List of Presentation Skills

List of Presentation Skills for Resumes, Cover Letters and Interviews

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What are presentation skills and why are they important to employers? Presentation skills, when referenced within an employment context, can be defined as the process of presenting content orally to a group. This process encompasses all phases of preparation, delivery, and follow-up. 

When presentation skills are a job requirement, employers will want to know that you have the ability to present information to an audience effectively and confidently.

During job interviews, you may be asked to share examples of your presentation skills or conduct a presentation so the company representatives can see you in action. When that’s the case, you may be assigned a topic to present or will be able to create your own presentation.

Be prepared to share examples of your skills with prospective employers. Here’s a list of examples for each step of the presentation process.

Examples of Presentation Skills 

Preparation

  • Researching the latest techniques for smoking cessation to prepare a seminar for health professionals.
  • Assessing the needs of an audience of salespeople for information on closing strategies.
  • Surveying members of a division to determine preferences for an IT seminar.
  • Creating PowerPoint slides for a presentation to the Advisory Board about developments at a non-profit agency.
  • Devising charts and graphs depicting sales trends for the quarter in advance of a presentation to the management team.
  • Tailoring language and examples towards an audience of police officers for a presentation on stress management.
  • Breaking up a presentation into parts of reasonable length.
  • Using statistics effectively to persuade an audience.
  • Incorporating concrete examples and stories to illustrate points and maintain audience attention.
  • Preparing handouts or digital references so the audience isn't preoccupied with note taking.
  • Promoting presentations effectively to generate an appropriate audience.

Delivery

  • Delivering an attention-grabbing opening for a talk.
  • Providing a summary of what will be covered to introduce a presentation and provide context.
  • Pausing to emphasize key points.
  • Modulating vocal tone for emphasis.
  • Articulating clearly and smoothly.
  • Interjecting humor.
  • Speaking with enthusiasm and animation.
  • Projecting confidence.
  • Summarizing key points at the conclusion.
  • Fielding questions to clarify points.

Follow Up

  • Creating an evaluation form to solicit feedback from attendees.
  • Interpreting feedback from evaluations and modifying content and or delivery for future presentations.
  • Organizing a database of attendees for future presentations.
  • Interviewing key attendees to gain additional feedback.
  • Emailing presentation slides to attendees.

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