Presentation Skills Training

Jarrad Asquith
Kaitlyn Loft

By Jarrad Asquith, Faciliator, and Kaitlyn Loft, Learning Designer,
24 June 2024

Thinka’s ‘Land Presentations’ Workshop

Most of us are in awe of those people who can land presentations every time. They know how to hold a room; injecting it with presence and charisma. While we might think that presenting is a ‘natural talent’, it isn’t. Persistence and practice is what makes a great presenter, and anyone can build these skills (even introverts).

What teams will explore

  • Tone, language and effective structuring
  • The four speaker personas and their uses
  • Physiological responses when you’re nervous
  • Who is my audience and why do they care?
  • When it goes wrong: recovery strategies

What teams will apply

  • Conscious structuring and language choices
  • An ability to flex your speaker style
  • Strategies for ‘deer in the headlights’ moments
  • Empathy mapping your audience
  • An ability to ‘bounce back’ and move on
Workshop Skill

When thinking about levelling up your presentation skills, there are a few things to consider. To deliver a successful presentation, the presenter needs to be able to engage, inform and capture their audience.

The content needs to be engaging, but for a presentation to really resonate, the presenter must also work on tone of voice, body language and reading the audience. Truly understanding who you’re speaking to can make all the difference.

Know your style and keep sharpening your presentation skills

While it might not seem achievable for the introverted among us, effective presenting can be learned. A great place to start, or for leaders to upskill, is to know your preferred ‘speaker persona’ and how you can flex between different personas for different audiences.

Learn more about Thinka’s four speaker personas in this quick 3-minute video or read on for more details.

Confident Leader

Focussing on solutions and results, the confident leader offers definite statements to get buy-in from the audience and communicates with utter clarity.

Key Traits: Energy and certainty
Best Suits: Innovators and trailblazers
Works Well: When setting the pace on projects, influencing an audience or communicating your vision


This persona is a warm, conversational style that inspires the audience and engages them in discovery. The storyteller paints a picture and focusses on an exchange of ideas.

Key Traits: Inspiration and curiosity
Best Suits: Creatives and collaborators
Works Well: When working together on ideas and communicating in out-of-the-box ways

Trusted Advisor

When presenting as a trusted advisor, information is credible and delivered as ‘sound advice’. These presenters can synthesise information and present it in ways that the audience can easily grasp.

Key Traits: Credibility and trust
Best Suits: Deep thinkers and detail-oriented individuals
Works Well: When complex information needs to be delivered or there are a lot of moving pieces

Good Friend

The good friend presents with authenticity. The aim of presenting with this persona is to build a connection and a deep relationship with the audience.

Key Traits: Sincerity and connection
Best Suits: A “people person” or someone who doesn’t want to be ‘centre of attention’
Works Well: For presentations that benefit from interaction

Workshop Purpose

The purpose of this workshop is to help employees land professional presentations and adapt their communication style so they can have more influence. Presentation skills are essential for employees to engage with stakeholders and present a clear and confident message. Effective presentation skills help employees overcome nerves, present a point of view, and collaborate successfully. When employees can give engaging presentations, they have more opportunity to positively impact outcomes.

Working with organisations across Australia, we know that communication is the #1 skill sought after by leaders and teams. Here are some reasons why presentation skills are essential to modern workplaces:

  1. Increased connectivity: Because virtual meetings are increasing for many corporate employees, presentation skills will become essential to improve meeting effectiveness. Presentation skills training gives employees an edge in getting their point of view across succinctly, so outcomes can be achieved and ‘Zoom fatigue’ is minimised.
  2. Rise of ‘human skills’: More and more, organisations are helping employees develop both technical skills and soft skills to help navigate this hybrid working environment. Employees who can express themselves with ease and clarity, both face to face and online, will become increasingly valuable to organisations.
  3. Technology and rise of AI: Advancements in technology and the way we work will automate more manual work, changing job roles and what organisations consider valuable. Employees with highly developed presentation skills, who can present their key messages with clarity, will become increasingly desirable.
  4. Complex world of work: Living in a ‘VUCA’ (volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous) environment means that employees will need to navigate more complex conversations. Presentation skills help employees get to outcomes quicker, as they can present a clear case and give each other supportive feedback.
  5. Increased collaboration: Corporate teams now expect a higher level of collaboration between its members. Great presentation skills, positive body language and effective use of tools like Zoom, PowerPoint and visual aids will lead to better team and project outcomes.

Overall, skills in public speaking can help employees navigate a world of work where communication is the key to success. With Presentation Skills Training, coaching sessions, and support from peers, employees can put across key messages more confidently and have more impact in the workplace.

If you want to learn more on delivering engaging presentations, see our article on ‘What are presentation skills?’ that talks you through Thinka’s four presentation styles.

Workshop Benefits

With the help of Presentation Skills Training, skills that learners can put in place to enhance performance include:

  1. Communication: Employees who are confident presenters are better able to articulate their ideas, collaborate with others and influence stakeholders. Employees with well-developed presentation skills use an appropriate tone and volume, positive body language, and engaging presentation techniques. 
  2. Self-assurance: New situations, projects and ever-changing work environments call for good presentation skills to help employees ask for what they need. Effective presenters are better equipped to articulate their requirements, identify problems to solve, and confidently put forward solutions for consideration. 
  3. Relationship management: Employees who can present clear and confident messages are better able to maintain healthy relationships with others. Employees who apply presentation skills to interactions by engaging in positive body language and making eye contact, are more likely to be heard and respected by others. 
  4. Influence: Employees who can pitch ideas and land business presentations set themselves up for success when looking for buy-in from others. When employees know how to prepare for meetings, navigate feelings of nervousness or uncertainty, and stay firm on their message, they are more likely to get the commitment they’re looking for. 
  5. Leadership preparation: When employees can apply effective communication skills and presentation skills, they increase the likelihood of being promoted into a more senior or leadership position. This gives them greater control over their career journey and helps them access more opportunities.

By uplifting presentation skills as part of their professional development, employees can have greater influence in situations and on stakeholders to achieve successful outcomes.

Workshop FAQs

What is Presentation Skills Training?

Our Presentation Skills Training workshop is specifically designed for employees to boost self-esteem and develop skills in effective communication and presenting. This short course’s learning outcomes aim to provide participants with the strategies, tools and resources to apply their learning. Our experienced facilitators have worked with many Australian workplaces on presentation skills and will share case studies and stories to help your learners.

Why should my organisation offer Presentation Skills Training?

Being part of Presentation Skills Training can help employees become more confident, leading to greater job satisfaction. It can also help participants to break through barriers that might otherwise hold them back from stepping into public speaking situations. The course content is designed so employees can safely learn from each other in small groups, to see how they might support each other to present with confidence.

Who can attend Presentation Skills Training?

Presentation skills training is designed for both leaders and teams. The skills we focus on encourages clear and straightforward communication that helps them convey ideas with confidence. However, this training can be easily customised for executive audiences to help them improve executive presence and have greater impact.

Is Presentation Skills Training only available in person?

We deliver a lot of workshops across Melbourne and Sydney and Presentation Skills Training can be delivered in an in-person, virtual or hybrid format; depending on the organisation’s set-up. It is typically made up of strategies, discussions and a series of activities to support on the job application.

The training can be complemented with coaching sessions with a Thinka coach. Coaching plays an important role in challenging old behaviours and building fresh confidence and capability in each of the participants. If participants are leaders, they might also want to do our Train the Trainer ‘Facilitation Skills for Leaders’ course as well.

We have also delivered this training as a series of webinars and in online courses, for businesses who are hybrid and dispersed across geographical areas.

Workshop Case Study

Noisy Beast, Presentation Skills Training Course


1. What was the objective?

Noisy Beast wanted to inspire confidence in their team members to present, pitch and collaborate effectively.

2. How did we do it?

We got to know the participants via short videos submitted as part of pre-work. In these videos, they detailed what they wanted to work on, their fears, and their thoughts on effective presenting. We considered these thoughts when designing the workshop to make sure we addressed commonly-experienced fears and offered practical strategies for using body language and voice effectively.

We also facilitated activities around storytelling and constructing verbal information in logical, audience-friendly ways. We focused both on the way we speak and the importance of what we speak. The workshops were a mix of information, practical activities, group work and useful takeaway references for participants to come back to in the ‘real world’.

3. How was it integrated and what were the results?

As a result of this presentation skills training course, team members understood that presentation skills are learned and with this knowledge, are more willing to see their growth as a process. Armed with practical strategies, they can confidently face fears and build presentations that are lively, interesting, and meaningful.

A highlight for me was the quote: "First impressions are important, last impressions last”. It’s inspired me to adopt the right persona at the right time.

Land Presentations participant, H&H Global

Workshop Outline

Delivery Options

In Person Workshop

Virtual Workshop

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Key Outcomes

1. Team members who can use structure, tone and language effectively.

2. Team members who can maximise their default ‘speaker persona’.

3. Team members who can apply strategies to manage nerves and fears.

4. Team members who can read and empathise with their audience.

5. Team members who can keep it together when things go wrong.

Target Audience


Learning Approach

Experiential and application based learning

Workshops to pair me with:

Master Communication

Teams who can communicate are stronger, braver and more capable.

Communication Training for Teams

Enhance Collaboration

It’s about a team’s ability to work together, explore problems and find solutions.

Build Skills in Collaboration

Our in-person workshops maximise opportunities for robust conversation, experiential activities and intensive group work. This is no ‘death by PowerPoint’ experience – our facilitators are skilled in presenting and leading immersive experiences that get the most out of people. Supported by multimedia, attractive takeaway pages and practical strategies for using back on the job – our in-person workshops build a formidable bridge between exploration and application. We have a 10 person minimum for an in person workshop.
Our virtual workshops breathe fresh life into the online experience with their almost ‘radio show’ feel. Our expert facilitators use a combination of multimedia, questioning techniques and break out activities to target micro-skills – with a focus on application. Supported by an online platform hosting custom-built workshop materials, participants can be assured of a lively, dynamic session that has a distinct bias to action. We have a 6 person minimum for a virtual workshop.
This audience includes team members who are developing skills to perform their role with greater capability. The skills are geared toward increasing personal and professional effectiveness and are transferable across different contexts – making them last as they move through their career development journey.
This audience includes ‘middle management’ leaders who support team members in capability building. The skills are geared toward increasing leadership effectiveness and driving performance in team members in modern work contexts. These skills are flexible and built to grow with individuals as they evolve in their leadership journeys.
Thinka believes that every learner needs to walk away being able to do something differently once they’ve engaged in a learning solution. The real power is in every individual applying their learning. Our behaviour-based methods, supported by the latest research, are key to making the steps for change relevant and realistic.

Thinka supports with methods like storytelling, experiential activities or rich questioning, but ultimately, we know the integration between solution and real world is the most crucial part of the learning experience. That is why we look for ways to ‘build a bridge’ between the solution we provide and what happens back out on the job.

Whether it’s an application template, a set of strategies, some tips or a ‘how to’ model – we work hard to provide every learner with not just information but the tools they need to make a real difference.