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Professional Presentation Skills

This course will give you the techniques and confidence to deliver excellent presentations. You'll learn how to deliver information while achieving maximum impact, including the best way to use software such as PowerPoint. Ideal for the inexperienced speaker or anyone wanting to improve their communication skills, the course provides highly practical advice, addressing the common problems people face when making a presentation. You'll enhance your communication skills in any business situation, from training internal staff to building a rapport with potential clients.

Course information

The one-day course covers key topics to help you reach your full potential:

  • Relevance of objectives, audience and contexts in relation to presentations
  • Options and constraints applicable to presentation, including time, duration, venue, equipment, language
  • Use of standard computer software, such as Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Non-IT visual aids for presentations such as overhead projectors, models, handouts and demonstrations
  • Techniques for effective and flexible delivery
  • Techniques for controlling and responding to questions
  • Evaluation techniques (self and others) and performance improvement.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the session, you'll be able to:

  • Identify the objectives of the presentation, the intended audience and any constraints such as timing or location
  • Plan presentations, including logistics, style, structure, content and media
  • Prepare presentations using standard software and non-IT methods
  • Prepare your location, equipment and materials
  • Deliver presentations effectively, adapting to circumstances as relevant
  • Respond appropriately to questions
  • Review your performance, and develop your presentation skills accordingly

Progression routes

This course is part of the CPD Management Series and other workshops include:

Completion of four of the workshops in this series and a Work-Based Learning Report leads to a Middlesex University Certificate in Personal and Professional Development NQF Level 4.

For further information, please email our Business Development team or call 020 8411 5050.

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