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Presentation Skills for Success

Learn how to present confidently, concisely, and clearly. Yes, it is a skill that can be learned!
person at podium giving a presentation to a small audience


March 11 - May 13

There is no class on April 1.

Time: 5:30 - 7 p.m.
Location: University of Montana campus
James E. Todd Building
Hours of Instruction: 13.5
Course Fee: $499
Registration: Registration is now closed
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Course Description:

Presentation Skills for Success provides participants with the techniques and practice necessary to confidently deliver memorable, successful presentations.

The course is organized around three central components. "The Preparation" emphasizes body language, vocal delivery, and how to create rapport with an audience. "The Speech" examines how to write notable speeches and use rhetorical techniques to strengthen points. "The Unexpected" focuses on handling questions after your speech, as well as managing stress and nerves.

Presentation Skills for Success is conducted in a workshop style, providing ample time for participants to practice presentation skills and to draft impromptu speeches. Preparing to be active; breathing exercises, vocal warm-ups, relaxation techniques, and partner and group activities are the building blocks of this course.

Learning Outcomes:

Participants will gain practical skills used to improve speeches, presentations, and general public speaking, as well as audience awareness and relaxation techniques.

Topics to be covered:

  • Component I - "The Preparation": Body Language, Voice & Delivery, Creating Rapport
  • Component II - "The Speech": How to Start, Structuring a Speech, Rhetorical Techniques, Exploiting Visual Aids
  • Component III - "The Unexpected": Handling Questions, Managing Stress & Nerves

Full Syllabus

About the Instructor:

Demetra Rivard is a professional theatre and movement instructor. She began performing at the age of nine at Grandstreet Theatre in Helena, Montana. She has been a vocal coach to international learners, writers, and business professionals since 2008. Demetra completed a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree in Creative Writing-Nonfiction at Emerson College in May 2013.

  • School of Extended & Lifelong Learning
  • The University of Montana
  • 32 Campus Drive
  • Missoula, MT  59812
  • Phone: (406) 243-2900
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