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On a recent Presentation Skills Training Course, a question was asked “What are the key things people should remember when Presenting?”. The reality is there are many components to a good presentation. However, to make it simple we have listed below 3 essentials to a good presentation;

1. What is your Story???

What is the story you are trying to tell? A presentation should be viewed as a storyboard, it should be planned so it is easy to follow. Have you structured to tell it in an interesting and engaging manner? Ensure that you have a clear beginning, a clear middle and a clear ending?

2. Visual Message

The most popular visual aid is powerpoint, however a visual aid is anything that will help you the presenter to convey your message. The visual message can make or break a presentation.

Time after time we see people using power point slides full of words and sentences that the presenter just reads. This does not work!

Presentation Skills Training teaches delegates how to create the right visual message through the use of effective visual aids. We believe every slide should have some form of visual on it. Words can be used but should be limited to bullet points for the presenter to expand on. A general rule of thumb is 6 words per line and 6 lines per slide.

3. Delivery

All about you! This part is how you project yourself and how you connect through eye contact with the audience ie; posture, stage presence, vocal delivery and gestures. Ensure that your body language matches the message you are trying to deliver.

It is vitally important that our body language matches the message we are trying to deliver when we present.

So going back to the question, what are the key things to remember when presenting? We are taught on Presentation Skills Training courses to always consider the message, the visual aids you are using to support the message and finally your delivery which includes body language and voice inflection

Remember; Verbal-Vocal-Visual

When it comes to communication there are three key areas Verbal-the words we say, Vocal-the way we say it and finally Visual which is really our body language.

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“Oh my god I am so sorry, I am shaking, I did not realise I would be this nervous, I am so sorry” this is what I have heard through a number of presentations and I often wonder why is this person drawing attention to the one thing that I am sure they do not want people to realise?

Overcome Fear with a Presentation Skills Training Courses

It is known through presentation skills training courses that people tend to make this mistake but it is also known that the audience do not notice your hands shaking unless you are holding something. Through presentation skills training you will also find that the audience cannot see your chest heaving or your or the fear you may be feeling inside.

I am positive it has happened to you on several occasions, we all feel it, you are waiting in anticipation to present and here come the butterflies however what you will find is that the fear that you feel before the presentation will greatly outweigh the fear you feel throughout the presentation as you realise those butterflies are flying in formation. The formation of these butterflies is a tool that is used in presentation skill training courses.

Let us just say that butterflies do exactly as they say on the tin, butter melts so will those butterflies. So give your audience the benefit of the doubt that they will support you, they will answer your questions and they will ask you questions, just remember to be yourself and use plenty of eye contact. Many people in presentation skills training courses say that smiling is the key to presenting as it lets the audience know that you are approachable whilst it also relaxes the muscles on your face, which consequently relaxes your body.

A well known tool in presentation skills training is to hold a questions and answer session after the presentation as this ensures your audience has received the essential information that you wanted to tell them. Presentation skills training courses will ensure that you no longer say “words mixed up are your not” so what it will be is “your words are not mixed up”.

If you would like to learn more about the professional training courses that are provided by Frank and his team around Ireland please do not hesitate to contact us.


You have butterflies, you are twitching, you are shaking, your knees are going to cave in, you know that since you were born your brain has started working but once you stand on that podium your brain is going to freeze, you’re up next. How are you going to present confidently and stylishly? Through presentation skills training you can discover the secrets to presenting in public.

So you’re presenting this afternoon and you’re wishing you had taken the presentation skills course, you’re wishing you had paid attention to presentations in college, you’re wishing you had read books on presentations or at least asked someone for advice. You want to present a piece that is memorable, understood and meaningful.

In order for you to do this you need to remember that the key to presentations is to be prepared. Do not stress, maybe you didn’t take that presentation skills training course your boss wanted to send you on. It is not to late all is not lost just remember the 8 simple steps to preparation in your presentation skills;

  1. Develop an objective. Be realistic and specific, no need for rambling. Ask yourself by the end of this presentation what you want the target audience to know.
  2. What are your audience needs? Ask your point of contact for your audiences numbers in order to develop a relationship and find out what they want to gain from the presentation.
  3. What are your main ideas? What are the main ideas you require the audience to know and what information will accomplish your objectives. You need to accomplish specific ideas, however no more than five as there is nothing worse than being bombarded with information.
  4. How will you support your ideas? Bring your own personality into it to give them something to remember, throw in anecdotes or personal stories. Use statistics, memos, magazines, quotations and expert advice.
  5. Create an opener. On presentation skills training courses you are always told the beginning is the most important step. An average listener will form a positive or negative opinion of you in the first minute so be creative, capture their attention, use questions to get them thinking straight away, state why you are up there as it’s obviously not for the good of your own health. Express yourself confidently.
  6. Develop transactions. Organise your presentation to flow naturally from one point to the next so that it is easy-going and not rigid, this can be difficult but can be developed through presentation skills training courses to make your audience feel at ease but focussed.
  7. Structure your main body. This is a mix of 3 and 4. You want the audience to follow you and understand you so be clear and keep it in order.
  8. Close. Provide a summary of your ideas; review the purpose of the presentation as the audience need to be reminded. The key to presenting your close is to restate your key points

By participating in a presentation skills training course you will be aware of how to be fully prepared for your presentation. You will be able to stand up confidently knowing that you will blow the audience away with your poise, assertiveness, composure and knowledge of your ideas.

If you would like some more information on the range of professional training courses that are available throughout Ireland by Frank and his team then do not hesitate to contact us.


Through presentation skills training you can discover the secrets to presenting in public by controlling your nerves. Imagine this, you have butterflies, you are twitching, you are shaking, your knees are going to cave in, you know that since you were born your brain has started working but once you stand on that podium your brain is going to freeze, you’re up next. How are you going to present confidently and stylishly?

Here you are having to present this afternoon and you’re wishing you had taken that presentation skills training course, you’re wishing you had paid attention to presentations training in college, you’re wishing you had read books on presentations or at least asked someone for advice. You want to present a piece that is memorable, understood and meaningful.

In order for you to do this you need to remember that the key to presentations is to be prepared. Do not stress, maybe you didn’t take that presentation skills training course your boss wanted to send you on. It is not to late, all is not lost just remember the 8 simple steps to preparation in your presentation skills;

  1. Develop an objective. Be realistic and specific, no need for rambling. Ask yourself by the end of this presentation what you want the target audience to do?
  2. What are your audience needs? Ask your point of contact for your audiences numbers in order to develop a relationship and find out what they want to gain from the presentation
  3. What are your main ideas? What are the main ideas you require the audience to know and what information will accomplish your objectives. You need to accomplish specific ideas, however no more than five as there is nothing worse then being bombarded with information.
  4. How will you support your ideas? Bring your own personality into it to give them something to remember, throw in anecdotes or personal stories. Use statistics, memos, magazines, quotations and expert advice.
  5. Create an opener. On presentation skills training courses you are always told the beginning is the most important step. An average listener will form a positive or negative opinion of you in the first minute so be creative, capture their attention, use questions to get them thinking straight away, state why you are up there as its obviously not for the good of your own health. Express yourself confidently.
  6. Develop transactions. Organise your presentation to flow naturally from one point to the next so that it is easy going and not rigid, this can be difficult but can be developed through presentation skills training courses to make your audience feel at ease but focussed.
  7. Structure your main body. This is a mix of 3 and 4. You want the audience to follow you and understand you so be clear and keep it in order.
  8. Close. Provide a summary of your ideas; review the purpose of the presentation as the audience need to be reminded. The key to presenting your close is to restate your key points

By participating in a presentation skills training course you will be aware of how to be fully prepared for your presentation. You will be able to stand up confidently knowing that you will blow the audience away with your poise, assertiveness, composure and knowledge of your ideas.


On a recent presentation skills training course, I asked the question ‘what do we not want from a presentation?’

There is nothing worse than trying to listen to a presentation and feeling like your listening to Father Stone (from father Ted), boring, droll, tedious and tiresome, like something you can listen to at night instead of counting sheep.

On presentation skills training courses one of the first things you are told is ‘When delivering a presentation you are the most important visual aid’, it is you that the eyes will be watching, it is you that the audience will be captivated by and it is you that needs to present confidently and boldly.

We have all been to the presentations where the person has wrecked our heads, their pitch is up and down, they’re trailing off at the end of sentences, they’re speeding through to get it over and done with and quite frankly they look as though they may just collapse because they’re out of breath.

You do feel sorry for the presenter but all you can think is “oh God I hope I am not like that!” well don’t let yourself be like that learn to speak with ease, be energetic, and enthusiastic. This is what you want to see in a presentation to keep you intrigued so why not practice what you preach? Learn the secrets behind relaxing through presenting, pausing for effect and keeping the audience’s attention by attending a presentation skills training course.

Have you ever been to a presentation when the presenter calls the women at the back of the room by name to ask her a question? Well this is because the presenter had initiated a conversation with the women before the seminar, consequently building up a rapport with that women and subsequently regaining the focus of the audience. Presentation skills training is much more than developing your presentation, it is about you, your vocal image and your pace and knowing that you do not need the big words to present effectively and successfully.