Preparing to present clearly and confidently

A step-by-step guide to preparing and presenting your ideas to maximize your impact on your audience.
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  • Lectures 18
  • Length 2 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 1/2015 English

Course Description

Welcome to the course!

This course looks at presenting from the perspective that you, as a presenter, have a certain idea or message that you want to convey to you audience. I will then take you through how to structure your message so it can best be heard and how to prepare for your presentation and overcome nerves so that you can deliver clearly and confidently with a presentation style that your audience will listen to.

I'm aiming this course at those who are presenting in the workplace. It is a back to basics approach which is suitable for those starting out who want to learn a methodical approach to presenting. It is also suitable for those with experience in presenting who need to pick up new ideas to improve their presentations or even unlearn bad habits.

What are the requirements?

  • No prior knowledge or software needed however I do recommend that you have a presentation in mind that you are preparing for so that you can test out the tools and techniques as we go.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Understand who their audience is and how to appeal to them
  • Structure their ideas and their message so it can be clearly understood by their audience
  • Use supporting materials effectively to engage the audience and explain ideas
  • Thoroughly prepare for the presentation so they can communicate their key messages clearly and with confidence
  • Encourage questions from the audience and answer them with confidence
  • Continue to develop their skills through practise, reflection and feedback

Who is the target audience?

  • Beginners who are looking for a methodological way to plan for and prepare for their presentations
  • More advanced presenters who want to go back to basics to unlearn bad habits and develop their presentation skills

What you get with this course?

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30 day money back guarantee.

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Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction and overview
Introduction to the course
Section 2: Understanding your audience

Key to getting your message across is understanding how much information your audience can take on board. This lecture sets out some principles of learning and memory for you to keep in mind to help you to ensure your audience pays attention and retains what you have said.


This lecture focuses on putting your audience first throughout the planning and delivery of your presentation. Through understanding your audience, you can structure your message in a way that will really speak to them and their interests.

3 questions

Check your understanding of the content covered in the lectures on understanding your audience.

Section 3: Structure

Your introduction is your opportunity to set out clearly to your participants who you are and what you will be talking about. This lecture will take you through some tips and techniques to ensure you start on the right note.


This lecture looks at how to structure the main body of your presentation and using key words and phrases to guide your audience. This will help everyone to keep on track and follow your message.


A strong conclusion should clearly and succinctly explain your message to your audience. It enables you to ensure your audience leave the room knowing exactly what you were talking about and inspired to take up your call to action.

6 questions

Test your knowledge of the content covered in the section on structure.

Section 4: Supporting materials

Supporting materials can help you to explain and illustrate your message. They give the audience something to engage with and can help to reach people who engage with data in different ways. There are a number of different options available to you - this lecture gives an overview and the following lectures go into more detail on the most common tools.


This lecture covers how to use PowerPoint to best effect to support the delivery of your message and come across as a seemless and confident presenter.


This lecture looks at the use of Prezi, an online presenting tool, as an alternative tool to PowerPoint.


This lecture looks at the use of flipcharts to support your explanations and discussions as well as to bring interaction into your presentation.


This lecture looks at infographics as a visually appealing way to display information in a hand out and to sum up your key ideas in a way that tells a story to your audience.

4 questions

Test your retention of the information covered in the section on supporting materials.

Section 5: Preparation

It is essential to your performance as a presenter that you go into the presentation well prepared. That should include knowing your content and practising it as well as preparing yourself physically and mentally to speak in front of an audience.


Preparing your voice will help you to ensure you speak confidently right from the beginning of your presentation. It will also enable you to know your voice better so that you can use your voice to best effect to convey the impression you want and underline your message.


It is completely natural to feel nervous before (and during) a presentation. It is what you do with those nerves that count. This lecture looks at how to feel the fear and do it anyway.

4 questions

Test your knowledge of the content covered in the section on preparation.

Section 6: Your delivery
Finding your style

You can use your body language during your presentation to convey confidence as well as to support and underline your message. This lecture looks at the different ways you can acheiev this.


Questions from the audience are a great way for you to gauge how well your message has been understood and if your audience is on board with your ideas. This lecture looks at how to best facilitate and invite questions as well as how to answer them with confidence.

6 questions

Test your knowledge of the content covered in the section on your delivery.

Section 7: Continuing to build your skills

Developing your presentation skills is an ongoing task, one which you need to practise in order to master. You can support your learning through finding opportunities to practise, reflecting on how you have performed and getting feedback from others. Using the tools and techniques described in this course will help to steer you in the right direction - then it's down to you to practise, practise, practise.

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Instructor Biography

Kathryn Birkett, Learning and Development Professional

I began my career in the UK as a Learning and Development professional for a leading global law firm and went on from there to develop a career in professional services across Europe and Australia.

Throughout my career my role has been to design and deliver programmes to employees, from new starter to executive level, aimed at helping them to develop the skills they need to succeed in their careers. Through that work I saw, time and time again, the same challenges in communicating and working effectively with other people.

I'm passionate about the opportunity Udemy offers for us all to access learning from experts and I've developed this series of courses to bring the tools and methodologies I taught on those development programmes to individuals.

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