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The Presentation Workout

The Presentation Workout

The 10 tried-and-tested steps that will build your presenting skills

Kate Atkin

Jul 2015, Paperback, 224 pages
ISBN13: 9781292076690
ISBN10: 1292076690
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Arm yourself with everything you need to quickly become an expert presenter.

The Presentation Workout has been specially designed to help you perfect the art of presenting in any situation. Packed full of practical advice and easy-to-follow techniques, our 10-step improvement plan will show you how to enhance your skills and ensure you deliver a polished performance every time.

· Test yourself – Establish your strengths and weakness with our pre-workout assessment

· Follow the 10 Steps – Discover the skills that every presenter needs to succeed

· Take action – Learn how to build your new knowledge into your everyday performance

· Face your fears – Increase your confidence and confront the 10 most common presenting challenges

Start your presentation workout today and begin exercising your full potential.

"Absolutely perfect – full of hints and tips for every type of presentation."

Louise Bateman, Human Resources Director, Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution

"Brilliantly captures the tips, tools, strategies and techniques of how to become an accomplished presenter. A great read and it’s a book that I will be continually referring to!"

Andrew Richards, Group Managing Director, Linden Homes

"Easy to read and dip into as a lasting reference tool."

Lee Mortimer, Training Quality Manager, Capita Learning Services

About the author

Author's acknowledgements

Publisher's acknowledgements


Self-assessment questionnaire

PART 1 10 steps to present with style

Step 1 What is the purpose of your presentation?

Step 2 Understand your audience and connect with them

Step 3 Structure your presentation and craft your words

Step 4 Get the opening right

Step 5 Get your audience involved

Step 6 Use of visual aids, body language and dress codes

Step 7 Improve the clarity of your presentation

Step 8 How to handle questions

Step 9 How to deliver your presentation with confidence

Step 10 Close powerfully and review your presentation

Part 2 10 presenting skills in action

Skill 1 Presenting to sell a product

Skill 2 Presenting a concept or idea

Skill 3 Presenting to motivate and inspire

Skill 4 Presenting change

Skill 5 Presenting a team brief

Skill 6 Presenting a new project

Skill 7 Presenting at a meeting

Skill 8 Presenting on a conference call or webinar

Skill 9 Presenting data

Skill 10 Presenting in 5 minutes

Part 3 10 common presenting challenges

Challenge 1 How do I prepare with no time to prepare?

Challenge 2 How do I fit it all in, with little time available?

Challenge 3 How do I get people to listen and engage?

Challenge 4 How do I get people to take action?

Challenge 5 How do I manage interruptions?

Challenge 6 How do I manage difficult people?

Challenge 7 How do I deal with questions?

Challenge 8 How do I handle nerves?

Challenge 9 How do I remember what I want to say?

Challenge 10 How do I make a boring subject interesting?

Putting it into action: the mentor toolkit

How to work with a manager, mentor or colleague to put your new skills into action

Self-assessment questionnaire

Bibliography and further reading


Kate Atkin is an inspirational speaker, facilitator and author on Presentation Skills. Recognised as the Most Outstanding Trainer in JCI UK, Kate is also a World Debating Champion, number one Speech Evaluator in the UK and Ireland (2007) with Toastmasters International and European runner up in the JCI public speaking competition.

Kate holds a Master of Applied Positive Psychology degree and is a regular speaker on the mindset needed to generate flourishing and confidence. She works with companies and individuals who wish to bring about positive change.