Powerful Presentations – Notes for Managers, Coaches and Mentors of Participants

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To get the most out of the course, delegates will need to be supported as they start to think and work differently. This page will help managers, coaches and mentors to provide that support. Here you will find:

  • Information about the course
  • What to expect after someone has attended the course
  • Suggestions to help you perform a useful review with the course participant

The Course

People will learn how to:

  • Identify the elements of a good presentation and appear confident in front of a wide range of audiences.
  • Feel comfortable and appear calm when presenting.
  • Structure appropriate content for presentations using PowerPointยฎ and Mind Mapsยฎ.
  • Effectively structure a presentation for impact and clarity.
  • Use body language, eye contact and voice projection for effective delivery.
  • Present with enthusiasm.
  • Give and receive feedback.

We run this course as a one day workshop. Here are the key aspects covered:

Initial Presentation

We introduce delegates to the learning cycle model to focus on continuous improvement. They are recorded making a short presentation and how to give feedback to their colleagues. The trainer will also give feedback.


The delegates will be shown how to consider the audience and to tailor the presentation to the 4 personality types that are encountered when presenting. They will also learn how to respond to challenging questions.


An understanding of how to prepare and structure a presentation, selecting key points. The delegates will be introduced to Mind Maps for planning and remembering.


Time will be spent on controlling nerves and “ums” and appearing confident. The training will involve concentrating on voice projection, gestures and movement and eye contact. Time will also be spent injecting enthusiasm and energy into presentations.


There will also be a focus on how to adopt the most resourceful mindset when presenting. Delegates will learn: visualisation/mental rehearsal techniques; the impact of physiology on state of mind; how to create positive beliefs about presenting.

Bringing it all together

The delegates will be shown how to deliver a memorable and impactful presentation.

Action Planning

At the end of the course delegates are encouraged to think about how they are going to use what they have learnt. We emphasise that it is up to them to put the techniques and perspectives covered into good use.

What to expect after someone has attended the course

Everyone attends the course for slightly different reasons but they will all have opportunities to use what they learn. Delegates are usually very keen to put their new skills into practice. A little well-directed support and encouragement by manager, coach or mentor can make a big difference. We hope the following notes will help you give that support:

What to expectWhat you can doย 
The delegates will want to practise their presentation skills.Encourage them to do so and ask the delegate to explain the processes and techniques they are using. Explaining it will reinforce their learning.
The delegate will be frustrated if there are no opportunities to present.If there is nothing scheduled, can you find an opportunity for them to practise presenting?
When presenting the delegate will want feedback.Evaluate their performance focusing at least as much on the things that are good and/or improving, as on areas where further development is needed.
Delegates need to keep practising to embed their skills.Encourage this and give them opportunities to do so.

Conducting a review after the course

Many managers like to follow up courses that their people have attended. The style and format of these reviews varies widely so here are some prompts for suggested discussion points:

  • Action Planย – at the end of the course all delegates are encouraged to commit to specific actions to use and reinforce the things theyโ€™ve learnt. That action plan is a good start point for a review.
  • Presenting –ย what is going well, what didn’t and what will they do differently next time.
  • Coaching Othershave there been any opportunities to coach others in the use of the techniques?
  • Generalย – it will be worth going back to the original reasons for attending the course and also review the other notes in this section that describe the course and use them as a prompt for your discussion.

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