Presentation Skills Basics


Many studies have found that public speaking is the number one fear amongst most people – outranking flying, snakes, insects and even death. Ironically, it is also one of the skills that can make or break a person’s career as mastery of public presentations and presenting can leave a powerful, compelling and lasting impression. Our course will give you a good foundational understanding of the toolkit of skills and resources you will need covering medium such as video, powerpoint and even flip charts. You’ll also learn verbal and non-verbal skills to communicate with power and ways of overcoming nervousness – something that everyone faces, even the most experience of presenter.

Study our course in the way you want. In small units or in one. Synchronise your learning between any device and remember and track your progress. Study and answer questions at your convenience and at the end of the course, if you answer more than 80% of the questions correctly, qualify for a certificate of achievement. You can even log your CPD hours.

In all our business courses, you get access to around six hours of e-learning that you can watch, listen and read. There are usually 100 questions and at the end of the course you will receive a certificate of completion that you can use against any personal or professional development requirements. As well as the course, you also receive a FREE e-book that you can read on your Kindle or other e-reader. You also get a FREE audiobook of the course so you can listen to the whole course uninterrupted on your device.



Module One: Introduction

  • Welcome
  • Course Objectives
  • How it works
Module Two: Creating the Program
  • Performing a needs nalysis
  • Writing the basic outline
  • Researching, writing, and editing

Module Three: Choosing Your Delivery Methods

  • Basic methods
  • Advanced methods
  • Basic criteria to consider

Module Four: Verbal Communication Skills

  • Listening and hearing: They aren’t the same thing
  • Asking questions
  • Communicating with power
Module Five: Non-Verbal Communication Skills
  • Body language
  • It’s not what you say. It’s how you say it

Module Six: Overcoming Nervousness

  • Preparing mentally
  • Physical relaxation techniques

Module Seven: Creating Fantastic Flip Charts

  • Required tools
  • The advantages of pre-writing
  • Using colors appropriately
  • Creating a plan B

Module Eight: Creating Compelling PowerPoint Presentations

  • Required tools
  • Tips and tricks
  • Creating a plan B

Module Nine: Wow them with the whiteboard

  • Traditional v electronic whiteboards
  • Required tools
  • Using colours appropriately
  • Creating a plan B

Module Ten: Vibrant Videos and Amazing Audio

  • Required tools
  • Tips and tricks
  • Creating a plan B

Module Eleven: Pumping it Up a Notch

  • Make them laugh a little
  • Encouraging discussion
  • Dealing with questions

Module Twelve: Closing Thoughts

  • Words from the wise
  • Lessons learned
  • Your scores
  • Evaluation form
  • Further reading
Topics Covered

Topics Covered

Throughout the course you will develop key skills as you cover the following topics

  • Presentation writing, designing and production
  • Mastering the presentations skills of power speaking
  • Understanding the different aspects of different media
  • Techniques to handle presenter nerves
What You'll Learn

What You'll Learn

By the end of this short business course on Presentation Skills Basics, you will:

  • Understand what is required to put together a compelling presentation
  • Know the key attributes of different presentation methods and media
  • Be able to deal with the nervousness of public speaking
  • Know what it takes to make a compelling presentaiton
Who is it for?

Who is it for?

This course is for anyone, no matter what their executive level, who will have to make a presentation to an audience – no matter how big or small.

Prior knowledge

You wont particularly need any prior knowledge but an understanding of powerpoint and other standard media and channels will be helpful.

As you develop your career, there will be a constant requirement to not only refresh and update existing technical learning but also to develop new skills and ways of thinking and behaving.

Technical Skills

Whether you’re in production, distribution, sales, finance, human resources or management your technical skills will always need to keep up with the latest developments in technology and change. The learning for this will generally come from your peers, industry trends and specialised training.

New skills

However, as you move up in seniority through an organisation or become and entrepreneur, you will be faced with learning a much wider array of skills. You will need to learn how to be a generalist but with the ability to look at the whole of a business and how it all interlocks.

People Skills

Most importantly, you will need to master your own behaviours and character and emotional intelligence in order to influence, inspire and bring people along with your vision.

Your career, personal and professional development should never stop, whether you are learning because of a company or professional body requirement or whether you are just wanting to grow.


We have many more coursesfor you, your business or organisation. Get in touch about how to get our courses available to your organisation or fellow learners at [email protected]

For Businesses

For Businesses

Are you looking for a comprehensive learning solution for you and your teams? We have a portfolio of over 150 business short courses that are available online and on-demand. These ready to go courses cover all key areas of a business from finance & operations, sales & marketing, human resources to administration and management. As well as hard skills that range from elementary to advanced, there is an array of people and soft skill development.

Our e-learning is comprehensive, up to date and produced by a high quality learning and editorial team. It combines the latest in business thinking with the latest in learning technology. Learning can be delivered wholly online through self-study, with virtual tutor support or in a group & classroom environment by our qualified trainers.

  • All online learning is tracked and courses can be used as part of a personal development plan for staff
  • Learners can study out of hours or in breaks with bite-size learning
  • Get back end management reports on learner progress
  • Cost efficiently solve any compliance, insurance, regulatory, union or staff association requirements
  • Save on staff training and CPD costs
  • Choose and pay for only the courses you need or look at our library models for even greater value
  • No lock-in contracts – pay monthly or get a handsome discount for annual and multi-year deals
  • No big installations necessary – a simple web browser is all you need to get started
  • New courses being added all the time

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