Presentation Skills for Leaders

Delivering Your Message with Confidence and Clarity

Good communication is a key characteristic of every successful leader. Whether to build relationships, present new ideas or achieve results through others, effective communication and effective leadership are closely intertwined. Fortunately, everyone can become a capable and effective presenter by applying principles used by great presenters, and then following up with practice.

Leaders gain numerous benefits when they invest the time to become effective communicators and presenters. Stronger communication skills build a leader’s confidence and ability to expand their network of influence. Effective communicators are more productive because they get their message across in less time and avoid time-consuming miscommunication problems. Conflict resolution and decision-making also improve with better communication.

This course presents many best practices and techniques used by great communicators and gives leaders an opportunity to put their new skills to use by creating and delivering a short presentation, and receiving peer feedback as a first step for honing a new, personal presentation style.

DAY 1:

Principles of Effective Presentations

  • Fundamentals of Communication Skills
  • 10 Best Practices for Presenters
  • The 3Vs of Communication
  • How Your Organization Values Communication

DAY 2:

Reaching Your Audience

  • Understanding Your Audience
  • Considering Your Presentation’s ABC Goals
  • Creating Smart Introductions 
  • Using Transitions

DAY 3:

Polishing Your Presentation and Style

  • Dos and Don’ts for Next-Level Slides
  • Headlines Vs. Headers
  • Vocal and Visual Strategies for Engaging Your Audience
  • Minimizing Signs of Anxiety

DAY 4:

Jumpstart Your Presentation

  • Use Voice and Body to Demonstrate Confidence
  • Record and Upload 1-Minute Presentation
  • Review and Provide Feedback on Peer Presentations

DAY 5:

Live Virtual Event

  • Cohort members, instructor, and a moderator synthesize learnings from the week and develop insights for next steps.


Learners Will:

  • Understand and apply building blocks that create powerful and engaging presentations
  • Discover methods for developing messages that will make strong connections with audiences
  • Leverage techniques to use body language and voice to increase impact
  • Improve communication skills to build a personal brand and represent the organization professionally

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Developed in partnership with:


  • Influence and Persuasion
  • Leadership
  • Marketing
  • Project Management


Deborah Grayson Riegel

Instructor of Management Communication at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Author, Overcoming Overthinking: 36 Ways to Tame Anxiety for Work, School, and Life

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