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Persuasive Presentations

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Persuasive Presentations is a two-day, instructor-led workshop that 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?

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

Actually presenting and receiving feedback.

Actually speaking.

All of the information.

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

Description of slides structure.

Different styles of briefs and their use.

Doing the presentation in front of the class.

Engaging audience and getting over nervousness; in class presentation.

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

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

Get to learn different presentation techniques.

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

Getting in front of people and speaking.

Getting up to present my slides.

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

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

Good public speaking practice.

Having to do a presentation and practice.

It is always good to have practice public speaking.

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

Methods of organizing a presentation.

Practice giving a presentation in a short amount of time.

Practicing presenting and getting feeback was the most valuable.

Preparing slides on any topic.

Presentation delivery techniques and tips. Visual aid information.


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

The actual presentation part.

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

The interactive group activities.

The mix of group activities provides confidence.

The overall tips on giving a good presentation.

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

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

The presentations.

The worksheets and mock presentation were very helpful.

Tips for relaxing in front of the audience.

Tips on nervousness. Self-critique versus peer critiques.

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

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

Use of visual aids in presentations.

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

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.

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

What improvements should be made to the workshop?

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

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).

Add a few icebreakers so people interact better.

Add some more small-group activities.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

I think it's fine as is.

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

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

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

It's hard to say everything was great.

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

Less time, one day looks good.

Make practice speeches shorter.

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

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

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.

More breaks.

More days of shorter time period.

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.

Not sure, it was very well planned.

Possibly give everyone different scenarios to present on.

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

Small time frame prior to presentations for practicing/reviewing.

Sum into one day

Talking about other types of breathing techniques other than PowerPoint.

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

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

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

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

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

Comments and suggestions for the facilitators


Be a little more critical with your presentation comments.

Direct presentation and workshop.

Excellent presentation. Clearly demonstrated experience in presentation performance.

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

Good class, good to practice public speaking.

Good presenter that cared.

Great class.

Great class.

Great class. Very informative. Marci was awesome!

Great course! Thanks!

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

Great instructor.

Great job at keeping a nice flowing class.

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

Great job!

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

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

I like that you kept the class very engaging.

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

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

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

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

Maybe more on how to organize/participate in meetings?

Nice course!

None, you are great!

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

Seems to enjoy topic.

Thank you for teaching us effective briefing techniques.

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

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

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

Very enthusiastic and professional. Presents knowledge in the subject.

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

Video presentation clips of good and bad for learning purposes.

You are very knowledgeable and your genuine interest is contagious.

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

A good class for people with little public speaking experience.

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

Awsome! Learned a lot and had fun!

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

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

Enjoyable experience.

Good review of public speaking classes.

Good; of to get ready for presenting professionally.


I thought that the workshop was a positive experience.

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

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

Informative and helpful.

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

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

Informative, practical and a requirement to my employee.

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

It is always good to have practice public speaking.

It was a good exercise to improve your presentation skills.

It was a good experience overall.

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

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

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

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

It was good.

It was highly informational and I learned a lot.

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

It was long, but beneficial.

It was nice, helped with public speaking.

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


Long; but informative.

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

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

Positive experience.

Presentation was daunting but overall a very worthwhile class.


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

The best class so far.

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

Too long, should only be one day.

Very informative, if a little long.

Very informative.

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

Yes it did!

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

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