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Effective Presentations: Potential Energy
Course Description:

Potential Energy focuses not on what makes a good presentation, but on how to give one. It can help you identify your authentic style and will provide you with a set of practical tools with which to approach your next presentation.

If you type"Presentation Skills" into a search engine, you will find links to something in the region of 80 million pages. Begin to explore these pages, and you will discover a wealth of extremely good advice on the topics that can help make presentations better. These will probably include areas such as appropriate pace of speech, good eye contact, effective gestures and open body language. Whilst this may sound helpful, it is telling you what to do but not how to actually do it.

This is where Potential Energy is different: By exploring and exposing what we do intellectually, emotionally and physically when we communicate effectively in more familiar and less threatening situations, the course brings to life five fundamental principles of live communication. It illustrates in a practical way how we naturally and consistently fulfil them, suggests methods of transferring them and leaves attendees with four memorable and tangible concepts with which to approach presentations in the future; be it in the next day, month or year.

As an interactive seminar lasting three hours (Including one coffee break), it requires whole group participation and although no preparation is required, attendees should be prepared to speak to colleagues about their work for no longer than a minute as part of an exercise.

The aim of the course is to allow attendees the opportunity to explore, test and verify for themselves the extent to which they are already fully equipped to deliver outstanding presentations. Only then can they appraise for themselves the most effective ways in which they could present with greater impact, and decide to what extent they will make this a reality.

This session will cover:

  • The fundamental principles of presenting
  • The elements of outstanding presentations as distinct from competent ones
  • The exercises and activities which represent some of the component parts of presentations
  • Aspects of physicality, voice, stage awareness and visual aids.


By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Better understand your personal presenting style
  • Prepare yourself before presentations
  • Be in a position to approach presenting with greater confidence
  • Have a more pragmatic approach to presenting
Intended Audience:
All Researchers (Staff and Students)
Target Audience: UCL Research Staff and PG Research students only
27/04/2023 - 27/04/2023  (Enrol between 27/02/2023 and 20/04/2023) Enrol

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