Good presentation skills are within everyone’s reach.

For many people having to stand up and speak before an audience can be a daunting and unpleasant experience. However it doesn’t have to be like this, by practising and following a few simple techniques you could become an inspirational speaker who is able to make a lasting impression on a audience.

Choosing the right course is crucial to getting value for money, it must teach you what you need to know and improve your job prospects. This resource page aims to help you in this endeavour by giving you information on what you should expect to get from a course.

Presentation Skills training course overview

These tailor made courses will teach you how to speak confidently, influence an audience and bringing everything you say to life. They will develop you as a public speaker and help you to cultivate skills that will directly impact your success at both work and in your personal life.

Employment focused courses such as these concentrate on helping you to overcome challenges and reach your career goals. They are aimed at delivering quick results by rapidly improving your abilities and transforming you into an inspirational speaker in the shortest time possible.

Specialist classes will push you towards thinking about who your audience is and what you want them to get out of a presentation. You will learn something new, develop your existing skills and leave with the ability to express yourself more effectively.

Typical subjects taught on a Presentation Skills course

  • Accent Softening
  • Answering Questions
  • Body Language
  • Breathing Techniques
  • Build Rapport
  • Clarifying Objectives
  • Communication Skills
  • Dealing with nerves
  • Designing Slides
  • Eliminating Tension
  • Elocution
  • Eye Contact
  • Holding a conversation
  • Improving Relationships
  • Impromptu Speeches
  • Keynote Speeches
  • Leadership Skills
  • Media interview skills
  • Non verbal communication
  • Notes and Handouts
  • Oral Communication
  • Personal Gestures
  • Planning a presentation
  • Posture
  • Presentation Models and Tools
  • Presentation Practice
  • Public Speaking
  • Sales Pitches
  • Speech Making
  • Stage and lighting techniques
  • Storytelling
  • Structuring a presentation
  • Using PowerPoint
  • Visual Aids
  • Voice Projection
  • Working an audience

You will learn how to

  • Communicate effectively to large numbers of people at the same time.
  • Sounding confident and looking authoritative.
  • Ensure your key points and messages are put across.
  • Win over difficult people.
  • Analyse and research the demographics and make up of an anticipated audience, and then tailor your presentation accordingly.
  • Give engaging speeches.
  • Prepare your message.
  • Go into a presentation room before the event and practise any moves you may have to make.
  • Test stage or IT equipment before a presentation.
  • Become more expressive and dynamic.
  • Give presentation over the Internet through podcasts and webinars.
  • Create interest and excitement in the subject you are talking about.
  • Hold a conversation with an audience.
  • Research subjects so that your speech or presentation contain accurate and up-to- date information.
  • Respond to signals from an audience.
  • Tailor your presentation for your target audience.
  • Focus your thoughts and concentrate for long periods of time.
  • Look, sound and feel confident.
  • Create engaging, convincing, informative and persuasive speeches.

You will learn about

  • Developing a presentation style that you feel comfortable with.
  • The speed of your delivery.
  • Holding your audience’s attention for long periods of time.
  • Controlling your own  fear and anxiety.

Course delivery
You’ll learn and develop new skills in a safe and supportive environment. Teaching takes places through highly effective practical exercises where you will be taught new techniques until they become natural to you. It’s the sort of subject where you will receive constructive feedback from not only your tutors, but also fellow students. Classes will be delivered by expert trainers who in turn will be backed up by other support, administrative and career advice staff.

Students will practise what they have learnt through group and individual lectures, bespoke workshops and one to one coaching sessions.

Who is a Presentation Skills training course suitable for?
It’s suitable for anyone who wants to be able to stand up and speak confidently to an audience. This can include college leavers, people who want to change careers as well as senior managers and board level staff who want to start giving presentations.


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