique for developing your self-confidence
  • Discover how to set clear goals for your talks
  • Learn how to design effective visual aids
  • Develop a strong, flexible speaking voice that exudes confidence and energy

Who should attend?

This is a training programme for managers, sales people, and others who are new to public speaking or who have not had any formal training in this topic and have to make presentations as part of their job.


Delegates should come prepared with two, five-minute presentations that they will deliver during the course.

Day 1

The ‘golden rules’ of effective presentation

Reviewing the theories, key concepts, beliefs, values and principles involved in effectively designing and delivering a talk.

  • Examining your current beliefs
  • Reviewing expert beliefs
  • Making changes that you feel are appropriate for you

Pairs Exercise: applying the ‘Affirmation’ technique

Presentation planning

Understanding important principles in the design of effective presentations.

  • Setting your outcome
  • Knowing your audience
  • Having a logical structure and the importance of the ‘signpost slide’
  • Creating effective PowerPoint slides
  • The power of rehearsal

Pairs Exercise: reviewing your colleague’s pre prepared talks

Building presenter confidence

Confidence in presenting has four sources. Firstly, it stems from having expert beliefs, secondly, from knowing your material, thirdly, positive experience (i.e. having done it successfully in the past) and fourthly, from conditioning yourself to feel good about presenting. Using a technique known as ‘resource anchoring’ we can develop this conditioning aspect of building confidence.

  • The conditioning process
  • Building positive emotions
  • Using ‘triggers’

Pairs Exercise: resource anchoring to build confidence

Delivering with impact

There will be a review of the Boulden Assessment checklist, which highlights the key points that the speakers need to implement when giving their talks.

  • The Boulden seven step introduction method
  • The Boulden three step ending technique
  • Using your voice well – the 4 P’s: Pausing, Power, Pace and Pitch
  • Eye contact to gain rapport with the audience
  • Body language and gestures to dramatise the message
  • Visual aids to reinforce your message and the ‘lines of sight’ concept
  • The read, rotate, repeat delivery method

Group Exercise: discussion of key points

Group Exercise: practising the introduction and ending techniques

5 minute practise presentations

Speakers take turns to deliver their five-minute presentations in front of the group and are given feedback by reviewing the videotape of their presentation and as a result of getting feedback against the Boulden assessment checklist.



Numbers are limited twelve per course to maximise participation in the programme. Each presenter is given a detailed assessment of their talk, which is prepared by their peers. Completing the Boulden assessment checklists is not only valuable to the presenter it also helps those completing them to gain an in-depth understanding of the building blocks that make up an excellent presentation.

Remote Training

All of our workshops can be delivered as Remote Training via e-learning modules plus Zoom based virtual workshops. Please see our Virtual Training page for more information.


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Tel: 0844 394 8877