Skills for Professional Presentations

 Until we master the Vulcan Mind Meld, we'll have to do with this Resource Page...

Until we master the Vulcan Mind Meld, we'll have to do with this Resource Page...

Welcome to our resource page

It was great working with you this week. Thanks for all your hard work and for all the support you gave to your co-learners. I'll keep this site up and running for as long as people need it as a place to capture useful resources about designing and delivering presentations. Scroll through the various links to access or download the resources we discussed in our workshop.

Let's keep in touch. If you need support or opinions on anything you're working on, please give me a call. I'd be happy to help.

All the best,



our Workshop materials and resources

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I created the above PDF (of our Flip Chart notes) using Tiny Scanner. Just click the button below to access the app.

I used Meeting Sift to conduct an electronic poll in our group.You can access the link by clicking the button above. If you want to test drive Meeting Sift, give me a call or send me an email and I'll lend you my login information. Meeting Sift generates instant reports. Here's the copy of the report we generated in our group. Click here for the report.

University of California offers an excellent (free) online course on learning how to learn. This is a great course for anyone who teaches, presents, learns or wants to help others learn. Just click the above link to begin. It's one of the best courses I've ever taken.

Pauline offered this link which offers keyboard shortcuts for delivering your PowerPoint presentation. Thank you Pauline for sharing this.

If you're in the market for energizers and ice-breakers, the above document captures some good ones. Just click to download.

video tutorials

Lesson 1: What's The Point (of my presentation)?

People don't have a high tolerance for information they can't use. This 6 minute tutorial will help you get a clearer picture of what you want your audience to be able to do as a result of your presentation - your objective. 

Lesson 2: How Much Info Can I include?

Humans can process a limited amount of information in a presentation. This 3 minute video will give you an easy formula you can use to calculate how many words and how many pages of script you should prepare given your allotted timef rame.


Advertisers know the importance of rate of delivery, in fact, advertising psychology is one of the fastest growing fields of psychology today. Click on the button below if you want to see an interesting research article on how advertisers manipulate rate of delivery to highlight positive effects of the drug they're promoting and to minimize the frightening negative side effects.

Lesson 3: What's My Typical Rate of Delivery? An Interesting Experiment...

Most people speak at a rate of 180 words per minute... That's 60 words per minute too fast for a presentation. This 4 minute tutorial will help you clock how fast you deliver your content. Do you deserve a speeding ticket?

Turtle Talk Wins the Race

If you would like to download the article regarding rate of speech, just click the button below. Enjoy!

Lesson 4: How Can I Find Out What My Audience Is Interested In?

One of the best places to begin your presentation design is with an audience needs assessment - a way of quickly checking in with some potential audience members to find out what they already know and want to know as a result of your presentation. This 2 minute tutorial will give you some tips on how to consult with others in an attempt to find out what people are really interested in.


Recess! Every Presentation Ever!

This video is optional but oh so funny! And it's funny because it's true...

Lesson 5: How Can I Create a Presentation Outline Quickly?

Now that you have clarified your purpose and scope, you're ready to start drafting an outline. This 5 minute tutorial will give you a quick and easy way of getting your ideas out on paper and moving them around to build a good framework for deciding what to keep and what to cut.

Lesson 6: What Should Come First, In The Middle And At The End?

Many presentations are written like a paper: background information first and the important information and recommendations at the end. But, presentations aren't papers and can't be written like one. When we design a great presentation, we need to do so based on how people learn and remember. This 10 minute tutorial will give you tips on how to structure the parts of your presentation.

Lesson 7: How Can I Create Amazing Flip Charts?

Now you're ready to create some great audio-visual aids... And, my favourite audio-visual aid is the humble flip chart. Flip charts always work, you can hide your speaker's notes on them and, if done well, are better at fostering retention than the typical PowerPoint.

Lesson 8: want to avoid death by powerpoint?

PowerPoint is a powerful audio-visual aid for the audience. Unfortunately, PowerPoint is often used as speaker's notes for the presenter or it contains information that should be in a hand-out and not on a slide. This 8 minute tutorial will give you some pointers on how to create a non-distracting slide as well as how to use the pen function and how to embed videos and pictures.

LESSON 9: How I animate my videos

I've had people ask me how to create the animations I used for my video tutorials, so here's how I do it: I use Sparkol's Video Scribe (link below). I love it but it takes a bit of experimenting to get used to. There's a free version, although the version I use is an upgraded one. The fees are outlined on their site. If you want to give it a try, here's the link.

Tips on dealing with nerves

Reinforce Your Learning Part One! Flash Card study set

If you really want to reinforce your learning, try our Flash Card Study Set. This is a "low stakes" way of testing what you've retained from our tutorials.

Reinforce Your Learning Part Two! Scatter Quiz

If you really, really, really want to reinforce your learning, try our Scatter Quiz. Make the items disappear by matching the correct answer with its question. Just click and drag the answer to the question and the item will disappear. Race against time to make all of the items vanish.

Create your own quiz

Quizlet is an easy way to create quizzes. If you want to give it a try, just click on the Quizlet link below.