Mastering Successful Presentations: Skills for Influencing Outcomes™

In today’s complex business environment, the ability to deliver a persuasive presentation to internal or external audiences has become a fundamental requirement. Presenters need to craft the right message for their audience, stay alert to reactions, effectively address questions, and persuasively make their point. Are your key contributors able to present with confidence and poise? Do they know how to successfully engage their audiences at that critical moment of influence?

Mastering Successful Presentations: Skills for Influencing Outcomes™ is a hands-on, results-oriented workshop that will have an immediate impact on participants’ ability to effectively influence and persuade any audience. This opportunity to further develop and refine presentation skills centers on five sections: Preparation, Developing Content, Improving Delivery Skills, Incorporating Visual Aids, and Managing Q&A.

This hands-on workshop engages participants in learning the key fundamentals necessary for an effective, persuasive presentation, while at the same time building a presentation that reflects their own style and addresses the needs of their audience.

Program Outcomes

Mastering Successful Presentations helps participants develop and deliver clear, concise, compelling presentations that will have an immediate impact on their ability to effectively influence any audience. Participants are better prepared for important presentations and more routine communication.

Learning Approach

Mastering Successful Presentations is a powerful, practice-rich program that has participants prepare for and deliver a video-recorded presentation to apply and demonstrate the core teachings. The program adapts to the style of each participant to optimize natural talents and eliminate unconscious distracting behaviors.

Wilson Learning believes that learning must be transferred to day-to-day work practices. To achieve this, Mastering Successful Presentations focuses heavily on application, feedback, and practice in order to provide real skill development. This program includes activities that enhance participant readiness, learning transfer, and organizational alignment.

Participant Readiness prepares participants for the overall learning experience:

  • Pre-work includes reflecting on their presentation strengths and improvement opportunities, and identifying a presentation to work on during the workshop.

Learning Transfer design embeds practice and use of new skills:

  • Includes skill practice delivering effective presentations, handling difficult questions, managing “self-talk” that can interfere with presentations, and using visual aids.
  • Provides a tool to help plan and deliver presentations.

The learning can be flexibly delivered as a:

  • Two-day, face-to-face, application-oriented workshop.
  • Modular workshop and can be configured to meet your specific needs.

The face-to-face workshop is taught by a Wilson Learning facilitator.

Organizational Alignment ensures the organization supports the use of the new skills:

  • Post-learning reinforcement activities are available for the participant.

As a result of this integrated approach, participants will continue to apply the skills and tools learned long after the learning event is completed.

Enabling Improved Performance

Mastering Successful Presentations includes various performance application, reinforcement, and support tools, such as planning tools, checklists, and feedback on recorded practice presentations. These tools ensure that participants can hone newly acquired skills and behaviors upon returning to work. Involving managers and/or peer support groups early on, and training them to coach for improved performance, is also important for successful program implementation.

To discover how we ensure learning is reinforced and applied for improved performance, read more about our Learning Journeys.


Organizations that implement Mastering Successful Presentations have access to measurement tools to assess and guide participants’ progress. Performance evaluation forms are provided and can be used in preparation for major presentations and again as a debrief tool to measure progress.

Wilson Learning will partner with your organization to measure the initial behavioral changes and business results. We will work with you to set up evaluation systems that help improve outcomes and sustain the momentum of your implementation.

To learn more about measuring the impact of learning, visit Measurement.