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Impactful presentations


Making presentations at conferences, meetings with peers and public engagement events is part and parcel of university life. But doing so can be daunting, even though you know your subject matter inside out. Why? Because you are the focus of attention, you have to connect with unfamiliar audiences and so much rests on the quality of your performance.

This lively and involving course is a chance to explore practical communication techniques for delivering compelling presentations with clarity and confidence. 



You do not have to prepare anything new for this course. However, if possible, please bring along a presentation, on any subject, that you have given in the past. You are welcome to use PowerPoint, but are under no obligation to do so. If you do wish to use PowerPoint, please bring your slides on a USB stick.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this session, you will have a fuller understanding of:

  • managing nerves
  • confident delivery
  • vocal and physical presence
  • authority and authenticity
  • gaining and holding an audience’s attention
  • responding effectively to questions

This course supports your development in line with the UCL Core Behaviours Framework.

Intended audience

This course is open to all staff.