Presentation Skills

by Anna Faherty
access120 days access
cpd hours4 CPD hours

This course will enable you to:

  • Deliver effective presentations to share information, win support for new ideas and enhance your reputation
  • Plan and structure successful presentations
  • Capture your audience's attention using the right design and structure in PowerPoint
  • Tell stories to connect with your audience
  • Prepare effectively for presentations
  • Build rapport with your audience using a variety of verbal and non-verbal communication skills

Whatever your role, or the organisation you work in, effective presentation skills are an important part of your professional portfolio, and presentations will be vital for sharing business information. Being able to project an air of confidence and hold the room are, of course, key skills for presenters, but there's something equally important that needs to take place behind the scenes.

In this course, explore how to deliver effective presentations to share information, win support for new ideas and enhance your reputation. Learn about the importance of planning, design and structure, and how to employ story-telling to engage your audience.

Presentations and why they matter

  • The ultimate communication challenge
  • Why presentations still matter in the workplace
  • What's special about presenting?
  • Key skills for effective presenting
  • Common presentation challenges
  • Your natural presentation style

Planning and structuring a presentation

  • Applying the GAMMOC model of communication
  • Thinking about goals and outcomes
  • Thinking about audience and context
  • Structuring information

Designing and using slides

  • Designing great slides
  • The role of PowerPoint
  • Principles of good design
  • Designing slides with data
  • Thinking about images

Persuasion and storytelling

  • Persuasive strategies
  • Why stories are so powerful

Final preparations

  • Drafting and using notes
  • Preparing yourself
  • Managing nerves

Delivering an impactful presentation

  • Building rapport
  • Using your voice
  • Encouraging participation
  • Delivering a remote presentation
  • Handling questions

Anna Faherty is a writer, editor, researcher and educator who works across the publishing, museum and science communication sectors.

She collaborates with a diverse range of organisations to help them develop profitable products and effective, audience-focused communications. Her clients include the British Museum, Oxford University Press, Pearson and the V&A.

A scientist by training, Anna built up almost two decades of commercial product development and management experience, gained in higher education and professional publishing, before setting up her own consultancy business. She has also served as the Trustee of a small local museum and is sensitive to the needs of international audiences, having studied and worked in the UK, Australia, South Africa and the Seychelles.

Anna has delivered workshops and webinars for ACCA and the AIA and has lectured at City University, Kingston University, Oxford Brookes University and University College London. She is the author of two books (both published by Wellcome Collection) and her research paper on novel business models was recognised by an international award for excellence.

You can find out more about Anna's professional experience at:, or follow her on Twitter at @mafunyane.

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