Presenting Skills

Presenting Skills

Having worked with organisations like Unilever, Astra Zeneca, Network Rail, WPP, Aegis, Comres and Roche, as well as TEDx speakers, Presenting Change has identified 10 key skills that underpin successful presentations. You can find out more about these 10 skills by taking the QuickTest below to assess your current ability or you can click here to see the Presenting Skills in action

Take the 3-minute test

Test yourself –take our QuickTest and rate yourself against the 10 skills of presenting.

The test will only take 3 minutes but it will raise awareness of your current capabilities as a speaker.

  • Voice speed and pausing
  • Voice Tone and Projection
  • Body Language - Message
  • Body Language - Rapport
  • Audience Connection
  • Head and Heart
  • Visual Media
  • Structure and Planning
  • Audience Interaction
  • Making it Interesting

Voice speed and pausing

On a scale of 1 to 10, where 1 is "Not at all" and 10 is "Extremely well", please rate your skill in the following:

I control the speed of my voice to suit my message and I use the pause to good effect

Voice Tone and Projection

On a scale of 1 to 10, where 1 is "Not at all" and 10 is "Extremely well", please rate your skill in the following:

I use a varied tone; I am easily heard and I avoid “filler” words

Body Language - Message

On a scale of 1 to 10, where 1 is "Not at all" and 10 is "Extremely well", please rate your skill in the following:

I use descriptive gestures, facial expression and appropriate movement to enhance my message

Body Language - Rapport

On a scale of 1 to 10, where 1 is "Not at all" and 10 is "Extremely well", please rate your skill in the following:

My eye contact and rapport gestures encourage audience engagement

Audience Connection

On a scale of 1 to 10, where 1 is "Not at all" and 10 is "Extremely well", please rate your skill in the following:

I give the audience a reason to care and relate to their thoughts / concerns

Head and Heart

On a scale of 1 to 10, where 1 is "Not at all" and 10 is "Extremely well", please rate your skill in the following:

I combine facts and logic with enthusiasm and emotional connection.

Visual Media

On a scale of 1 to 10, where 1 is "Not at all" and 10 is "Extremely well", please rate your skill in the following:

I use clear slides and other media and interact with them effectively

Structure and Planning

On a scale of 1 to 10, where 1 is "Not at all" and 10 is "Extremely well", please rate your skill in the following:

My objectives are clear. My structure aids learning and understanding

Audience Interaction

On a scale of 1 to 10, where 1 is "Not at all" and 10 is "Extremely well", please rate your skill in the following:

I handle questions assertively, manage dialogue and keep the attention of all the audience

Making it Interesting

On a scale of 1 to 10, where 1 is "Not at all" and 10 is "Extremely well", please rate your skill in the following:

And lastly, I use analogies, stories, examples, and contrast to enhance understanding and interest

Contact Details

Don't forget to answer the last question above and enter your contact details and submit your answers by clicking the "Submit" button below.

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Options

If you want to move beyond knowledge and awareness to deeper skill acquisition, there are 3 options;

Option 1

Presenter’s Pack

This special pack gives you all of the following;

A 16 page skills guide explaining each skill in detail (available as high quality download), packed with practical tips and suggestions.

Unlimited access to all 10 video tutorials, that demonstrate and deepen your knowledge of how to apply each skill.

Free newsletter with tips and examples to help with a range of communication scenarios.

A chance to request a topic for a future video tutorial.

10% discount on a 1:1 remote coaching session   

This is a quality learning package and yet is on offer at a special introductory price of only £30.00 + VAT.

Option 2

Remote coaching

A fast and convenient way to prepare for any important presentation or speech.

No travel time, no travel expenses, no venue charges, no one else’s agenda.

Just quality, specialist coaching delivered directly to you, wherever you are in the world.

Option 3

Small group workshops

Workshops are a superb way to develop a common understanding of how to present with confidence, achieve rapport and impact. Small group sizes (typically maximum of 5 people) ensure there is still plenty of scope for individual coaching within the workshop.

Duration normally ranges from 2-8 hours but 2 day programmes can be arranged.

10 skills support materials are company branded for these events.

Examples of presentation skills in action

Have a look at the example videos below to see some of the skills being put into practice.  Or if you prefer more detailed video tutorials and the 10 skills guide book, simply click on the Presenter’s Pack button above to try and buy.

Voice speed and pausing.

Ken Robinson

Hear how voice pace is well matched to the message and filler words are avoided.

Head and heart.

Alexander Betts

This talk combines emotional appeal with facts and logic to great effect.

Voice tone and projection.

Oprah Winfrey

Notice how the voice conveys authority and is clear and resonant in this example.