Module 7 Briefing Sheet / Class of 2022

Presentation Skills

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The focus of this Module will be on learning how to develop a narrative for an effective presentation and how to tailor that presentation for the audience and the environment in which you are presenting (in-person, virtual or hybrid).



  • Prepare a 2-3 minute presentation about “a lesson that I’ve learned in life.” Your audience for the presentation will be other members of the class.
  • Before your next cohort meeting, deliberately observe the presentation skills of speakers at meetings that include hybrid, in-person, and all-virtual channels. Use a notebook with you to capture your experience.
    • How would you evaluate each speaker’s eye contact? Natural smile? Pace? Tone of voice? Volume? Ability to connect quickly with you? Hold your attention?
    • How would you evaluate the overall content of their presentations?
    • How did the virtual environment impact both the speaker and your ability to listen?
    • Today – now removed from the presentation(s) what do you recall? What lasting impression have they had on you?
  • Bring with you to your cohort meeting a past slide deck that you have used for a presentation. (If you don’t have one of your own, bring a deck from a presentation you attended.) Spend some time with your group looking at each other’s decks and talking about what stands out as effective and what challenges you see.


  • What is your current belief about yourself as a public speaker?
  • Why would someone go out of their way to hear you deliver a presentation?
  • What kind of feedback have you received recently about a presentation you have given?
  • How do you try to differentiate yourself as a speaker?

COHORT MEETING (Meet to discuss the following BEFORE Classroom Session)

  • Check in and share any additional learning from the previous session.
  • Share your observations of speakers at meetings and their impact on you.
  • Share your takeaways from the readings.


  • Learn the requisite non-verbal communication strategies that create positive connections
  • Learn how to develop your own narrative as a context for “Why”, “How,” and “What” you want to convey in your messages
  • Learn how to create engaging first impressions that get attention quickly
  • Learn how to craft a powerful close that creates a lasting impression
  • Practice delivering a short presentation with peer and instructor feedback
  • Consider the impact of the virtual and hybrid settings on presentations
  • Prepare for the final Module at which you will present a formal presentation to other members of the Class of 2022, members of the Board of Advisors, and other invited ACC NCR members.


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