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Powerful Presentations with Confidence

(Community Team)

Thursday, 2 March – Friday, 3 March 2017 (9:00am4:30pm)

Internal course , on-site

Internal course

Please click here if you'd like to find out about running this course in-house.


There are small amounts of preparatory work for days 1 and 2:

  • Day 1: a presentation scenario to a small informal group which is about getting agreement to a course of action
  • Day 2: two presentation scenarios to a large formal group which are about getting information across; one work related, the other not connected to your work

Note: you only need a scenario - you do not need to prepare a presentation.

Module details


This course can be held in-house or can be run, on demand, as a public course. Click on either of the above links for more details (or contact us by email or phone 07977 492926 / 01446 774864).

This highly participative training course is designed for professionals and managers who have to present their ideas, proposals and concepts to a wide variety of internal and external audiences: departmental, directorate, board, stakeholders, staff, professional bodies, conferences and workshops

Learning Objectives:

Delegates practice the skills required to make memorable and professional presentations in a confident and relaxed style. It includes:

  • getting key points effectively
  • understanding the needs of the audience
  • fine tuning the content and delivery to meet those needs
  • appropriate use of audio-visual aids
  • projecting authority, overcoming fear and responding to difficult and hostile questions

Course Content:

Day 1

The first day focuses on presentation skills in informal settings; for example, workshops and meetings. After covering the basic principles of building rapport with the audience, the course covers how to focus attention on key issues and how to develop audience participation.


  • Presenting as a two-way process
  • Principles of communication
  • Success factors
  • Overcoming common problems
  • Getting focussed
  • Aim statements and content
  • Types and audiences
  • Use of visual aids
  • Material and content
  • Structure: opening / body / closin

Day 2

The second day builds on the lessons learnt on the first day to develop and practice more formal presentations to large groups. It includes a structure that can help to engage all members of the audience. Reducing nerves and dealing with hostile questions are also addressed.


  • What’s different about large audiences: getting the fit
  • Being on message and projecting authority
  • Spiking and spicing
  • Analogies and story telling
  • Visioning
  • The road mapping
  • Overcoming fear and controlling nerves
  • Preparation and mind set
  • Dealing with questions


  •  What has amazed me is that I now believe in myself
  • I have had positive feedback and been asked to make further presentations. The course was fantastic!’
  • Excellent, learnt a lot - what a difference a day makes!
  • I liked the technique of focusing on the aim of presentation through images
  • Excellent course - just right mix of teaching and practice and appropriate feedback
  • I found the days challenging, interesting and stimulating - I don't feel anything needs improving
  • I would recommend this course to others - brilliant!
  • I now realise that tone of voice has more impact than visual aids
  • A brilliant two days, I feel ready to progress!
  • Excellent course, a lot packed into a short time, good constructive comments and a well balanced approach - friendly but not allowing too much comfort!

Click for more feedback:

  • I understand the importance of focusing on the audience's perspective - what's in it for them
  • The use of analogies and personal stories is a very good way of getting people to relate to what you are trying to get across
  • The use of spiking to gain attention
  • Facts, ideas, logic, emotions - factors to consider when developing a presentation
  • Journey mapping - what we are being told
  • Standing up gets message across better
  • The effect of standing up to present rather than sitting down
  • Relaxation techniques improved my presentation delivery
  • How to produce an effective structure for presentation
  • How to use analogies and graphs to emphasise things
  • The use of the Z factor to meet the audience's need
  • The day was well run and informative
  • Well structured and thought out
  • The constructive criticism gave me excellent feedback
  • I have gained confidence, self esteem, organisational skills
  • A practical course in which I honed skills and improved my presentations


Terry Dennis

NHS KSF Assessment

Core Dimensions



1 Communication


2 Personal and people development:


4 Service Improvement:


5 Quality:


6 Equality and diversity:


Specific Dimensions: Information and Knowledge



IK1 Information processing:


IK2 Information collection and analysis:


IK3 Knowledge and information resources:


Specific Dimensions: General



G1 Learning and develepment:


G5 Services and project management:


G8 Public relations and marketing:


Click here for details of how this course can be run as an in-house event.