Designing and Delivering High Impact Presentations

on-site program

Designing and Delivering High Impact Presentations is a two-day, in-person, facilitator-led program that covers all aspects of presenting. The focus is on building or enhancing the skills needed to prepare and deliver effective, precise, and high impact presentations that meet the needs of both the presenter and the audience.

Upon program completion, participants will be able to:

  • Clarify the purpose of their presentations as well as the needs of the respective audiences and tailor their presentations accordingly
  • Use a simple yet highly effective process for developing and organizing informative and persuasive presentations that keep audiences engaged and focused
  • Demonstrate techniques for enhancing the effectiveness of their presentation style when presenting remotely and target areas for continuous improvement
  • Develop and use effective PowerPoint and avoid common distractions
  • Respond appropriately to questions and comments and manage challenging situations
  • Use a variety of techniques for controlling nervousness that might otherwise impede the effectiveness of the presentation

Program Format

This seminar is taught using a combination of demonstration, discussion, video-recorded practice, and group feedback.

Participants are expected to complete approximately 30 minutes of pre-work before the program.

Program Length

Two days (typical start and end times are 9:00 am–5:00 pm)

Number of Participants

This program is designed to accommodate up to eight (8) participants to allow for maximum practice and interaction.


CTR will deliver a customized two-day presentation skills program. Program exercises and materials can be adapted to reflect your organization’s culture and unique challenges. A workbook reinforcing key concepts will be included, and participants will receive an electronic copy of their video-recorded practice presentations with accompanying feedback.

Sample Agenda

Day One

9:00 – 9:15, Program overview and introductions


9:15 – 10:30, 1st Practice and Coaching

  • 2 to 3-minute video-recorded impromptu presentation

10:30 – 10:45, Break


10:45 – 12:00, Planning and Preparing

    • Clarifying the presentation’s purpose and objective(s)
    • Analyzing the audience
    • Developing the roadmap (open, body, close)

12:00 – 1:30, Lunch and preparation for 2nd video-recorded presentation

  • During this time, participants revise their persuasive presentation pre-work using the learning from the morning and receive one-on-one coaching as needed.

1:30 – 3:30, 2nd Practice and Coaching

  • 5-minute video-recorded persuasive presentation using the model for designing effective presentations

3:30 – 3:45, Break


3:45 – 5:00, Projecting the Right Image

  • Enhancing personal delivery style (eye contact, body language, voice)
  • Developing effective PowerPoint and handouts
  • Managing other distractions (personal appearance and professional language)

Evening assignment – review video-recorded presentations

Day Two

9:00 – 9:15, Recap day one; debrief insights from evening video review


9:15 – 10:00, Managing the Audience

  • Maintaining interest
  • Handling questions (anticipating, requesting, listening and responding)
  • Dealing with challenging situations

10:00 – 10:30, Ensuring Success

  • Controlling nervousness
  • Using helpful tools (Preparation checklist, Feedback Form, Action Plan)

10:30 – 11:00, Preparation for 3rd video-recorded presentation (includes break)


11:00 – 4:30, 3rd Practice and Coaching

  • 10-minute video-recorded business presentation with coaching and group feedback; (lunch break included)

4:30 – 5:00, Goal setting and program wrap-up