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(Professional) Presentation Skills

Audience: Anyone who is asked to make a presentation before an audience

Presentation skills training focuses on the two main elements of any presentation: content and delivery. Participants will learn how to plan for a presentation, elements that include: analyzing the purpose of their presentation, analyzing their intended audience, identifying the main points to be conveyed during the presentation, the use of visual aids, and the stages of preparation for a presentation. Participants also will learn ways to overcome nervousness when speaking to groups, the effect of gestures and body language on audiences, how to build rapport with an audience, and strategies for dealing with challenging participants. Throughout the one-day workshop, participants will be asked to make several presentations, culminating in a five-minute presentation at the end of the day. Participants are asked to bring to the workshop a work-related topic that will be the focus of their final presentation.