(5) Presentation Skills for Heads and Senior Leaders (The Tower Hotel, London, 5 November 2019)

This course is for:
Heads, aspiring Heads, and all those in schools who are required to make speeches and presentations.


Course overview: this one day session focuses on how to deliver effective, well-planned and structured presentations; the course will cover:

  • Delegates’ own communication style to enable us to communicate with greater understanding to the audience we are presenting to
  • creating a credible and confident first impression by looking at body language, tone and pace of voice and general personal projection
  • ensuring that we deliver clear messages that engage and ‘land’ with our audience
  • methods to help plan and structure each presentation to keep on track and focused
  • a couple of techniques to help overcome nerves and ‘stage-fright’
  • an Introduction to Reflective Diaries to encourage continuous improvement in our presentation skills

    09:45 - 10:00

    Arrival, registration and coffee

    10:00 – 10:15

    Welcome, introduction and objectives for the day:
    Preparing, practising and giving a presentation

    10:15 – 11:15

    Session 1: Understanding your audience
    Paper exercise to look at and raise awareness of accommodating different communication styles by understanding your own preferred style

    11:15 – 11:30


    11:30 – 12:00

    Session 2: Creating a positive first impression
    Body language, building rapport and positive personal projection (introduction to the ‘bridge’ model)

    12:00 – 1:00

    Session 3: Structuring the presentation

    • Defining the purpose
    • Gathering content and ideas (consider presentation aids)
    • Structure the content (tell them what you are going to tell them, tell them, tell them what you’ve told them!)
    • Develop how to present it (incorporating communication and learning styles)
    • Handling questions
    • Plan and practise (understanding the concentration curve)

    1:00 – 1:45


    1:45 – 2:30

    Session 4: Giving the presentation – preparation session
    Prepare in pairs- delivering individually

    2:30 – 4:00

    Session 5: Delivering presentations and group feedback (With working tea)

    4:00 – 4:15

    Session 6: Reflective diaries for personal on-going assessment    

    4:15 – 4:30

    Questions and close