Strategic Presentation Skills


Units: 6


Strategic Presentation Skills provides practical instruction for preparing and delivering professional presentations. Activities and assignments include: analyzing audience members, writing outlines, creating cohesive visuals, and speaking extemporaneously. Students target and engage specific audiences using a communication style suitable for workplace environments. Overall, the course helps students develop confidence and apply effective techniques when speaking in a public setting.   

Learning Outcomes:

COURSE OBJECTIVES (using Bloom’s revised taxonomy)

Students will be able to...

Remember:      Identify elements requisite for effective presentations: message effectiveness (e.g., strong introduction, smooth transitions, logical flow, closure), verbal skills (e.g., pace, clarity, filler words), and nonverbal skills (e.g., gestures, eye contact, posture).

Understand:    Compare/contrast effective and ineffective presentations based on rubric elements.

Apply:             Adapt the message to the perspectives of various stakeholders through written and oral communications. 

Analyze:          Analyze recorded presentations (e.g., impromptu speeches, briefings, webinars) and write reflections.

Evaluate:         Provide feedback to peers and complete self-evaluations.

Create:            Produce effective presentations for a variety of academic and professional contexts.