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Presentation skills training courses and workshops, instructor-led programs . delivered onsite, presentation skills training.

Well-trained speakers know how to communicate with purpose, passion, and poise. These people appear confident and capable in almost any situation.

No matter how skilled, most people can benefit from  presentation skills training . Basic  public speaking courses  can help novice presenters feel more comfortable in front of others, and advanced workshops can give experienced speakers an extra edge.

Our Onsite Presentation Skills Courses

Our onsite presentation skills courses cover such topics as analyzing audiences, organizing information, using body language effectively, incorporating analogies or stories, and designing compelling slides and visual aids.

We work with:

  • executives  who want to strengthen their platform skills,
  • technical professionals  who present complex information to technical and non-technical audiences,
  • people who must present information virtually , and
  • other groups who need to  sell their ideas  or  report information  to an audience.

Other Training Formats

For people working remotely and others seeking instructor-led presentation skills training in a virtual format, take a look at our remote presentation skills training courses . For people seeking self-paced solutions, you can find those in our online presentation skills training directory .

Our Workshop Facilitators

Our  professional facilitators, speakers, and trainers  know how to create content and deliver it in an engaging way. Throughout their careers, they’ve discovered shortcuts, tips, and tricks to make the design and delivery process easier.

Our Interactive Approach to Training

Our workshops are just that, workshops. No matter which course you choose, you can expect a hands-on program where participants learn by doing throughout the session.

Course Overviews

To explore our existing course library, read the program descriptions shown on this page. For additional details about each class, click on the course links to see the full workshop overviews.

If you have a need that our existing material does not address, we would be happy to talk with you about program tailoring or customized content. Please  contact us  to discuss your situation. We are excited to learn more about your group and its goals and objectives. 

Note: Some programs list more than one available course length. Several factors will determine the best option for your team: the number of people in attendance, your specific goals and objectives, the amount of coaching time allotted to each participant, and your budget.

Presentation Skills Training

You Don’t Have to Imagine Them Naked: How to Create and Deliver High-Impact Presentations

Format: Full-Day Training Course , Multi-Day Training Course

Introductory Presentation Skills Training

Introductory Presentation Skills

The abcs of public speaking: presentation skills 101.

Format: Half-Day Training Course , Full-Day Training Course

Technical Presentation Skills Training

Technical Presentation Skills

From statistics to persuasion: how to prepare and deliver effective technical presentations.

Executive Presentation Skills Training

Executive Presentation Skills

Podium panache: advanced presentation skills for executives.

Format: Full-Day Training Course

Skills for Presenting to Executives Training

Presenting to Executives

To the point: skills for presenting to executives.

Public Speaking Skills Training

Public Speaking Skills

Swallowing butterflies and living to tell about it: techniques for better public speaking.

Credible Communication Training

Credible Communication

The authenticity advantage: communicating with credibility.

Sales Presentation Skills Training

Sales Presentation Skills

Perfect pitch: designing and delivering effective sales presentations.

Product Demonstration Skills Training

Effective Product Demonstrations

But wait, there's more: tips, tricks, and techniques for conducting engaging product demonstrations.

Presentation Skills Training for Virtual Presenters

Virtual Presentation Skills

Clicks and tricks: skills for virtual presenters.

Extemporaneous Speaking Skills Training

Extemporaneous Speaking Skills

Smiling while dancing on hot coals: how to speak with ease under pressure.

Stage Presence Training Lessons from Improv Comedy

Comfortable Speaking

Stage presents: using improvisational comedy to discover your speaking gifts.

Military Briefing Training

Military Briefing

Power points: military briefings made easier.

Data-Driven Storytelling Training

Data-Driven Storytelling

Narrative numbers: designing data-driven stories.

PowerPoint Design Training

PowerPoint Design

Screen gems: creating impactful slide presentations.

Media Relations Training

Media Relations

Meet the press: mastering media relations.

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“Greg Jones was a DYNAMITE presenter! He was fun, knowledgeable, and engaging and had our large group of 50+ people laughing and participating right up until the 5:00 PM end time. I am always impressed when a facilitator can keep a group engaged and involved WITHOUT using PPT and Greg did just that with his handouts, flip charting, storytelling and mixing up activities at table groups, teams, and with partners. We would love to have him back!”

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“WOW – where do I begin!? Working with you both has been an outstanding experience throughout the entire process. Your flexibility from first contact was very valuable – we appreciate your willingness to participate in multiple teleconferences to align with KMG.

Your ability to link KMG’s message and philosophies to the lessons is what set you apart from your competitors.

Kate’s energy and willingness to meet as many of the attendees as possible and her ability to quickly build a rapport with folks established credibility and a safe environment. Everyone valued the ‘informalness’ of the key note.

The Tuesday workshop was phenomenal! I saw people taking notes that I never would have imagined would be engaged.

Fantastic result overall – thank you so very much!”

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“The workshop was appreciated very much, and you (Stefanie) were indeed a big hit. Thank you for all your support and value you brought this team. I look forward to another opportunity to work with you, you were an absolute delight.”

“Stefanie was upbeat, engaging, and relatable. She even kept the momentum going through an unexpected room change towards the end of our session. My colleagues cannot stop commenting how amazing the training was, and we are energized to put our new skills to work. Rave reviews all around!”

“I just wanted to send out an email to express our appreciation for the service that Greg provided. He was a very motivated and inspirational speaker. We really, and I seriously mean this, enjoyed him. We are going to adapt some of our training procedures to fit his suggestions.”

“Business Training Works made this project extremely easy for me. Not only did they customize content for us, but they delivered it well and provided a great train-the-trainer session. It was truly an effortless experience for us!”

“Phillip was a great presenter. He kept the class moving forward and kept us all engaged and participating. We all got a lot out of the training and hope to have him back again for follow up.”

“Thomas Farley’s facilitation of the storytelling module was very engaging and effective. He started the session telling his own story. He asked participants to share their stories, and he respectfully critiqued them using this technique as a teaching tool.”

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When you team with us, you’ll get:

  • A partner who will ask questions about your goals and objectives.
  • An opportunity to have a tailoring call and to speak with the program facilitator prior to a workshop.
  • Interactive facilitation conducted by someone who has a deep understanding of adult learning and the topic at hand.
  • A post-training web-based skills check-in meeting if desired.
  • People behind the scenes who will work to make our relationship a success.

You won’t get:

  • A workshop leader who sells products during class time.
  • A talking head with a PowerPoint presentation and not much else.
  • Lecture-based training that’s too academic, not practical, and doesn’t connect to life in the workplace.
  • The sense that you are a number, a transaction, or a cog in a machine.

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Our instructor-led training courses are available to private groups.  These workshops are not offered in a public seminar format.  Please  contact us  to speak with a facilitator about your needs and bringing training to your organization.

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We also travel to Africa, Australia and New Zealand, Asia, Canada, Central America, Continental Europe, the Middle East, and the United Kingdom.

Please contact us about your location.

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Powerful and Effective Presentation Skills: More in Demand Now Than Ever

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When we talk with our L&D colleagues from around the globe, we often hear that presentation skills training is one of the top opportunities they’re looking to provide their learners. And this holds true whether their learners are individual contributors, people managers, or senior leaders. This is not surprising.

Effective communications skills are a powerful career activator, and most of us are called upon to communicate in some type of formal presentation mode at some point along the way.

For instance, you might be asked to brief management on market research results, walk your team through a new process, lay out the new budget, or explain a new product to a client or prospect. Or you may want to build support for a new idea, bring a new employee into the fold, or even just present your achievements to your manager during your performance review.

And now, with so many employees working from home or in hybrid mode, and business travel in decline, there’s a growing need to find new ways to make effective presentations when the audience may be fully virtual or a combination of in person and remote attendees.

Whether you’re making a standup presentation to a large live audience, or a sit-down one-on-one, whether you’re delivering your presentation face to face or virtually, solid presentation skills matter.

Even the most seasoned and accomplished presenters may need to fine-tune or update their skills. Expectations have changed over the last decade or so. Yesterday’s PowerPoint which primarily relied on bulleted points, broken up by the occasional clip-art image, won’t cut it with today’s audience.

The digital revolution has revolutionized the way people want to receive information. People expect presentations that are more visually interesting. They expect to see data, metrics that support assertions. And now, with so many previously in-person meetings occurring virtually, there’s an entirely new level of technical preparedness required.

The leadership development tools and the individual learning opportunities you’re providing should include presentation skills training that covers both the evergreen fundamentals and the up-to-date capabilities that can make or break a presentation.

So, just what should be included in solid presentation skills training? Here’s what I think.

The fundamentals will always apply When it comes to making a powerful and effective presentation, the fundamentals will always apply. You need to understand your objective. Is it strictly to convey information, so that your audience’s knowledge is increased? Is it to persuade your audience to take some action? Is it to convince people to support your idea? Once you understand what your objective is, you need to define your central message. There may be a lot of things you want to share with your audience during your presentation, but find – and stick with – the core, the most important point you want them to walk away with. And make sure that your message is clear and compelling.

You also need to tailor your presentation to your audience. Who are they and what might they be expecting? Say you’re giving a product pitch to a client. A technical team may be interested in a lot of nitty-gritty product detail. The business side will no doubt be more interested in what returns they can expect on their investment.

Another consideration is the setting: is this a formal presentation to a large audience with questions reserved for the end, or a presentation in a smaller setting where there’s the possibility for conversation throughout? Is your presentation virtual or in-person? To be delivered individually or as a group? What time of the day will you be speaking? Will there be others speaking before you and might that impact how your message will be received?

Once these fundamentals are established, you’re in building mode. What are the specific points you want to share that will help you best meet your objective and get across your core message? Now figure out how to convey those points in the clearest, most straightforward, and succinct way. This doesn’t mean that your presentation has to be a series of clipped bullet points. No one wants to sit through a presentation in which the presenter reads through what’s on the slide. You can get your points across using stories, fact, diagrams, videos, props, and other types of media.

Visual design matters While you don’t want to clutter up your presentation with too many visual elements that don’t serve your objective and can be distracting, using a variety of visual formats to convey your core message will make your presentation more memorable than slides filled with text. A couple of tips: avoid images that are cliched and overdone. Be careful not to mix up too many different types of images. If you’re using photos, stick with photos. If you’re using drawn images, keep the style consistent. When data are presented, stay consistent with colors and fonts from one type of chart to the next. Keep things clear and simple, using data to support key points without overwhelming your audience with too much information. And don’t assume that your audience is composed of statisticians (unless, of course, it is).

When presenting qualitative data, brief videos provide a way to engage your audience and create emotional connection and impact. Word clouds are another way to get qualitative data across.

Practice makes perfect You’ve pulled together a perfect presentation. But it likely won’t be perfect unless it’s well delivered. So don’t forget to practice your presentation ahead of time. Pro tip: record yourself as you practice out loud. This will force you to think through what you’re going to say for each element of your presentation. And watching your recording will help you identify your mistakes—such as fidgeting, using too many fillers (such as “umm,” or “like”), or speaking too fast.

A key element of your preparation should involve anticipating any technical difficulties. If you’ve embedded videos, make sure they work. If you’re presenting virtually, make sure that the lighting is good, and that your speaker and camera are working. Whether presenting in person or virtually, get there early enough to work out any technical glitches before your presentation is scheduled to begin. Few things are a bigger audience turn-off than sitting there watching the presenter struggle with the delivery mechanisms!

Finally, be kind to yourself. Despite thorough preparation and practice, sometimes, things go wrong, and you need to recover in the moment, adapt, and carry on. It’s unlikely that you’ll have caused any lasting damage and the important thing is to learn from your experience, so your next presentation is stronger.

How are you providing presentation skills training for your learners?

Manika Gandhi is Senior Learning Design Manager at Harvard Business Publishing Corporate Learning. Email her at [email protected] .

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Presentation Skills 101: A Guide to Presentation Success

Getting the perfect presentation design is just a step toward a successful presentation. For the experienced user, building presentation skills is the answer to elevating the power of your message and showing expertise on any subject. Still, one can ask: is it the same set of skills, or are they dependable on the type of presentation?

In this article, we will introduce the different types of presentations accompanied by the skillset required to master them. The purpose, as always, is to retain the audience’s interest for a long-lasting and convincing message.

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The Importance of Presentation Skills

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Effective communication is the answer to reaching business and academic goals. The scenarios in which we can be required to deliver a presentation are as diverse as one can imagine. Still, some core concepts apply to all presentations.

 We define presentation skills as a compendium of soft skills that directly affect your presentation performance and contribute to creating a great presentation. These are not qualities acquired by birth but skills you ought to train and master to delve into professional environments.

You may ask: is it really that evident when a presenter is not prepared? Here are some common signs people can experience during presentations:

  • Evasive body language: Not making eye contact with the audience, arms closed tightly to the body, hands in pockets all the time.
  • Lack of interest in the presenter’s voice: dull tone, not putting an effort to articulate the topics.
  • Doubting when asked to answer a question
  • Irksome mood

The list can go on about common presenter mistakes , and most certainly, it will affect the performance of any presented data if the lack of interest by the presenter is blatantly obvious.  Another element to consider is anxiety, and according to research by the National Institute of Mental Health, 73% of the population in the USA is affected by glossophobia , which is the fear of public speaking, judgment, or negative evaluation by other people.

Therefore, presentation skills training is essential for any business professional who wants to achieve effective communication . It will remove the anxiety from presentation performance and help users effectively deliver their message and connect with the audience.

Archetypes of presentations

Persuasive presentations aim to convince the audience – often in short periods – to acquire a product or service, adhere to a cause, or invest in a company. For business entrepreneurs or politicians, persuasive presentations are their tool for the trade.

Unless you aim to be perceived as an imposter, a proper persuasive presentation has the elements of facts, empathy, and logic, balanced under a well-crafted narrative. The central pillar of these presentations is to identify the single factor that gathered your audience: it could be a market need, a social cause, or a revolutionary concept for today’s society. It has to be something with enough power to gather critiques – both good and bad.

That single factor has to be backed up by facts. Research that builds your hypothesis on how to solve that problem. A deep understanding of the target audience’s needs , concerns, and social position regarding the solution your means can offer. When those elements are in place, building a pitch becomes an easy task. 

Graphics can help you introduce information in a compelling format, lowering the need for lengthy presentations. Good presentation skills for persuasive presentations go by the hand of filtering relevant data and creating the visual cues that resonate with what your audience demands.

One powerful example of a persuasive presentation is the technique known as the elevator pitch . You must introduce your idea or product convincingly to the audience in a timeframe between 30 seconds and less than 2 minutes. You have to expose:

  • What do you do 
  • What’s the problem to solve
  • Why is your solution different from others 
  • Why should the audience care about your expertise

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For that very purpose, using engaging graphics with contrasting colors elevates the potential power of your message. It speaks professionalism, care for details, and out-of-the-box thinking. Knowing how to end a presentation is also critical, as your CTAs should be placed with care.

Therefore, let’s resume the requirements of persuasive presentations in terms of good presentation skills:

  • Identifying problems and needs
  • Elaborating “the hook” (the element that grabs the audience’s attention)
  • Knowing how to “tie” your audience (introducing a piece of information related to the hook that causes an emotional impact)
  • Broad knowledge of body language and hand gestures to quickly convey your message
  • Being prepared to argue a defense of your point of view
  • Handling rejection
  • Having a proactive attitude to convert opportunities into new projects
  • Using humor, surprise, or personal anecdotes as elements to sympathize with the audience
  • Having confidence
  • Be able to summarize facts and information in visually appealing ways

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You can learn more about persuasive presentation techniques by clicking here .

In the case of instructional presentations, we ought to differentiate two distinctive types:

  • Lecture Presentations : Presentations being held at universities or any other educative institution. Those presentations cover, topic by topic, and the contents of a syllabus and are created by the team of teachers in charge of the course.
  • Training Presentations : These presentations take place during in-company training sessions and usually comprise a good amount of content that is resumed into easy-to-take solutions. They are aimed to coach employees over certain topics relevant to their work performance. The 70-20-10 Model is frequently used to address these training situations.

Lecture presentations appeal to the gradual introduction of complex concepts, following a structure set in the course’s syllabus. These presentations often have a similar aesthetic as a group of professors or researchers created to share their knowledge about a topic. Personal experience does tell that course presentations often rely on factual data, adequately documented, and on the theoretical side.

An example of a presentation that lies under this concept is a Syllabus Presentation, used by the teaching team to introduce the subject to new students, evaluation methods, concepts to be learned, and expectations to pass the course.

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On the other hand, training presentations are slide decks designed to meet an organization’s specific needs in the formal education of their personnel. Commonly known as “continuous education,” plenty of companies invest resources in coaching their employees to achieve higher performance results. These presentations have the trademark of being concise since their idea is to introduce the concepts that shall be applied in practice sessions. 

Ideally, the training presentations are introduced with little text and easy-to-recognize visual cues. Since the idea is to summarize as much as possible, these are visually appealing for the audience. They must be dynamic enough to allow the presenter to convey the message.

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Those key takeaways remind employees when they revisit their learning resources and allow them to ruminate on questions that fellow workers raise. 

To sum up this point, building presentation skills for instructional presentations requires:

  • Ability to put complex concepts into simpler words
  • Patience and a constant learning mindset
  • Voice training to deliver lengthy speeches without being too dense
  • Ability to summarize points and note the key takeaways
  • Empathizing with the audience to understand their challenges in the learning process

skill requirements for instructional presentations

The informative presentations take place in business situations, such as when to present project reports from different departments to the management. Another potential usage of these presentations is in SCRUM or other Agile methodologies, when a sprint is completed, to discuss the advance of the project with the Product Owner.

As they are presentations heavily dependent on data insights, it’s common to see the usage of infographics and charts to express usually dense data in simpler terms and easy to remember. 

a SCRUM process being shown in an informative slide

Informative presentations don’t just fall into the business category. Ph.D. Dissertation and Thesis presentations are topics that belong to the informative presentations category as they condense countless research hours into manageable reports for the academic jury. 

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Since these informational presentations can be perceived as lengthy and data-filled, it is important to learn the following professional presentation skills:

  • Attention to detail
  • Be able to explain complex information in simpler terms
  • Creative thinking
  • Powerful diction
  • Working on pauses and transitions
  • Pacing the presentation, so not too much information is divulged per slide

skill requirements for informational presentations

The leading inspirational platform, TEDx, comes to mind when talking about inspirational presentations. This presentation format has the peculiarity of maximizing the engagement with the audience to divulge a message, and due to that, it has specific requirements any presenter must meet.

This presentation format usually involves a speaker on a stage, either sitting or better standing, in which the presenter engages with the audience with a storytelling format about a life experience, a job done that provided a remarkable improvement for society, etc.

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Empathizing with the audience is the key ingredient for these inspirational presentations. Still, creativity is what shapes the outcome of your performance as people are constantly looking for different experiences – not the same recipe rephrased with personal touches. The human factor is what matters here, way above data and research. What has your experience to offer to others? How can it motivate another human being to pursue a similar path or discover their true calling?

To achieve success in terms of communication skills presentation, these inspirational presentations have the following requirements:

  • Focus on the audience (engage, consider their interests, and make them a part of your story)
  • Putting ego aside
  • Creative communication skills
  • Storytelling skills
  • Body language knowledge to apply the correct gestures to accompany your story
  • Voice training
  • Using powerful words

skills required for inspirational presentations

After discussing the different kinds of presentations we can come across at any stage of our lives, a group of presentation skills is standard in any type of presentation. See below what makes a good presentation and which skills you must count on to succeed as a presenter.

Punctuality

Punctuality is a crucial aspect of giving an effective presentation. Nothing says more about respect for your audience and the organization you represent than delivering the presentation on time . Arriving last minute puts pressure on the tech team behind audiovisuals, as they don’t have enough preparation to test microphones, stage lights, and projector settings, which can lead to a less powerful presentation Even when discussing presentations hosted in small rooms for a reduced audience, testing the equipment becomes essential for an effective presentation.

A solution for this is to arrive at least 30 minutes early. Ideally, one hour is a sweet spot since the AV crew has time to check the gear and requirements for your presentation. Another benefit of this, for example, in inspirational presentations, is measuring the previous presenter’s impact on the audience. This gives insights about how to resonate with the public, and their interest, and how to accommodate your presentation for maximum impact.

Body Language

Our bodies can make emotions transparent for others, even when we are unaware of such a fact. Proper training for body language skills reduces performance anxiety, giving the audience a sense of expertise about the presented topic. 

Give your presentation and the audience the respect they deserve by watching over these potential mistakes:

  • Turning your back to the audience for extended periods : It’s okay to do so when introducing an important piece of information or explaining a graph, but it is considered rude to give your back to the audience constantly.
  • Fidgeting : We are all nervous in the presence of strangers, even more, if we are the center of attention for that moment. Instead of playing with your hair or making weird hand gestures, take a deep breath to center yourself before the presentation and remember that everything you could do to prepare is already done. Trust your instincts and give your best.
  • Intense eye contact : Have you watched a video where the presenter stared at the camera the entire time? That’s the feeling you transmit to spectators through intense eye contact. It’s a practice often used by politicians to persuade.
  • Swearing : This is a no-brainer. Even when you see influencers swearing on camera or in podcasts or live presentations, it is considered an informal and lousy practice for business and academic situations. If you have a habit to break when it comes to this point, find the humor in these situations and replace your swear words with funny alternatives (if the presentation allows for it). 

Voice Tone plays a crucial role in delivering effective presentations and knowing how to give a good presentation. Your voice is a powerful tool for exposing your ideas and feelings . Your voice can articulate the message you are telling, briefing the audience if you feel excited about what you are sharing or, in contrast, if you feel the presentation is a burden you ought to complete.

Remember, passion is a primary ingredient in convincing people. Therefore, transmitting such passion with a vibrant voice may help gather potential business partners’ interest.  

But what if you feel sick prior to the presentation? If, by chance, your throat is sore minutes before setting foot on the stage, try this: when introducing yourself, mention that you are feeling a bit under the weather. This resonates with the audience to pay more attention to your efforts. In case you don’t feel comfortable about that, ask the organizers for a cup of tea, as it will settle your throat and relax your nerves.

Tech Skills

Believe it or not, people still feel challenged by technology these days. Maybe that’s the reason why presentation giants like Tony Robbins opt not to use PowerPoint presentations . The reality is that there are plenty of elements involved in a presentation that can go wrong from the tech side:

  • A PDF not opening
  • Saving your presentation in a too-recent PowerPoint version
  • A computer not booting up
  • Mac laptops and their never-ending compatibility nightmare
  • Not knowing how to change between slides
  • Not knowing how to use a laser pointer
  • Internet not working
  • Audio not working

We can come up with a pretty long list of potential tech pitfalls, and yet more than half of them fall in presenters not being knowledgeable about technology.

If computers aren’t your thing, let the organization know about this beforehand. There is always a crew member available to help presenters switch between slides or configure the presentation for streaming. This takes the pressure off your shoulders, allowing you to concentrate on the content to present. Remember, even Bill Gates can get a BSOD during a presentation .

Presentations, while valuable for conveying information and ideas, can be daunting for many individuals. Here are some common difficulties people encounter when giving presentations:

Public Speaking Anxiety

Glossophobia, the fear of public speaking, affects a significant portion of the population. This anxiety can lead to nervousness, trembling, and forgetfulness during a presentation.

Lack of Confidence

Many presenters struggle with self-doubt, fearing that they may not be knowledgeable or skilled enough to engage their audience effectively.

Content Organization

Organizing information in a coherent and engaging manner can be challenging. Presenters often grapple with how to structure their content to make it easily digestible for the audience.

Audience Engagement

Keeping the audience’s attention and interest throughout the presentation can be difficult. Distractions, disengaged attendees, or lack of interaction can pose challenges.

Technical Issues

Technology glitches, such as malfunctioning equipment, incompatible file formats, or poor internet connectivity, can disrupt presentations and increase stress.

Time Management

Striking the right balance between providing enough information and staying within time limits is a common challenge. Going over or under the allotted time can affect the effectiveness of the presentation.

Handling Questions and Challenges

Responding to unexpected questions, criticism, or challenges from the audience can be difficult, especially when presenters are unprepared or lack confidence in their subject matter.

Visual Aids and Technology

Creating and effectively using visual aids like slides or multimedia can be a struggle for some presenters. Technical competence is essential in this aspect.

Language and Articulation

Poor language skills or unclear articulation can hinder effective communication. Presenters may worry about stumbling over words or failing to convey their message clearly.

Maintaining appropriate and confident body language can be challenging. Avoiding nervous habits, maintaining eye contact, and using gestures effectively requires practice.

Overcoming Impersonal Delivery

In virtual presentations, maintaining a personal connection with the audience can be difficult. The absence of face-to-face interaction can make it challenging to engage and read the audience.

Cultural and Diversity Awareness

Presenting to diverse audiences requires sensitivity to cultural differences and varying levels of familiarity with the topic.

In this section, we gathered some tips on how to improve presentation skills that can certainly make an impact if applied to your presentation skills. We believe these skills can be cultivated to transform into habits for your work routine.

Tip #1: Build a narrative

One memorable way to guarantee presentation success is by writing a story of all the points you desire to cover. This statement is based on the logic behind storytelling and its power to connect with people .

Don’t waste time memorizing slides or reading your presentation to the audience. It feels unnatural, and any question that diverts from the topic in discussion certainly puts you in jeopardy or, worse, exposes you as a fraud in the eyes of the audience. And before you ask, it is really evident when a presenter has a memorized speech. 

Build and rehearse the presentation as if telling a story to a group of interested people. Lower the language barrier by avoiding complex terms that maybe even you aren’t fully aware of their meaning. Consider the ramifications of that story, what it could lead to, and which are the opportunities to explore. Then, visualize yourself giving the presentation in a natural way.

Applying this technique makes the presentation feel like second nature to you. It broadens the spectrum in which you can show expertise over a topic or even build the basis for new interesting points of view about the project.

Tip #2: Don’t talk for more than 3 minutes per slide

It is a common practice of presenters to bombard the audience with facts and information whilst retaining the same slide on the screen. Why can this happen? It could be because the presenter condensed the talk into very few slides and preferred to talk. The reality is that your spectators won’t retain the information you are giving unless you give visual cues to help that process. 

Opt to prepare more slides and pace your speech to match the topics shown on each slide. Don’t spend more than 3 minutes per slide unless you have to introduce a complex piece of data. Use visual cues to direct the spectators about what you talk about, and summarize the principal concepts discussed at the end of each section.

Tip #3: Practice meditation daily

Anxiety is the number one enemy of professional presenters. It slowly builds without you being aware of your doubts and can hinder your performance in multiple ways: making you feel paralyzed, fidgeting, making you forget language skills or concepts, affecting your health, etc.

Meditation is an ancient practice taken from Buddhist teachings that train your mind to be here in the present. We often see the concepts of meditation and mindfulness as synonyms, whereas you should be aware that meditation is a practice that sets the blocks to reach a state of mindfulness. For presenters, being in the here and now is essential to retain focus, but meditation techniques also teach us to control our breathing and be in touch with our body signals when stress builds up. 

The customary practice of meditation has an impact on imagination and creativity but also helps to build patience – a skill much needed for connecting with your audience in instructional presentations.

Having the proper set of presentation skills can be quite subjective. It goes beyond presentation tips and deepens into how flexible we can be in our ability to communicate ideas.

Different presentations and different audiences shape the outcome of our efforts. Therefore, having a basic understanding of how to connect, raise awareness, and empathize with people can be key ingredients for your career as a presenter. A word of advice: success doesn’t happen overnight. It takes dedication and patience to build communication skills . Don’t condition your work to believe you will be ready “someday”; it’s best to practice and experience failure as part of the learning process.

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How to Choose a Catchy Name for a Training Program

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You have put so much effort and passion into creating your online course , and now you are finally ready to start selling it or promoting it to your ideal learners. But have you also thought of the course title?

While you may be fretting about the content, it’s important to think of a title for your course that also reflects what you want learners will take away from each unit. It makes sense that you also want your course to speak to the heart of your potential customers. Regardless of whether it is a free or paid course, you still want it to be compelling for prospective learners to hit the “sign up” button, right?

But, what makes a great name for an online course? Is there a specific SEO strategy you can apply to decide on the best name? What elements should you be mindful of when assessing potential titles? Is there a way to ensure that your online course will appear on the search engine results when your audience searches for the online course topic? Are there keywords you should include that will increase the chances?

This article will be your go-to for everything you need to know about brainstorming great course titles. From what words are best, what makes a good name, and what makes the right name for a course – these tips can help come up with both creative names as well as unique names that are also memorable!

Table of contents

  • 1 The Importance of a Great Course Title
  • 2 10 Tips on How To Write Catchy Names and Titles for eCourses
  • 3 Formulas for Online Course Titles (+ Examples)
  • 4 Winning Title Templates That Work
  • – Bonus Section : The Importance of Corporate Training Names
  • – Get Inspired: Best-Sellers To Craft Awesome Course Titles

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The importance of a great course title.

An enticing and robust headline is perhaps the most essential element of any marketing copy. Writing a good eLearning title might sound easy, but can be quite challenging. The difference between a good and a great course title has a significant impact on your visitors and ultimately your sales.

As such, you will need to make sure that you create a descriptive and interesting title. Giving out enough information and engaging the readers through a short and catchy title is the secret to success.

For example, a catchy online course title can also be an integral part of your online training business giving tangibility to an intangible concept and differentiating your online training from the competition. A catchy training program name can make a difference.

Let’s take the online training business as an example and break down the advantages of a popular training course name:

  • Brand Recognition – A compelling title with your brand’s characteristics will go a long way while you are building your business’ brand.
  • Differentiation – A unique title can set your training apart from the competition. Instill your brand to differentiate your offerings.
  • Learning Objectives & Expectations – The title of a course can also set the expectations of the learner and summarize its objectives. Many people decide before they even get into the description of a course as long as they know what they need.

10 Tips on How To Write Catchy Names and Titles for Online Courses

1 use popular search queries.

Search engines know more than the rest of us know about our more intimate thoughts. One of them is how we name our thoughts. Start typing a few ideas in a search engine and wait for the autocomplete to suggest a few search phrases. Google also includes similar results below.

Course Titles related Google searches example

Going a bit deeper, after you collect a list of possible names, variations, and alternative keywords, try getting the search volume from Google Keyword Planner . Use phrases from your title names and see if any have a big enough volume of search or try discovering related keywords based on them.

Check out the following video on how to use the most popular tool for keyword discovery that will help you identify and write an SEO-optimized title for your online course.

Popular search queries such as “how-to” and “what” attract people’s attention. People want something useful, and usually, they search Google to find it!

2 Specify your audience

When you’re creating a course, it is important to consider who will buy this product. If your audience isn’t specifically defined in the text of your work then they might be left wondering what exactly am I buying?

Make sure that any language used doesn’t narrow down too much to one specific group; instead, try writing with most age groups in mind by using common sense when determining how to best convey messages while still staying true to tone and style preferences throughout all segments.

For example, if you are a small business in the fitness industry with an online course of a high-powered fitness training program that extends to 4 weeks, addressing people who want to workout to burn fat, then go ahead and spill it out, nice and clear: “The Ultimate 4-Week Bodyweight Workout to Get Fit, Strong and Lean.”

3 Focus on the key benefits

We all know that attention spans these days are short. You shouldn’t just state the facts, but weave them into an interesting narrative for your audience! When it comes to setting up the digital marketing strategy for your online course -part of which is the course’s title- don’t be afraid of telling people exactly what they will learn. Grab their attention first and then get them to read the rest of your marketing copy!

4 Keep it short and memorable

Make sure your title is easy to remember (so people can tell others or easily share on their social media). While there isn’t a particular size a title has to have, it’s a good idea to keep your most juicy part in the beginning. Keep in mind your students’ goals. They should be reflected in the title.

Also, have in mind that Google keeps about 50-60 characters to display in search results. If you aim for SEO, give your message in the first displayable characters. You can write a bigger more descriptive title or subtitles to carry over your message. Use “:” or “-” to break the main part and add a subtitle.

5 Make it accurate

You can get more people interested in your online course if you set the right expectations. Understand what your audience is looking for and use words like “teaching” or “lesson” instead of just saying “course.”

For example, if you run a business education business and your online course is about teaching business skills (e.g. marketing training or sales training) it is important not only to teach your audience how but also why certain things work, and what the learning outcome will be – this will make sure that your learners’ experience is rewarding.

There are some cases that you need to generalize, especially if you are teaching a very broad topic and target a broad demographic, in that case, you might also need to rethink breaking your course into smaller pieces and create a course bundle for the broader topic.

Remember to set clear and attainable expectations. Setting too high expectations you can’t fulfill might backfire.

6 Make it look as good as it would sound

Can you hear your thoughts? We translate written language into sound. Your title needs to be just as catchy in tone, with an engaging rhythm that is easy on the ears and gets people talking about what they read! Also, this is a very useful tactic to apply when brainstorming brand name ideas .

Say it out loud a few times so there are no mistakes when reading back later – this will save time down the line since someone else might have trouble understanding where certain words were used or why something sounded off.

7 Make your audience a promise

Your audience, like you and everyone else in this world, wants something that is valuable. Your title should embody not only what it takes to get ahead but also why they deserve their reward for investing time into learning how.

Mentioning “your promise” at the beginning of your title helps remind people why signing up for this online course could be worth someone’s while.

8 Always write with a context

Is your eLearning course intended for beginners in your field or an expert niche? If you are training juniors to become speakers you might need a title like “Juniors’ training to Public Speaking,” whereas if you are addressing experienced speakers you could create a title like “Expert Speaker Training: Learn to dazzle your audience.”

10 Course naming checklist

Before you finalize the course title, make sure it checks these boxes:

  • It is specific to the level of students, skill, and field
  • It explains the benefits or the learning objective
  • It is easy to read and remember
  • It is grammatically correct
  • It sets the right expectations
  • It is less than 60 characters

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The art of title writing is a little more challenging than you think. Fortunately, with these 10 tips under your belt, it will become second nature!

💡 For further reading, HubSpot offers some additional advice on this article .

Formulas for Online Course Titles (+ Examples)

Content Sparks provides some great formulas and examples of writing a great course title.

Three work like a charm

Since people are easily drawn to things that come in 3’s, you can make your title be in 3 key points as well as easy to remember. Simply choose 3 key elements of your course and see how you can combine them.

A, B, and C

  • Smarter, Faster, Better
  • Eat, Pray, Love
  • The Good, the Bad & the Ugly

Two can do the trick

If it makes sense for your online course, having two strongly connected or seemingly contradicting arguments can make the trick.

  • Pride and Prejudice
  • The birds and the bees
  • Less work, more productivity

The gist of something

This one is greatly used and it is a good opportunity to get some interesting adjectives there. You simply have to extract the essence of your course and include it in your title.

  • The Pursuit of Happiness
  • The Psychology of Success
  • The Secrets of a Great Podcast

Do This to Get That

You can break down your content into one main thing you can give to your learners along with the great benefit that comes with it.

[Do something] and [Benefit]

  • Think and Get Rich
  • Work and You’ll Reach The Top
  • Laugh and Be Happy

Complete Guides

If your course’s route of action is a how-to guide then this one is for you.

The/Your [Adjective] Guide to [Doing Something or Getting a Result]

  • The Dummies Guide to [Just about everything]
  • The Expert’s Guide to Unique Business Name Ideas
  • The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Start-up Funding

From here to there

While this looks like the “Do This to Get That”, you can also use it to underline the transformation learners will go through or the journey they will go on if they enroll in your course.

[Starting point] to [Benefit]

  • From Here to Eternity
  • From Broke to Financially Confident
  • From Failure to Success

Easy-peasy, lemon squeezy!

Well, anything made easy and simple is an attraction all on its own.

  • [Your Topic] Made easy
  • [Result/Goal] in [amount of time/steps]
  • [Your Topic] 101
  • Setting up your domain name made easy
  • Play the piano in 6 months
  • Workplace hygiene 101

Reveal everything

People love words like ‘secret’, ‘revealed’, ‘exposed’, ‘truth’, ‘myths’, etc. Make sure you do not over-hype the title with tricks and hacks since it may lead to misleading promises. Avoid promises about sharing something no one’s ever heard before if you cannot fully address those promises. Instead, stick to things that a large portion of your own target audience is unlikely to know about.

  • The Secrets of [Your Topic]
  • Top Myths about [Your Topic] exposed
  • [Your Topic] revealed
  • The Secrets of Successful Marketers
  • Top 5 Myths about Buying a New Car Exposed
  • Easy Productivity Accelerators Revealed

Winning Title Templates that Work

If you are looking for attention-grabbing course title templates to help you write your own, here is a list of some winning templates to get you started:

  • How To ____ in
  • How To Rock ____
  • How To Make A Strong ____
  • How To Completely Change ____
  • How To Create ____ That Gets ____
  • How To Get More ____
  • How To Generate More ____
  • How To Use ____ To Stand Out
  • How ____ Boost Your ____
  • How ____ Can Inspire Your ____
  • What To Do With ____
  • Where To Find ____
  • A Complete Guide To ____
  • Ultimate Guide: ____
  • Advanced Guide: ____
  • Beginners Guide: ____
  • Practical Guide: ____
  • Full Guide: ____
  • How To Unlock ____
  • Tips For _____
  • Smart Strategies To ____
  • Most Effective Tactics To ____
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Bonus Section: The Importance of Corporate Training Names

Naming new corporate training programs is a bit different than a course. A training program might be in the same format as a course but targets a different audience.

Pitching to a Human Resource or Acquisitions Department for an employee training software or offering professional and career education to individuals is different from offering online courses to everyone. Your training program name should reflect that.

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The name should inspire confidence, quality, and prestige. Use verbs and nouns that inspire action or purpose and you are already on the right track.

Here is a list of words to use to super-charge your naming efforts:

  • Lead or Leadership
  • Develop or Development

Training names can also be long or have difficult jargon words. Consider using acronyms to shorten them and make them catchy. See the following examples ( as published in the daily newspaper “Business Standard” ):

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  • GROW – Get Ready for Opportunities at Work
  • CEO – Complete Employee Ownership
  • LEAD – Leadership Excellence Accreditation and Development
  • STAR – Set To Augment Result

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Many training programs focus on software training or branded training from other bigger companies. Using the names of companies like Microsoft, Adobe or Amazon allows you to borrow some of their recognition.

Adobe allows certified instructors to train companies and individuals on their products’ usage, same as Amazon Web Services and Microsoft. If you are an authorized trainer/instructor to one of them, you should be using their brand name in your training title (if you are licensed to, of course)

Get Inspired: Best-Sellers To Craft Awesome Course Titles

Do you have a great idea for the perfect title? Think beyond what is on your mind and explore all new possibilities. Think outside the box, and you may be able to come up with something witty enough for today’s online standards. Books have a lot in common with online courses. Some people might not realize this, but book titles can be used as keywords and will show up when someone searches for that term or topic on Google Search.

Great titles make best-sellers. Take a look at best-sellers and find a few book titles flaring up your curiosity. Get inspired by them and write your best-selling course 😉

💡 Best Sellers often hold part of their success to their title. Here are some Course title examples based on Amazon’s list of bestsellers :

  • Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones
  • Why a Daughter Needs a Dad: Celebrate Your Father-Daughter Bond
  • The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma
  • The 48 Laws of Power
  • The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom
  • The Power of One More: The Ultimate Guide to Happiness and Success
  • How to Meet Your Self: The Workbook for Self-Discovery
  • Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!
  • Atlas of the Heart: Mapping Meaningful Connection and the Language of Human Experience

Visit major bookstores online or best-selling book lists like the New York Times Best Sellers to find more recent catchy titles.

Naming your tile is a challenging process, but also very important. You probably clicked on this article because of its title, without even reading the description, and yet, you are here reading the whole article!

A good title can make a difference while selling a course, but a great one will carry you much further. You can establish a name for your brand, work or training, and who knows, maybe even enable you to become a best-selling trainer.

Further reading you might find interesting:

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Never underestimate the power of great communication. It can help you land the job of your dreams, attract investors to back your idea, or elevate your stature within your organization. But while there are plenty of good speakers in the world, you can set yourself apart out by being the person who can deliver something great over and over. Here are a few tips for business professionals who want to move from being good speakers to great ones: be concise (the fewer words, the better); never use bullet points (photos and images paired together are more memorable); don’t underestimate the power of your voice (raise and lower it for emphasis); give your audience something extra (unexpected moments will grab their attention); rehearse (the best speakers are the best because they practice — a lot).

I was sitting across the table from a Silicon Valley CEO who had pioneered a technology that touches many of our lives — the flash memory that stores data on smartphones, digital cameras, and computers. He was a frequent guest on CNBC and had been delivering business presentations for at least 20 years before we met. And yet, the CEO wanted to sharpen his public speaking skills.

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How do you feel when you have to make a presentation? Are you well prepared and relaxed, confident that your performance will have the desired impact on your audience? new score

Or is the thought of standing on a podium, holding a microphone, enough to give you stage fright?

Enjoy it or not, presenting – in some form – is usually a part of business. Whether you get up in front of formal audiences on a regular basis, or you simply have to make your voice heard in a meeting, you're using presentation skills.

Many believe that good presenters are born, not made. This is simply not true . Sure, some people are more relaxed and comfortable speaking in front of others – but everyone can learn the skills and techniques they need to increase their level of confidence and performance when presenting.

From sales pitches to training lectures, good presentation and public speaking skills are key to many influential roles in today's business world. The good news about presenting is that you can improve with practice.

So do you have the skills you need to do a good job? And how effective are you when you have to "perform?" Take this short quiz to help you assess your skills.

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For each statement, click the button in the column that best describes you. Please answer questions as you actually are (rather than how you think you should be), and don't worry if some questions seem to score in the "wrong direction." When you are finished, please click the "Calculate My Total" button at the bottom of the test.

Becoming a Better Presenter

Effective presentations are a mixture of a variety of elements. You have to know what your audience wants. You need to prepare good, interesting, engaging content. You must be confident in presenting the material, you have to know how to manage your environment successfully, and you need to make sure that your message has maximum impact.

Balancing all four elements is no easy task. And, when combined with the natural anxiety often felt before giving presentations, it's no wonder that many people struggle with this skill. In fact, fear of public speaking is extremely common.

However, you don't have to remain fearful and stressed by the thought of giving a presentation. With the right tools and material, along with planning and preparation, you can present with energy and confidence.

Let's now look in detail at those four key elements of effective presentations:

  • Understanding your audience.
  • Preparing your content.
  • Delivering confidently.
  • Controlling the environment.

Understanding Your Audience

(Questions 2, 5, 9)

The success of most presentations is generally judged on how the audience responds. You may think you did a great job, but unless your audience agrees with you, that may not be the case. Before you even begin putting your PowerPoint slides together, the first thing you need to do is understand what your audience wants. Try following these three steps:

Determine who the members of the audience are.

Find out what they want and expect from your presentation. What do they need to learn? Do they have entrenched attitudes or interests that you need to respect? And what do they already know that you don't have to repeat?

Create an outline for your presentation, and ask for advance feedback on your proposed content.

When what you say is what your audience wants or needs to hear, then you'll probably receive positive reinforcement throughout your presentation. If you see nods and smiles, or hear murmurs of agreement, for example, then this will motivate you to keep going and do a great job.

When your audience is satisfied, it doesn't matter if your delivery wasn't absolutely perfect. The primary goal of the people listening to your presentation is to get the information they need. When that happens, you've done a good job. Of course, you want to do a great job, not just a good job – and that's where the rest of the tips can help.

Preparing Your Content

(Questions 6, 11, 13, 14)

The only way to satisfy your audience's needs and expectations is to deliver the content they want. That means understanding what to present, and how to present it. Bear in mind that if you give the right information in the wrong sequence, this may leave the audience confused, frustrated, or bored.

If you provide the information in a well-structured format, and you include various techniques to keep the audience engaged and interested, then they'll probably remember what you said – and they'll remember you.

There are a variety of ways to structure your content, depending on the type of presentation you'll give. Here are some principles that you can apply:

Identify a few key points -  To help the audience retain the messages you're giving them, use the chunking principle to organize your information into five to seven key points.

Don't include every detail -  Good presentations inspire the audience to learn more, and ask further statements to maximize their understanding of the issue.

Use an outline -  At the beginning, tell your audience what you intend to cover, and let them know what to expect. This helps build anticipation and interest from the start.

Start and end strongly -  Capture people's interest as soon as you begin, and leave them with a message they won't forget. It's tempting to put all of your effort into the main body of the presentation. However, if you don't get people's attention at the start, they'll probably lose interest, and not really hear the rest anyway.

Use examples -  Where possible, use lots of examples to support your points. A lecture is often the least interesting and engaging form of presentation. Look for ways to liven things up by telling stories, talking about real-life examples, and using metaphors to engage your audience fully.

A special type of presentation is one that seeks to persuade. Monroe's Motivated Sequence , consisting of five steps, gives you a framework for developing content for this kind of presentation:

1. Get the attention of your audience - Use an interesting 'hook' or opening point, like a shocking statistic. Be provocative and stimulating, not boring or calm.

2. Create a need - Convince the audience there's a problem, explain how it affects them – and persuade them that things need to change.

3. Define your solution - Explain what you think needs to be done.

4. Describe a detailed picture of success (or failure) - Give the audience a vision; something they can see, hear, taste, and touch.

5. Ask the audience to do something right away - Get the audience involved right from the start. Then it's usually much easier to keep them engaged and active in your cause.

To brush up on your skills of persuasion, look at The Rhetorical Triangle . This tool asks you to consider your communication from three perspectives: those of the writer, the audience, and the context. It's a method that builds credibility and ensures that your arguments are logical.

Delivering Confidently

(Questions 1, 4, 7, 10)

Even the best content can be ineffective if your presentation style contradicts or detracts from your message. Many people are nervous when they present, so this will probably affect their delivery. But it's the major distractions that you want to avoid. As you build confidence, you can gradually eliminate the small and unconstructive habits you may have. These tips may help you:

Practice to build confidence – Some people think that if you practice too much, your speech will sound rehearsed and less genuine. Don't necessarily memorize your presentation, but be so familiar with the content that you're able to speak fluently and comfortably, and adjust as necessary.

Be flexible – This is easier to do if you're comfortable with the material. Don't attempt to present something you just learned the previous night. You want to know your material well enough to answer statements. And, if you don't know something, just admit it, and commit to finding the answer.

Welcome statements from the audience – This is a sign that a presenter knows what he or she is talking about. It builds audience confidence, and people are much more likely to trust what you say, and respect your message.

Use slides and other visual aids – These can help you deliver a confident presentation. The key point here is to learn how much visual information to give the audience, and yet not distract them from what you're saying.

Keep your visuals simple and brief – Don't use too many pictures, charts, or graphs. Your slides should summarize or draw attention to one or two items each. And don't try to fit your whole presentation onto your slides. If the slides cover every single detail, then you've probably put too much information on them. Slides should give the overall message, and then the audience should know where to look for supporting evidence. Manage your stress – Confidence has a lot to do with managing your stress levels. If you feel particularly nervous and anxious, then those emotions will probably show. They're such strong feelings that you can easily become overwhelmed, which can affect your ability to perform effectively. A little nervousness is useful because it can build energy. But that energy may quickly turn negative if nerves build to the point where you can't control them.

If you have anxiety before a presentation, try some of these stress management tools:

Use physical relaxation techniques , like deep breathing and visualization, to calm your body and ease your tension.

Use imagery to help keep calm, and visualize yourself delivering a successful presentation.

Learn strategies to build your self-confidence in general. The more assured you are about yourself and your abilities, the better you'll feel when you get up in front of people, and say what you want to say.

When you present with confidence and authority, your audience will likely pay attention and react to you as someone who's worth listening to. So "pretend" if you need to, by turning your nervousness into creative and enthusiastic energy.

For other tips on delivering confidently, see Delivering Great Presentations , Speaking to an Audience , Managing Presentation Nerves , and our Skillbook Even Better Presentations .

Controlling the Environment

(Questions 3, 4, 8, 12)

While much of the outside environment is beyond your control, there are still some things you can do to reduce potential risks to your presentation.

Practice in the presentation room – This forces you to become familiar with the room and the equipment. It will not only build your confidence, but also help you identify sources of risk. Do you have trouble accessing your PowerPoint file? Does the microphone reach the places you want to walk? Can you move the podium? Are there stairs that might cause you to trip? These are the sorts of issues you may discover and resolve by doing one or two practice presentations.

Do your own setup – Don't leave this to other people. Even though you probably want to focus on numerous other details, it's a good idea not to delegate too much of the preparation to others. You need the hands-on experience to make sure nothing disastrous happens at the real event. Test your timing – When you practice, you also improve your chances of keeping to time. You get a good idea how long each part of the presentation will actually take, and this helps you plan how much time you'll have for statements and other audience interactions.

Members of the audience want you to respect their time. If you end your presentation on time or early, this can make a huge, positive impression on them. When speakers go over their allowed time, they may disrupt the whole schedule of the event and/or cause the audience unnecessary inconvenience. Be considerate, and stick to your agenda as closely as possible.

Presenting doesn't have to be scary, or something you seek to avoid. Find opportunities to practice the tips and techniques discussed above, and become more confident in your ability to present your ideas to an audience. We all have something important to say, and sometimes it takes more than a memo or report to communicate it. You owe it to yourself, and your organization, to develop the skills you need to present your ideas clearly, purposefully, engagingly, and confidently.

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Welcome The Sealy Center on Aging at UTMB: Leading Aging Research Since 1995

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  • Texas Resource Center on Minority Aging Research (RCMAR)
  • Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center (OAIC)
  • World Health Organization / Pan Merican Health Organization (WHO/PAHO)
  • Center for Comparative Effectiveness Research on Cancer in Texas (CERCIT)
  • Health of Older Minorities Training (T32)
  • Medical Student Aging Research Training (MSTAR)

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The Sealy Center on Aging focuses on improving the health and well-being of older adults through interdisciplinary research, education, and community service by integrating the resources and activities relevant to aging at UTMB. The Center also implements our research findings in hospitals and clinics, bringing excellence and visibility to our health care system, and improving the health of older adults.

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University of Texas Medical Branch Sealy Center on Aging (SCoA) 301 University Blvd. Galveston, TX 77555-0177 Directions and Maps Phone: (409) 747-0008 Email: [email protected]

Texas RCMAR Scholar Presentation Feb 27

Join us for the next Texas RCMAR Scholar presentation on February 27, 2024. "Capturing Lived Experience: Interview Techniques, Skills, and Other Considerations," is presented by Kelly Grace, PhD at 3PM in a hybrid format, in person in Rebecca Sealy, 6.100 and via zoom.

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Research Programs Supported in part by the Sealy Center on Aging

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The Texas Resource Center on Minority Aging Research

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Rebeca Wong, PhD

Sheridan Lorenz Distinguished Professor in Aging and Health, Professor, Department of Population Health and Health Disparities, School of Public and Population Health; Director, WHO/ PAHO Collaborating Center on Aging and Health; Co-Director, Claude Pepper Older American Independence Center; Director ad interim, Sealy Center on Aging

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George and Cynthia Mitchell Distinguished Chair of Geriatric Medicine; Co-director, Claude D Pepper Older Americans Independence Center; Senior Associate Director, Sealy Center on Aging

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