Course Description

Welcome to the new normal of presenting - virtual presentations!  Zoom, Teams, WebEx, Collaborate, Jira, and other online communication tools are here to stay.  Being able to communicate effectively in the online environment has become an essential skill almost overnight. You may already be comfortable presenting in person, but the online environment is different. 

You may have had some experience with virtual presentations already, so a few questions:

  1. Are you comfortable presenting or participating in meetings with the video turned on?
  2. Do you project your most relaxed, prepared, and confident self?
  3. Do you convey meaning that resonates with your audience, rather than just words that they hear?
  4. Do you prepare and screen-share visuals and other content to their best advantage?

If the answer to any of these questions is "no," this is the course for you.

Whether you present project updates or webinars, and whether you present to one person or one thousand, this course can help you find the sweet spot. Join us and join the new normal for presentations and general communication.

Course Outline

  1. Let’s Get Started!

  • Meet fellow learners

  • Identify key elements that must be managed to create a positive impression in a virtual environment

  • Explain the relationship between the three components of communication

  • Align the presentation purpose, mode, and title with audience needs

  1. Choose and Structure What Must be Said

  • Describe the principles of sound presentation structure

  • Create a presentation body aligned with its purpose and audience

  • Create an exciting beginning and a powerful ending

  1. Create Memorable Slides that Enhance Your Message

  • The Modern Slide Deck

  • Effective Slide Imagery and Layout

  • Arranging and presenting quantitative and technical Data

  • Locate free image resources

  1. Create Personal Presence

  • Own the Virtual Space

  • Use eye contact and facial expression to create connection and confidence

  • Use posture, gestures and movement to support your message

  • Manage vocal pace, silence, pitch, and tone to enhance clarity, interest, and emphasis

  1. Add ‘Impact Moments’ then Present

  • Use props, experiences, and surprise to create  “Impact Moments!”

  • Transition smoothly between ideas

  • Manage presentation technology

  • Get organized – before, during, and after the presentation

  • Identify strategies for managing nervousness

  • Deliver a 5- minute virtual presentation

  1. Leading Q & A Sessions with Composure and Confidence

  • Identify lessons learned regarding online presenting

  • Discuss the importance, common mistakes, and best practices of Q & A sessions

  • Identify challenging types of questions, and effective responses

  • Respond to challenging questions with poise and composure

  • Closure

What You Will Learn

  • Customize your presentation to the purpose and audience;

  • Inspire the audience’s confidence in you through managing the presentation structure, your voice, your visual self, visual aids, and presentation software;

  • Explain technical or numerical information to a non-technical audience;

  • Create and use effective visual aids suited to an online environment;

  • Reduce reliance on written notes;

  • Feel more confident and relaxed when presenting;

  • Engage and persuade your audience;

  • Lead effective Question & Answer (Q&A) sessions;

You will receive valuable personal feedback from the instructor and other participants at every step of the way.



Angela Scammell (B.Sc., M. Adult Ed, CHRP, Lean Six Sigma Black Belt), assists people and processes to perform effectively through business process improvement, group facilitation, customized training, change management, organization design and alignment, and performance management.

Angela has 30 years’ experience designing and facilitating organization development initiatives and training in private, public, consulting, and academic organizations.  She has managed the Organization Development and Training functions in both a national airline and a provincial government, and has built longstanding relationships with clients as a private consultant.

As a General Electric- trained Six Sigma Black Belt, she has significant project management experience and a suite of skills in business process improvement, qualitative and quantitative research and analysis.  She is a certified project Change Acceleration Process (CAP) coach, and is a certified facilitator of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (Steps I and II), and Master Instructor for several national and international training organizations.  Angela teaches the Lean Six Sigma Green Belt program at Dalhousie University, and also teaches in Dalhousie’s Quality Management Certificate program.

As a facilitator, Angela is known for connecting with participants, asking the right questions, gaining participation, keeping agendas focused, and for her good humour and positive energy.


Required Textbook

There is a required textbook for this course:

Duarte, N. (2012). HBR Guide to Persuasive Presentations. Boston, MA:  Harvard Business Review Press, available through Amazon.

Recommended For

This workshop is for anyone who wishes to make compelling, confidence-inspiring online presentations, regardless of the topic.  New and experienced presenters alike will deepen their skills; the degree of challenge and support will be personally customized to each participant based on pre-course communication with the instructor.               

A note to the nervous: please join us!  We’ll help you expand your skills and your comfort zone in a positive group environment.

Applies Towards the Following Certificates


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Section Title
Virtual Presentations for the New Normal
1:00PM to 2:30PM
Nov 12, 2020 to Dec 17, 2020
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
  • Online Campus
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Fee non-credit $995.00
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