Improve your presentation skills

Tips from our seminar

Some people are natural presenters: put them up in front of an audience and give them a data projector or a flip chart and they’re in their element.  Most of us aren’t like that.  But we can all develop the skills required to deliver an effective presentation that leaves the audience impressed and the presenter feeling that it went a whole lot better than expected.

Our popular Presentation Skills course, run by Festo Didactic’s training partner Mercuri International is specifically designed to equip attendees with the skills and techniques they need to persuade their audience of their point of view. So we’ve distilled a few pointers that should help to set you – and your audience – up for a rewarding presentation session.

For a great presentation you need: well-organised relevant content and a presentation style that gives your audience confidence in what you’re telling them (after all, if you don’t sound convinced, why should they believe a word of it?). The secret, is attention to detail.

Firstly make sure you have great content.

The beginning:

  • Get off to a good, strong start.
  • State the aims of the presentation, taking the audience quickly through the planned stages.
  • Tell the audience why or how the subject is important to them.

The middle:

  • Follow a logical sequence for the stages in your presentation, one that supports your aims. Choose the sequence that the audience will find easiest to follow.
  • Include all the information necessary for the result you are trying to achieve.
  • Keep the information short and to the point – the more you say, the less the audience remembers.
  • Summarise wherever you can – summaries are better than detailed information.
  • Talk the same language as your audience.
  • Don’t tell the audience things they already know, or talk down to them.

The end:

  • Round off strongly, with a short, punchy conclusion – this is what the audience will remember.
  • Include a recap of the main points of the presentation.
  • Reiterate the main message you want to get across.
  • Tell the audience what you want them to do next.
  • Don’t just tail off, unsure of how to close – you’ll lose all the impact you’ve worked to create.
  • Great delivery!

Project yourself:

  • The success of a presentation depends in large part on how well you project yourself to the audience.
  • Make sure of your facts, and be confident in the way you put them across – if you aren’t confident, your audience is less likely to accept your message.
  • Show commitment and belief in the message you are putting across – if you are not committed the audience will quickly sense this.
  • Look at your audience as much as possible (if you avoid looking
    at people they start to think you are shifty, or unsure of yourself ).
  • Be beware of mannerisms which could distract the audience (remember, it’s much more effective to think of doing something else, rather than thinking about not doing something).

Manage the session

It’s your presentation – remember that, because the way you control
the presentation is important.

  • Pace yourself well – don’t allow yourself to get bogged down in detail in the middle of the presentation, so that you have to end in a rush to make up time.
  • Keep to time.
  • Retain full control throughout the presentation.
  • Don’t allow persistent interruptions, or allow anyone to successfully challenge the credibility of your case, or the presentation will be ruined. 

Oh, and one more thing. Make sure the necessary aids and equipment are in working order BEFORE you begin.  Leave nothing to chance, and take no one’s word for it – check it yourself!

Festo Didactic – Training and Consulting

Course: Presentation Skills

Syllabus includes:

  • Communication skills
  • Plannning the presentation
  • Personal projection
  • Non-verbal communication
  • Knowing and using your audience
  • Audio-visual aids
  • Practical work – including a full presentation


To book a place call 01604 667584, or alternatively e-mail


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