University of Bath

Presentation skills

A course for staff to develop your presentation skills whether to a small audience within the context of a meeting, or in a larger, more formal setting.

When the course runs

Date(s) and time: tbc

Presenter: Arthur Basley

2018/19 courses: are yet to be finalised. This course is likely to run in June only. Course dates will be published approximately 6 to 8 weeks beforehand.

To book/cancel your place once a course date has been arranged - please see the instructions below for using Employee Self Service (ESS).

About this course

This course is suitable for all staff who have to present to others as part of their role, whether to a small audience within the context of a meeting, or in a larger, more formal setting.

Presentation skills are usually developed over time, as part of a long-term development journey. Good presenters review every presentation they do, learning from good and bad experiences, and implementing small but significant changes to improve. This course will therefore enable you to assess, practice and reflect on your presentation skills, and will cover:

  • the components of a good presentation
  • how your posture impacts behaviour and communication
  • tips for managing your motivation/focus/nerves
  • dos and don’ts of delivery
  • the opportunity to practice, reflect and improve your presentation skills

You will be:

  • presenting to each other in small groups
  • given the opportunity to use PowerPoint, and so may wish to familiarise yourself with basic functions (adding text/images/new slides) in advance, if needed.

If you wish to develop your PowerPoint skills, IT Training run a regular 'Introduction to PowerPoint' session which may be of interest.

Intended learning outcomes

By the end of this session you will be able to:

  • explain the components of a good presentation
  • identify your current strengths/weaknesses regarding presenting to others
  • identify and apply techniques to develop your presentation skills (especially in relation to your area of weakness)
  • apply techniques/principles to ensure that your presentation achieves its purpose
  • manage any questions/queries arising
  • evaluate your own future presentations as an on-going process to reflect and identify areas for continued improvement

Pre work

The pre-work for this course will be available on Moodle approximately 1 week before the course date and will take approximately 1 hour to complete.

To download the pre-work log-in and self-enrol on the Moodle course called 'Pre-work for Workforce Development (Staff Development) programmes and courses'.

Effective Behaviours Framework (EBF)

The Effective Behaviours Framework (EBF) has nine key behavioural areas. This course will help you to develop skills and knowledge related to the EBF behavioural groups highlighted below:

  • Managing self and personal skills
  • Developing self and others

Please note that attending the course does not provide evidence of achieving these behaviours; you will need to demonstrate them by applying your skills and knowledge.

Who should attend

This course is suitable for all staff who have to present to others as part of their role.

This may be to a small audience within the context of a meeting, or in a larger, more formal setting.

Book a place

Discussing your learning and development with your line manager

We assume that if you need permission or agreement to attend this course you will have arranged this before booking, and have also jointly discussed the following with your line manager to ensure that the training is suitable and your learning can be transferred back to the workplace:

  • how this training will help to deliver your individual/team goals
  • the expected outcomes (i.e. what is expected to change/improve as a result)
  • any support required post-course to enable you to transfer your learning back to the workplace

Book a place

Once a course date has been arranged you can book your place using Employee Self-Service (ESS). You must book a place to be able attend.

Please note that we do not hold a waiting list for this course.

Cancel your place

You can cancel your place using Employee Self-Service (ESS).

Please cancel your place as early as possible, and at least 3 days in advance, to allow others to book instead.

Online learning and resources

Access online tools and support about presenting to others on-demand via the Development Toolkit, such as: