Improving Presentation Effectiveness

Schulich Executive Learning Centre

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  • 3 days
  • in person

Schulich Executive Learning Centre


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Who should attend

Managers and executives

About the course

Business people often say the “presentation” of any report or concept is as important as the content, in some cases even more important.

This program will closely examine the “ingredients” of a successful presentation and offer practical insights on how to improve your personal skills. It is not theoretical – it is a hands-on learning experience. The program is designed to provide actual practice and rehearsal in using the new tools you will learn in group presentation situations. Participants will learn not only how to create presentations that get rave reviews, but also how to get their recommendations approved and vigorously supported.

Teaching Approaches

During this interactive workshop, each participant will prepare and deliver short, original presentations. Using a mix of mini-lectures, communications exercises, drills and practice, participants will learn:

  • Effective audience analysis and audience planning; setting presentation objectives and outcomes; adding personal value
  • Speaking persuasively about any topic; cutting preparation time in half; organizing a presentation that persuades
  • Comfort with voice, gestures and movement; reducing nervousness and jitters; presenting powerfully to senior and executive audiences; responding to challenges and questions

Top Takeaways

  • Reduce up-front preparation time for any report, meeting or briefing
  • Ensure greater approval and commitment to your ideas and recommendations
  • Be powerful, professional and authoritative, in spite of presentation jitters
  • Deal brilliantly with unexpected challenges and questions
  • Create compelling and dynamic dialogue with your audience
  • Guide your presentation to get a discussion started and keep it moving!
  • Present powerfully to any audience, including executives, clients, and senior decision-makers

A Complete Learning Approach

Enjoy Our Popular Group Case Experience:

  • Plan a presentation for verbal impact
  • Work with a partner and improve your learning
  • Try out new techniques in a challenging learning environment
  • Receive personal coaching from the instructor


Setting Audience Expectations

  • Why fear of presenting is not your biggest challenge!
  • How television and public school prevent you from succeeding
  • Identify your personal challenges for the course
  • Two keys to success presenters never think about

Achieving Your Desired Outcome

  • How your audience impacts presentation success
  • How to get the results you want from every presentation
  • Defining what you really want to happen
  • Why the outcome is the hardest thing to write – and why it is the most powerful
  • Why every presentation needs an offer
  • How to use the chunk outline
  • How to cut preparation time
  • Anyone can present without notes; how to do it right

Delivering Persuasive Presentations

  • Stay on track, in complete control, no matter what
  • Speak persuasively about anything
  • Voice and mood
  • Authority, “intention” and control
  • Riveting your audience’s attention
  • Directing the cycle of action
  • Speaking/moving with purpose, authority and confidence

Curiosity: The Secret Weapon of Persuasion

  • Leading your presentation with authority and control
  • How to overcome resistance
  • How to deal with challenging and difficult questions
  • Satisfy audience needs and get positive response

From Verbal Impact to Visual Impact

  • Tips and guidelines for on-screen effectiveness
  • Are you creating “death by PowerPoint”?
  • Success factors for PowerPoint
  • Storyboard: planning your visual delivery
  • Moving “beyond bullet points”
  • Powerful analysis tools that allow you to create powerful slides

Presenting to Senior Managers and Executives

  • Why traditional approaches don’t work
  • What senior audiences want
  • How executives judge effectiveness
  • Six heuristics of executive decision-making
  • What you must include to be successful

Putting your New Presentation Skills into Action

  • Managing presentation stress
  • Use Power Point to your advantage
  • Practice strategies for audience interaction
  • Learn the best techniques to think like your audience
  • How to use stories, humour, facts and examples for the highest impact

Added Bonus

Included with registration, participants will receive a copy of Soft Skills Volume 1, written by Diana Kawarsky.


Diana Kawarsky

Biography Diana Kawarsky specializes in business communications for Schulich’s Executive Education Centre, York University. In addition, she is a facilitator, adult educator, coach and management consultant with Fortune 500 companies throughout North America. Her experience spans nearly 20 years....

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