Powerful presentation skills

A one-day workshop

This very practical workshop has a simple objective: to help you prepare, design and deliver memorable and high-quality presentations.

Learning objectives

This programme will help you:

  • Use a proven, structured tool-kit when designing and developing presentations
  • Benefit from short cuts and best practice when designing and using Powerpoint presentations
  • Select the right information, examples, exercises and activities – and use them well
  • Prepare and structure a presentation or session appropriate to the audience, and to best achieve your objectives
  • Maintain audience or group interest
  • Develop and practise presentation skills to improve your voice tone, speech power and body language
  • Use practical methods to control nerves and anxiety – develop higher levels of confidence and credibility
  • Command a room, hold attention and create a high impact

Who should attend?

Anyone who has to make presentations as part of their job role, whether internally to their team, colleagues or the board or whether externally, to clients, customers and others.


This is a highly interactive course, focusing very much on learning by doing. Depending on your specific requirements, and the level of expertise among the group, the programme can be run as a one- or a two-day event. It can also be built around your own materials (eg, using your own Powerpoint house style or based around a relatively standard company presentation as part of a sales pitch).

Each element of the course includes:

  • High-quality training presentation
  • Group exercises and team activities
  • High degree of participation and interaction

The course includes regular discussion, planning and other practical exercises to develop and practice the skills and methods presented. Presentation and exercises will be tailored to specific situations from participants’ work. The style is up-beat and motivational.

Expert trainer

Graham has been designing and delivering high-quality training programmes on management techniques, personal development, sales and customer service for many years. A top-performing sales professional, he was Managing Director of Sales Productivity and Development for Thomson Financial, helping develop a large European sales force, and now runs his own very successful training consultancy.

His work has taken him all over the world and involved him in working closely with hundreds of different organisations from all business sectors, his client list including such organisations as BT, Vodafone, AT&T, Orange, Pfizer, GSK, Boots, Unilever, American Express, Thomas Cook, Apple, Sony, Motorola, Cisco, MFI, Barclays Bank, LIFFE, Abbey National, Prison Service, Home Office, Law Society, BBC, Daimler-Chrysler, Citroen, Weetabix, Nikon, Shell and many, many others. In addition he has written over twenty books published in several different countries, including Companies don’t succeed – people do!, 90 Brain Teasers for Trainers, Customer Service Games for Training, Sales Training Games, Telephone Tactics and Working Smarter.
Known internationally as both a trainer and a popular motivational speaker, he believes that effective learning has to be interactive and challenging. All his learning events are built around practical exercises, role play and case studies. His training style focuses not on just explaining new ideas or developing new skills, but also on motivating people to use them and to develop themselves as individuals. This approach gets results, as the following comments from course participants show:

‘Brilliant course, really interesting and very focused to my job role and day to day work.’
‘Very confident in the subject, and amusing too. Made the course very interesting. A very clear sales model to use going forward.’
‘Full of useful hints and tips which I will apply to my job.’
‘Extremely well presented and structured’
‘A very intensive course and a lot of concrete tools provided.’
‘Useful data, tools and insights; engaging and interesting as always.’
‘Very good… contained everything we do on a regular basis and problems we have come across… the exercises made it very interesting too.’

1 Introduction

  • Personal objectives
  • Key messages and learning objectives of the workshop

2 Presentation skills

  • What does good look like?
  • Exercise: Characteristics of high/low impact presentations
  • Presenting yourself as a ‘winner’
  • The energy / attitude model
  • Exercise: Being a winner

3 Preparation skills – eight steps to preparing a great presentation, plus Powerpoint tips

•The magic circle
• How to ‘assume the role’ when presenting
• The eight steps
• Step 1 – develop your objectives
– The five questions that you must answer before preparing your presentation
– Defining your objectives and outcomes
– Creating a first draft
– Step 1 exercise
• Step 2 – analyse your audience
– Doing your homework: audience, event, venue
– Developing a pre-event check-list
– Methods and means for researching your audience
– Step 2 exercise
• Steps 3 and 4 – structure the main body of your presentation and state the main ideas
– Ways to structure your presentation for maximum impact
– Balancing and managing content and topics
– Organising your information: 6 options and methods
– Your ‘one main point’ and creating a 30-second summary
– Steps 3 and 4 exercises
• Step 5 – decide on supporting information, using the toolkit
– Making your case convincing: ways to support your claims
– Selecting and using relevant and interesting examples
– Quotes, case studies and printed material
– Presenting statistics, tables and graphs
– Ways of maintaining visual interest
– Transitions and links, creating a ‘golden thread’
– Step 5 exercise: Creating compelling stories and anecdotes
• Step 6 – create an effective ‘opening’
– Claiming the stage and creating a good first impression
– The three most powerful ways of opening a presentation
– The five elements of a strong opening
– Step 6 exercise: Participants work individually to prepare an opening, focusing on
personal introduction, and then deliver to the group, with structured feedback
• Step 7 – develop transitions
– Step 7 exercise / examples
• Step 8 – create an effective close
– Signalling and sign-posting; the importance of, and how to do it effectively
– Five ways to close a presentation successfully
– Step 8 exercise / examples
• Presentation design and Powerpoint
– An interactive review of participants’ own real-life past presentations and advanced tips
and techniques on using Powerpoint effectively

4 Facilitation skills

  • The three main types of group activity – triads, teams and main group
  • How to select the right activity, define the objectives, set it up and run the debrief
  • Using energisers – with examples
  • Exercise: Dealing with ‘difficult’ behaviours
  • Exercise: Working in triads, design and deliver

5 Tips and tricks: presentation and facilitation

  • 10 reasons why facilitation fails
  • Five golden rules for success
  • Defining the session goals and the facilitation plan
  • Open and closed questions – why and when to use
  • Using a ‘car park’ to manage unresolved issues
  • Using AV aids – tips and tricks
  • Exercises: Including participants working in pairs to prepare a short section form of one of their own presentations

6 Putting it all together

  • Summary of key learning points
  • Action plan

Any questions? Please just give us a call on 01582 463463 – we’re here to help!