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Persuasive Presentations

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Persuasive Presentations, a two-day, instructor-led workshop, includes mini-lectures, discussions, case studies, and interactive exercises designed to improve the quality, delivery, and impact of participant’s briefings and presentations. Persuasive Presentations is a workshop designed for professionals whose speeches, presentations, briefings and informal talks are expected to be of excellent quality in terms of focus, organization, support, and delivery.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify areas of effectiveness
  • Target areas for growth and development in you oral communication skills
  • Increase listeners' perceptions of the presenter's credibility
  • Analyze audiences and prepare presentations with a focus on the concerns of each audience
  • Incorporate appropriate and powerful visual aids
  • Improve speaking confidence
  • Apply communication strategies
  • Assess the impact of one's communication style on other people

Topics & Content

  • Presentation planning
  • Presentation structure
  • Presentation delivery
  • Engage and connect with the audience in a variety of settings
  • Presentation preparation for impromptu and formal presentations
  • Creation of varying sizes of presentations
  • Delivering complex information
  • Creating engaging slides and visual aids
  • Responding to questions
  • Maintaining dignity, professionalism and control
  • Pivoting and bridging to responses to questions

Course Information

Course Code: PD201
Duration: 2 days
Targeted Audience: This course is ideal for all personnel in the private or public workforce at any level whose job requires presentation skills.

  • CBRN - 14 CEU(s)
  • OPM - 14 CLP(s)
  • PMI - 14 PDU(s)
  • SHRM - 14 PDC(s)

Course Feedback

What parts of the workshop were most valuable and/or beneficial to you?


All the tools and takeaways that I knew but didn't remember.

Tips on nervousness. Self-critique versus peer critiques.

(Begrudgingly.) Being forced to present was the most worthwhile, as well as getting written feedback from classmates.

Two whole days may not be necessary because so many of us are fresh from college and have had similar workshops.

Getting and giving feedback to other presenters. Going over ideas/techniques.

Doing the presentation in front of the class.

Preparing slides on any topic.

Getting in front of people and speaking.

Different styles of briefs and their use.

Engaging audience and getting over nervousness; in class presentation.

The importance of giving a presentation; how to feel comfortable.

Everything was valuable/beneficial, but especially giving a brief [presentation] and watching others' briefs - solidified all learned concepts.

The presentation, although somewhat painful, was certainly helpful and great practice.

It is always good to have practice public speaking.

Actually presenting and receiving feedback.

When I gave a presentation to the group. It helps to practice the process of giving a presentation to an audience that you don't know. It helps you to learn from your mistakes.

Marci gave a really good tool/structure for planning presentations.

When addressing specific number of bullets a presentation shall have, as well as other specific recommendations.

Tools for presenting, i.e., Graphics, less words, personal stories?

The actual presentation part.

The interactive group activities.

Value of visuals, "less is best", stories, prep techniques.

Forcing me to give a presentation and step outside of my comfort zone.

Going over how to reduce nervousness and how to cut down on prep time.

Methods of organizing a presentation.

Good public speaking practice.

Getting up to present my slides.

Tips for relaxing in front of the audience.

Having to do a presentation and practice.

Actually speaking.

Use of visual aids in presentations.

Presentation delivery techniques and tips. Visual aid information.

Going to examples and picking out what was wrong. Outlining a presentation and creating a presentation from the outline.

The worksheets and mock presentation were very helpful.

The mix of group activities provides confidence.

Practicing presenting and getting feeback was the most valuable.

All of the information.

Techniques on how to study your audience prior to creating a presentation.

The overall tips on giving a good presentation.

Get to learn different presentation techniques.

The presentations.

Description of slides structure.

Practice giving a presentation in a short amount of time.

The presentation aspect because it gave me an opportunity to practice my presentation skills and receive feedback on what I need to improve on.

What improvements should be made to the workshop?

Maybe cut down on time. Two days seemed lengthy. Two half days maybe.

I think it's fine as is.

Better exercises; more “correct the slides”/video presentations of good and bad for critics.

Giving a presentation doesn’t train us well for what is expected of us.

A given scenario along the lines of addressing a problem and providing “courses of action” is more applicable.

More breaks.

Talking about other types of breathing techniques other than PowerPoint.

Maybe have class say favorite parts of people’s speeches after all presentations are done.

Lecture side could move faster, but overall pacing was good.

Evaluation sheet we do for everyone to questions at bottom should be: “1) What is something presenter can work on? 2) What is something presenter did well?” Also be anonymous.

Less time, one day looks good.

Small time frame prior to presentations for practicing/reviewing.

None of the feedback I got was constructive because I think people were afraid of being honest or didn’t think to because were not directly asked.

Include more interactive activities during the first days to allow the class to get to know each other better.

Maybe more instances where the class practices public speaking more. Change the name of class to match offered class: “Effective Briefing Techniques”. Use of “executive” made me think we were going to focus on etiquette for presenting to ranking leaders, such as ranking military personnel.

Maybe talk about "delivering the presentation" a day before the presentation.

The length of the workshop can be a little shorter than actual.

Good, may be cut down to two half days instead of two full days.

The slides didn't always display the qualities that we were being taught that slides should have.

I don't know if it needed to be as long as it was but overall, it was a good experience.

Not sure, it was very well planned.

Add a few icebreakers so people interact better.

Ideally it would be nice to not put the presentation together outside of class because we have other work responsibilities.

Sum into one day

This type of workshop will be more beneficial if it were specifically technical based so that it would relate to our job.

It's hard to say everything was great.

I do not think the workshop really needs to extend to two days.

Make practice speeches shorter.

Try to condense to one day, or two half days.

Add some more small-group activities.

More days of shorter time period.

Breaking everything into three categories really slows down the feedback section.

The information could be more condensed. There could be combined feebacks at the end of presenters' presentation.

I would possibly shorten the individual presentations or make group presentations. Feeback from the class dropped off after 10 or so presentations.

Possibly give everyone different scenarios to present on.

Enjoyed the little tricks like holding your hands tight then letting go to get rid of nerves. Would like to see more tips like that.

Seems to be a stretch for two full days. Felt like it could have been trimmed and still been effective.

A little more warning that we have to brief: and a bit about introducing yourself to a group (most painful part of a lot of meetings).

Comments and suggestions for the facilitators

Be a little more critical with your presentation comments.

Great job jumping in last-minute. Thanks for the candy.

Helpful class to know which areas could use improvement in general opinion from multiple critiques.

Good class, good to practice public speaking.

Great course! Thanks!

Great presenter, enjoys teaching the class, gets everyone involved.

Great instructor.

Great class.

I like that you kept the class very engaging.

Video presentation clips of good and bad for learning purposes.

Thank you for teaching us effective briefing techniques.

Great job at keeping a nice flowing class.

It'd be nice if the instructor was informed about everyone's role in the command.

None, you are great!

Very enthusiastic and professional. Presents knowledge in the subject.

Great class. Very informative. Marci was awesome!

Maybe more on how to organize/participate in meetings?

I really like John as an instructor. You could tell he is very good at what he does and is very engaging.

The instructor was great. Engineers can be a tough group to get good participation from.

Seems to enjoy topic.

Instructor was a great embodiment of the things we were being taught a presenter should be.

Good presenter that cared.

Nice course!

The instructor was amazing! So kind, and clearly very knowledgeable of the subject matter. She created a comfortable environment, I learned a lot!

Loved Marci's enthusiam and how she engaged the group in participating.

Outstanding instructor, she was engaging the entire time and knows how to control the flow of the workshop.

Direct presentation and workshop.


Great job!

You are very knowledgeable and your genuine interest is contagious.

Very engaging with the class. Very enthusiastic and helpful on the subject.

Great class.

Getting real feedback on a presentation in a “safe” environment.

Excellent presentation. Clearly demonstrated experience in presentation performance.

Great instructor who was personable, knew her content well, had a respectable experience background, and gave good feedback to presenters.

Very good presenter. Could tell she loves what she does and is very informative.

Imagine that a coworker asks: what was the workshop like for you? How will you respond?

Informative and opportunistic for people looking to improve on public speaking.


Make the comment sheets anonymous – I feel like you will get more honest responses from your classmates.

It was worth my time (something I can’t always say about training classes).

It is always good to have practice public speaking.

Good review of public speaking classes.

You won’t want to give a presentation but it’ll be good to get in front of people, talk, and get feedback.

Workshop tailored to your own needs to help improve your public speaking skills.

Informative, nice being able to give a presentation without real consequence.

It was a nice class that gave useful tips for conquering public speaking.

Enjoyable experience.

The best class so far.

Good; of to get ready for presenting professionally.

A good class for people with little public speaking experience.

It was nice, helped with public speaking.

Very informative.

It was highly informational and I learned a lot.

Awesome! You should have been there! You missed out big time!

It was long, but beneficial.

It was good.

It was a good learning experience of how to provide others with information in the workplace.

Too long, should only be one day.

Not bad. Instructor was good and you'll have to present.

Informative, practical and a requirement to my employee.

Informative and helpful.

It was interesting. Learned some stuff I should take into account when presenting.

Awsome! Learned a lot and had fun!

It was engaging, but I'd still rather be working!

Long; but informative.

The benefit was low in comparison to how much time we spent, but I don't regret taking the class.

The workshop was great! Very informative and a great way to practice learned concepts. Excellent!

Best class to date - will absolutely improve new hires' presentation skills.

Yes it did!

I thought that the workshop was a positive experience.

It was a good experience overall.

Very informative, if a little long.

Informative and a great opportunity to practice my public speaking skills.

Positive experience.


Informative. Picked up a few skills I did not have previously.

Definitely more beneficial than I was expecting. Instructor created a good atmosphere and coworkers were engaged.

I'd say it was a little long but overall very helpful and worth the trip.

Presentation was daunting but overall a very worthwhile class.

It was good, very helpful and I now feel more prepared for my upcoming presentation.

It was a good exercise to improve your presentation skills.


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