Introduction to Presentation Skills

Presentation Skills is not confined to standing on the stage and presenting/marketing an idea. It is more than that as such, you will be learning the basic skills of presenting an idea or product.

In this lesson, you will be introduced to the course overview for the coming 15 weeks and the basic introduction to presentation skills.

Have fun!

Course Overview

Welcome Note

It's Lights, Camera, Action time, everyone!

Just a note of encouragement as you embark on this exciting journey of oral and visual presentation...

The content and activities for this course have been designed for a blended approach. Besides the face-to-face workshop, there are online and offline tasks to be completed in the coming weeks (throughout the semester)... 

Throughout this course, feel free to drop me a line or ten via an email, call (the office), Trello and/or look for me if you have concerns, or if you've hit a glitch while trying other methods of presenting:

Email: [email protected]

Without further ado, let's dive straight into...

Presentation skills

Course Overview

Course Introduction

This course focuses on how to present information clearly and effectively in an attempt to get your message or opinion across and, today, presentation skills are required in almost every field.

In addition to that, you will be guided on how to deliver an inspirational or captivating presentation that may require a lot of preparation and work, and with practice, you may not even need PowerPoint at all!

It comprises the following TWO (2) parts:

  • PART 1: a step-by-step guide into making an effective presentation.
  • PART 2: a guide in communicating and presenting in various situations.

*You are required to apply what you have learnt in the course in your final presentation. You are to reflect on your experience and what you have learned in the Blog section and submit it weekly.

Recommended Student Learning Time:

Day 1 of the Week

    • Read and understand the lecture slides
    • Lecture notes be available every Monday.
    • Read through them and answer some to the simple questions provided to see if you understand the topic well.
    • Take a pen and paper and write down questions for things you don't understand or would like to know more.

Day 3 (Every Wednesday)Face-to-face class lecture

Day 6

    • Complete class activity
    • Complete blog reflection

Day 7  Take rest

What does "Presentation Skills" mean?

Base on the information provided, which of the following describes the word "Presentation"?

Presentation [noun]

From Oxford Dictionary

  1. [mass noun] The giving of something to someone, especially as part of a formal ceremony.

    ‘the presentation of certificates to new members’
    [count noun] ‘the Lord Lieutenant made the presentations’
  2. A speech or talk in which a new product, idea, or piece of work is shown and explained to an audience.

    a sales presentation’
  3. Medicine The position of a fetus in relation to the cervix at the time of delivery.
    ‘breech presentation’


  1. awarding, presenting, giving, handing over, dispensing, handing out, conferral, bestowal, granting, donation, award, according, extending, entrusting, furnishing

  2. demonstration, talk, lecture, address, speech, show, exhibition, display, introduction, launch, launching, unveiling, parading

  • Presentation can be a presenting a present to someone meaning giving a gift from one person to another
  • Presentation is a form or method of selling an idea or a product to a group of people.
  • Presentation is not just a presentation of an item but a presentation of yourself as a person (looks and dressing).
  • Presentation can only be done as an individual. Presentations are never conducted as a group.
You may choose more than one answers for this question.

Verbal and Visual Presentation

A well-planned Presentation is broken into two (2) parts:

  • Verbal Presentation
  • Visual Presentation

Verbal Presentation

Also known as, verbal communication refers to the use of sound and words to express yourself. This also involves the use of hand gestures, voice projection and body postures throughout a presentation.

Key Elements in a Verbal Presentation

  1. Communication (verbal & non-verbal)
  2. Listening Skills
  3. Clarification

1. Communication

There are two modes of communication:

  • Verbal
  • Non-verbal


Verbal communication consists:

  • Oral Communication
    • Conversations, speeches, debates, video conferences.
  • Written Communication
    • Anything that is written or typed.


The use of hand gestures, facial expressions, eye contact and speech intonation.

2. Listening Skills

Listening is not the same as Hearing and hearing is not the same as listening -Pauline Oliveros

Not only is good listening applicable to our daily lives, it help in receiving and understanding the communicated message. Listening is an active process.

3. Clarification

The purpose of clarification is to:

  • Ensure that the listener's understanding of what the speaker has said is correct, reducing misunderstanding.
  • Reassure the speaker that the listener is genuinely interested in them and is attempting to understand what they are saying.

Some examples of non-directive clarification-seeking questions are:

  • “I'm not quite sure I understand what you are saying.”
  • “I don't feel clear about the main issue here.”
  • “When you said ........ what did you mean?”
  • “Could you repeat ...?”

Clarifying involves:

  • Non-judgmental questioning.
  • Summarizing and seeking feedback as to its accuracy.

Guidelines for Clarifying

Clarification is the skill we use to ensure that we have understood the message of the speaker in an interpersonal exchange. When using clarification follow these guidelines to help aid communication and understanding.

  • Admit if you are unsure about what the speaker means.
  • Ask for repetition.
  • State what the speaker has said as you understand it, and check whether this is what they really said.
  • Ask for specific examples.
  • Use open, non-directive questions - if appropriate.
  • Ask if you have got it right and be prepared to be corrected.

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Visual Presentation

Here is where you capture the audiences' eyes as visual presentation refers to the use of photos, infographs, highlighted key words and even short video sequences. Creativity with a touch of simplicity.

The uses of Visual Presentation

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Quick Review on the lesson

  • Exhibiting food or is also a form of presenting.
  • There is one type of presentation.
  • The use of video sequences falls under verbal presentation.
  • Asking questions is part of the listeners' way of getting clarification.
Answer the following statements. True or False?