Presenting Skills

AUDIENCE:  Organizations and individuals who want to develop as skillful presenters

Building on the work of Robert Garmston and other master presenters, this two-day seminar will focus on the skills, structures, and identity that support skilled presenting.  The purpose of the training is to develop the confidence and competence a presenter needs.  The presenter’s moves will also transfer to facilitations that the individual is asked to lead.  Using the metaphor container, the participants will use the Event Design Map to structure an upcoming presentation.  Outcomes for the three days are:


Social and emotional—empowerment and comfort with presenting

Declarative—knowledge and understanding of strategies that help participants construct meaning

Procedural—skills and processes in designing effective presentations


Day 1: Knowing Yourself and Your Audience, Designing and Delivering Your Presentation

  • Containers
  • Audience Types
  • Visuals – Dessert
  • Advertising Your Presentation
  • Content/Process
  • Design the Surround


Day 2:  Developing and Maintaining Resourcefulness as a Presenter

  • Dressing the Part
  • Audience Connect
  • Presenter Skills
  • Pausing
  • Paraphrasing
  • Posing questions
  • Overcoming Nervousness
  • Strategy Harvest
  • Presenter Challenges