Excellent Business Presentation Skills Made Easy

Strong presentation and public speaking skills are critical to your success. Skilled, confident communicators succeed.
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  • Lectures 47
  • Length 3 hours
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  • Languages English
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Published 7/2014 English

Course Description

    EXCELLENT BUSINESS PRESENTATION SKILLS: are critical for leaders and business managers if they want to succeed.

    Millions of business presentations are given across the globe every day. Most are highly ineffective. They have unclear messages, fail to motivate or engage audiences, add little or no value and are frankly boring. The good news: it doesn't need to be that way.

    Start building your excellent business presentation skills today.

    LATEST NEWS: Once you have enrolled on the course you can request to join a closed Facebook group (details in the bonus lecture) where you can practice, get feedback and seek advice on your presentation skills, as well as complete the final challenge presentation activity.

    Take that next career advancing professional step and decide to stand out from the crowd. Say goodbye to the fear and frustration of upcoming presentations and hello to audiences wanting to congratulate you on your clear, powerful and compelling messages.

    Over 1130 students know that being able to clearly and convincingly communicate their ideas is critical to their business success. Talent and skill are not enough. If you are not able to clearly and confidently present your key messages to others, you are highly likely to lose out to someone who can.


    • Prepare and deliver winning business presentations that have a laser like focus on the key messages that are most likely to influence and persuade your audience.
    • Grab and hold audience attention right from the start with breathtakingly simple ideas and techniques
    • Develop business presentation content that makes real connections with your audience enabling you to influence and persuade key decision makers
    • Use vocal and body language techniques to create and re-enforce compelling messages
    • Eliminate distractions and noise from your visuals, focusing audience attention on your key messages that matter
    • Reduce and control nerves to present with a calm, clear, confident manner
    • Unleash the power of 'less is more'


    'This course really does nail it! It's clear, concise and to the point' - James Cooke

    'This is one of my Udemy staples. I keep going back to this course, watching, and each time I learn something more to help my presentation skills. Highly recommended'. - Sarah Arrow Business Blogger

    I think this is the very first course I have completed so far on Udemy, all in one day. Richard is an excellent instructor, very personable and down-to-earth. The course is well-organized with very practical, helpful, action-able information; comprehensive, but not overwhelming (which is important). This is an EXCELLENT course , I highly recommend it.Sherri Caldwell


    to develop your presentation skills easily at your convenience, anytime, anyplace and on multiple devices.

    lifetime access to your own highly experienced personal business presentation coach.

    expert presentation secrets, tips and advice that are clear, concise and easy to implement in your presentations

    high quality personal development from a highly experienced professional business trainer and presenter at low cost.

    a learning community where you can ask questions and share experiences with fellow students as well as your tutor.

    What have you got to lose? The course comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee and lifetime access to course material, along with future updates and additions. You will receive a certificate of completion on finishing the course. The course can be accessed on computers, iOS devices and Android.

    I look forward to sharing lively discussions and helping you become a confident, engaging and highly successful business presenter.

    See you online.

    Richard Lock

What are the requirements?

  • an open mind and willingness to learn
  • ideas you want to share
  • a past, present or future presentation you are able to use to apply the lessons you are learning.
  • a desire to succeed.
  • The commitment to complete the course in full and to practice.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Deliver powerful, high impact business presentations that audiences remember and act on.
  • connect emotionally with your audience in a way that successfully persuades, influences and informs.
  • Look, sound and feel confident - as if you have been presenting for years
  • grab audience attention right from the start and keep it.
  • simplify complex information and messages so that audiences get, and remember your key messages
  • Identify your key messages with a laser like focus for maximum clarity and impact.

Who is the target audience?

  • Anyone who wants to get their business ideas heard, accepted and implemented.
  • Anyone who who recognizes and values the improved career and job prospects strong presentation skills provides, and wants to have this critical communication skill in their career kit bag
  • Anyone who is a nervous presenter and wants to be more confident and professional in their presentation skills
  • presenters who want to stand out from the crowd for quality, not gimmicks
  • managers, business owners, influencers and entrepreneurs who want to succeed.
  • You should not take this course if you want the spotlight to be on you rather than your audience.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.



Welcome to this Business Presentation course, and thank you for choosing to build your presentation skills with me. This is a quick heads up on the course, before we get stuck into the real learning. To get the most from this online course please complete all of the lessons and activities fully. Make notes of key learning points along the way using the downloadable file associated with this lecture. Get involved. Start discussions, ask questions and answer the questions of others. We have the opportunity to build a like minded learning community and help each other to grow in confidence and experience.


This short lesson will show you how to get maximum value from this business presentation skills course, and why that matters. 


Establish your practice presentation and start applying your learning to get the best from the course.

Section 1: The core presentation principles that deliver success

This lesson introduces you to three key principles that you should follow for all your presentations, whether business or personal. You will find we keep referring to these as we move through the course, and you will unfortunately remember sitting (or possibly sleeping) through many presentations where one or more of these presentation principles have not been followed successfully.

Section 2: Preparation done well significantly increases the probability of success.

You might be fooled into thinking that every presenter knows the purpose of their presentation. But do they really know their purpose, or is it just a vague notion? Find out how to test and hone the purpose of your presentation. The clearer your purpose, the easier everything else becomes.


A short, but potentially challenging, way to help you get a clear focus on the real purpose of your presentation.


Successful presenters have laser like focus on their presentation content. Learn the critical questions to ask yourself once you have established your purpose, and before you do anything else.


How much presentation planning do we really do? For many people the answer is 'not very much' The most common tool used in planning is widely known as cut and paste. It goes like this: Have I done a similar presentation to this before? If not, do I know someone who has? For the sake of clarity, No - cut and paste is NOT really planning. Here are four easy to use tools that can help you plan your presentation. Using planning tools will ultimately save you time as it greatly increases the chances of getting your message across clearly first time.

Section 3: Building confidence, managing nerves

Nervous presenters give the game away. Complete this short activity to think about the ways presenters let their audience know they are nervous.


It is quite normal to feel nervous when you are presenting. How you manage those presentation nerves is what really matters. Learn a range of tips and techniques that will build your confidence and make it easier for you to focus on your key messages.


They say practice makes perfect, so why do so many of us cut it down to the minimum, or do none at all? Here are some practice tips and an example of one of my own practice sessions.

Section 4: First review quiz
6 questions

Answer these questions without referring back to any of the course materials.

Section 5: Using posture and movement to support your key messages

Avoiding mixed messages is essential if you want your ideas and key messages heard. This lesson helps you understand the common causes of mixed messages and how they impact your presentation and audience.


A short activity to start thinking about posture and movement. What do you believe works for good presenters and what gets in the way of delivering their message.


How we stand makes a significant difference to how our audience perceives us. There are no hard and fast rules, but here are some straightforward guidelines and principles to follow.


When speaking in public we often forget what to do with our hands. Here are some straightforward tips to help.


Maintaining eye contact with your audience during your presentation is important. This lesson provides you with some useful strategies to adopt and some traps to avoid.

1 page

Compare your list from lecture 9 to this summary of the key messages. How did you do?

Section 6: Your voice is your most important presentation asset when used well.

Your voice is the most important tool at your disposal as a presenter and public speaker. Your voice is driven by muscles, and like any other muscles they benefit from targeted preparation and maintenance. Here are some exercises to warm up and strengthen your voice.


How to use your voice to add colour to your presentations and connect with your audience.


Researchers believe they have discovered the elements that make the 'perfect voice'. This simple exercise will enable you to benchmark yourself against two of those key elements. 


Here are some practice ideas to help you better understand your voice and how to use it in your presentations.

Section 7: Activity: Learning Review

Get the most from your course. It is great that you have invested the time and money to further develop your skills. However, the story doesn't end there. The real value you get is from putting your learning into action by changing your habits and trying out new ideas and approaches.

Section 8: Creating audience interest and capturing attention for memorable presentations.

No more boring presentations. Engage with your audience using these straight forward success strategies based on the work of Chip and Dan Heath.


It is impossible to over emphasize how important simplicity is in effective presentation. getting to the core of your message and communicating it clearly separates highly successful presenters from the rest.


Raise your audience levels of interest and curiosity without tricks and gimmicks.


Explore this critical strategy to make things 'real' for your audience.


How do you you encourage your audience to believe what you say matters? By establishing your credibility.


Find out why emotion matters.


We all love stories. Find out why they are such an important element of engaging your audience.


This formula is at the heart of great presentation, so it's definitely worth reminding yourself of the key elements before applying them to your presentation.


Here is a great opportunity to see SUCCES in action. Watch this video of the Toastmasters 2015 World Champion of Public Speaking. Before you watch it, download the SUCCES analysis document, and as you watch, make a note of examples of the differing elements being used. There are plenty to find.

Exercise to apply the SUCCESS elements
Section 9: Second review quiz
Review questions
6 questions
Section 10: How to get the best from your visuals and avoid death by PowerPoint.

So many presenters waste the opportunities good visuals provide. Learn how to get the best from your visuals.


Visualizing your data is a super important if you want to get your messages remembered and understood. Steve Jobs once said, 'it is not about the numbers, it's about what the numbers mean.' So many business presenters fill their presentations with data and pasted spread sheet pages and it simply doesn't work.

This lecture is a short video clip from a lecture called The Food Revolution and you'll find it on my YouTube channel. It's a fantastic example of how to bring data alive in a memorable way. The speaker is a doctor talking to a conference of other doctors. They will have all seen the stats he is discussing. However, he tells a story that brings the information to life and makes it very real. He could have shown a spread sheet table. Everyone would have nodded sagely and forgotten it instantly.

I really like the way his images reflect the words he is using - 'spreading like a cancer' for example. He also gets high emotional involvement with the final images, especially the child.


A flip chart or whiteboard can be a very effective visual aid. Here are tips to use them well.

Section 11: Opening and closing with impact

Make the best use of peak moments of interest with these opening and closing strategies.

Section 12: Presentation Structures: Do they matter?

It's time to think about the sequence of your presentation.

Section 13: Dealing with questions

How to handle questions and more awkward audience members.

Section 14: Final review quiz
6 questions

The final opportunity to test yourself and guage your learning.

Section 15: Presentation Pitfalls

A refresher on the most common pitfalls that presenters make.

Section 16: Presentation Checklist

A downloadable presentation checklist to help you keep your presentations on track.

Section 17: Finally - be yourself

It's time to put all your learning together and become an engaging presenter. Before you do that, one final piece of advice.

Section 18: Final Presentation Challenge

An opportunity to put all your learning into practice and make a 5 minute presentation demonstrating your learning. Then upload your presentation to the closed Facebook group for students of this course and get feedback to help you develop your skills further. You'll find details of the Facebook group in the downloadable resource linked to this lecture.

Section 19: Copy of slides
Copy of slides
Section 20: Making a presentation on camera - a personal case study

Whilst I have been presenting, speaking, training and facilitating for many years, the growth of online learning through video based activity is a newer field for me. As a 30 year learning and development professional I am keen to be a part of this learning revolution. Through my dealings with Udemy I was offered the chance to work with fellow instructor Alexa Fischer. Alexa is a successful actress and media trainer who specializes in on camera presence.

The method was this - I was working on my latest course Recruitment Interviewing Made Easy and Alexa asked me to record a short video and let her see it. We then spent a hour on Skype where she was able to give me some great personal feedback and advice. Because of my presentation experience, much of the advice is on the more technical side of being on camera. This video shows a small part of my video and then contains Alexa' feedback.


After receiving the feedback from Alexa I was asked to re-shoot the video putting ideas from the feedback into practice. Alexa then provided me with further feedback.

There is still work to do, but hopefully you can see quite a difference in the videos.

Section 21: You've made it. Congratulations! and Thank You.

Thank you. Now it's time to put your learning and ideas into action.


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Instructor Biography

Richard Lock, People Development Professional, Business & Personal

International Management Trainer | Speaker | Facilitator | Business Coach helping organizations get the best from people and people to get the best from themselves.

Thank You - for checking out at my profile.

You're probably wondering why on earth you should take my online courses, or even work with me more directly.

Well, I've had the privilege to have been a learning and development professional for close to 30 years now. In that time I've worked with a very wide range of organisations and people from all walks of life, and many different countries and backgrounds.

My focus is on helping people learn skills, techniques and behaviours that will add practical value in their everyday lives. That's typically in their business and professional lives, yet often the skills and concepts are very applicable to more personal development outside of work. What matters to me is that the learning is not simply just theoretical, but practically applicable. Knowing stuff is good, but we get improved results and personal growth when we actually apply our learning and do something with it. That's where we really add value.

In support of this approach, I have a lot of experience to back it up. I have for 20 years held senior management positions in both public and private sector organisations. I have also run my own consultancy and people development businesses for almost 19 years working with many global brands in a variety of business sectors, family businesses, business start ups and individuals seeking to develop their own skills and abilities.

With all this experience and expertise I have come to realize that a great deal of successful business and people management comes down to effective communication. This may appear to be an obvious, straight forward insight, yet the day to day reality is frequently much more challenging. My favourite quote sums up this challenge nicely;

'the single biggest problem with communication is the illusion it is taking place'

George Bernard Shaw.

The ability to communicate clearly and effectively with people is so crucial to success in any endeavour. Whilst we say we understand that, most of us take communication for granted, and it is often a big mistake that leads to errors, misunderstandings, wasted effort, poor performance and even conflict.

Improving your communication and people management skills can be one of the best investments you'll ever make.

Don't take my word for it - here are what others have said about me:

His knowledge and passion for bringing learning to life is second to none and his detailed yet down-to-earth approach has always been well received. Operations Director

Richard really is a great trainer, he gives you confidence, you feel at ease... no need to stress out. Presentation Skills delegate

It is the best training that I have had in my professional life. Very engaged, makes the training really interesting, with the appropriate amount of theory and practice, Richard has a big knowledge. Communication Skills delegate

His unique approach puts him streets ahead of traditional trainers/facilitators in my opinion. Conference Speaker

He is very personable, has an in depth knowledge about how people and process work and has high integrity. General Manager

Richard worked with our senior managers providing individual coaching and group development over a period of 2-3 years. Richard was an inspiration and helped the IT leadership team to completely transform their approach and style. IT Director

I am very satisfied with the presentation training, I will definitely be able to use the experiences I gained in my everyday working or personal lifeRichard is a really positive, inspiring trainer. International Buyer

My primary areas of activity are:

·Presentation, Communication and Influencing and conflict

·Performance management and improvement

·Coaching, Training and Personal Development

·Employee Engagement

I am a qualified user of psychometric tests and a certified NLP Practitioner.

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