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Presentation Skills

2 day classroom
Basic / Intermediate
How You Will Benefit
  • You will learn how the subtle changes in your tone of voice and body language can dramatically change your message.

  • You will learn how to profile prospective audiences and give the best presentation you can.

  • You will be given several tips on overcoming nervousness associated with public speaking.

  • You will also learn how simple things can jazz up a presentation, how to distribute your presentation to others, and learn why PowerPoint should enhance your presentation, not become your presentation.

Course Overview

Do you know what most people fear more than being audited? Do you know what most people fear even more than their own death? The answer is speaking in front of other people! Even the most cool, collected, and technologically savvy person can become a complete wreck if they have to get up in front of other people. And that’s just in front of people they know!


Skilled presenters have two unique qualities: the appropriate skills and personal confidence. The skill, like most things in life, comes easier the more you practice. Once you know you have the skill, the confidence comes from knowing that you can convey your message while staying comfortable and in control. This course will teach you the essentials of being a great presenter and how you can apply those skills using the mainstay of the presentation world: Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2016 / 2019.

Course Topics

Module 1: Fundamentals of Public Speaking


  • Introduction and Overview

  • Advantages of an Oral Presentation

  • Speaking Characteristics

  • Parts of Your Message

  • Mastering Your Material

  • Profiling Your Audience

  • What is STARR?

Module 2: Planning Your Presentation



  • Start Writing!

  • Audience Evaluations

  • The Quick Access Toolbar

  • Becoming a Master by Using Masters

  • Creating and Using Slide, Notes, and Handout Masters

  • A Word on What NOT to Do

Module 3: Using PowerPoint to the Fullest


  • Working with SmartArt

  • Working with Multimedia Files

  • Using Animation

  • Proofing and Inspecting your Presentation

  • Saving Your Files

Module 4: Showtime!


  • Ways to Master a Meeting or Presentation

  • Learning Names

  • Body Language

  • Navigating the Slide Show

  • Using the Pointer Button

  • Overcoming Nervousness

  • Managing the Question and Answer Period

  • Add Punch to Your Presentation

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