Executive and Professional Development

Essential Design Skills - for presenters and trainers

If you are a trainer, presenter or faculty member who is interested in how people learn and how you can incorporate educational best practices in your design and delivery, then this two-day workshop will be of interest to you. Helping people develop new skill, knowledge and attitude requires more than the ability to ‘cover material’. Effective learning design requires insight into how people learn and remember. That means understanding the finite capacity people have in processing auditory and visual information, how people remember over time and what works to maximize retention. 

This workshop is invaluable for anyone who teaches or presents. Effective design skills can turn a boring subject into an interesting one. Effective design skills can turn something you don’t look forward to delivering into something enjoyable for both you and your participants.

Essential Design Skills is an elective seminar for the Certificate in Business Communications.

DATES - 2 Day Seminar


Location: Saint Mary's at the World Trade Centre, 8th Floor, 1800 Argyle Street


Program Content

Identifying Audience Expectations of the Presenter

  • Identify how your own delivery style positively and/or negatively influences reception of your message
  • Clarify what audiences hope for from their presenters

Clarifying Your Purpose

  • Identify your main point
  • Determine what to include in a presentation, and what to exclude
  • Determine what goes into your handouts, your slides and your speaker notes

Designing an Effective Presentation

  • Design a presentation to suit your own needs as a presenter
  • Design a presentation that appeals to a wide range of audience preferences
  • Support audience retention of your central point through a variety of presentation techniques

Creating Effective Use of Audio-Visuals

  • Design audio-visual aids that work well and that are easy for you to present
  • Determine appropriate and effective use of PowerPoint
  • Consider alternatives to PowerPoint: flipchart, props, video, and other methods

Dealing with Nerves

  • Analyze the cause of your own nervousness
  • Develop strategies for dealing effectively with your own nervousness

Ways of Generating Audience Participation

  • Analyze a variety of discussion methods
  • Conduct an analysis to determine which discussion method to use in certain situations (group size, time of day, nature of the topic)
  • Value discussion methods as energizers, and opportunities for both presenter and audience to "regroup"

Handling Audience Questions and Comments

  • Analyze a variety of strategies for managing questions and comments
  • Deal with challenging situations in question and answer sessions
  • Maintain diplomatic control of question and answer sessions

Practice and Feedback

  • Each participant will have an opportunity to deliver a presentation and receive feedback about what their strengths and areas for development as a presenter

What You Will Learn

  • Specific strategies to help you enjoy presenting information more effectively
  • You will be provided an opportunity to practice your skill in a supportive environment
  • Should you choose, your practice session may be videotaped for future reference and feedback
  • You will be provided with feedback outlining specific practices you could do differently to be more effective in future presentations

Who Should Attend?

You will benefit from this seminar if you:

  • are someone who wishes to experience greater confidence and comfort in their ability to present information to an audience, large or small
  • are someone required to give presentations as part of their job, on a regular basis or occasionally