University of Wisconsin–Madison

Presentation Skills

Course Description

Delivering a persuasive and effective presentation is important for leadership and career success. Leaders must be able to build and sustain motivation, communicate a vision and provide a clear direction to their followers and team members. This course reviews basic concepts and techniques related to professional presentations. It presents a variety of tools that will help participants become more effective in planning and delivering successful presentations.

Why should you attend?

  • Plan, organize and present core elements of a presentation
  • Understand the verbal and non-verbal aspects of delivering a presentation
  • Deliver at 5-minute presentation to your class peers


UW–Madison Faculty and Staff




Christina Stefonek, Learning and Talent Development, Office of Human Resources


This course is part of the Fully Prepared to Lead program.

“I’ve been presenting for over twenty years and I still learned something from this class. Having constructive feedback from a large group of people really helps you understand that different people see (and hear) different things, and they all need to be catered to.”
Tim, Instructional Staff, English/ Program in ESL,

“The Presentation Skills for Leaders class offered a combination of practical tactics and a supportive environment for practicing both prepared and spontaneous oral presentations. I walked away from the experience feeling a level of comfort with spontaneous presentations that I hadn’t anticipated, and a better understanding of the nuances of effective speaking techniques.”
Robyn, Department of Surgery, SMPH

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