Here are some Presentation Skills & Tips to use when creating and delivering a presentation or you can download a template:

Creating Presentations (also known as 'Decks')

  • Most companies will have corporate templates that you should use as a basis for your presentation.

  • The Cover Page of the presentation/deck should include the Title, Author, Date and Version. The Title should be prominently placed in the middle of the slide. The Author, Date and Version can be placed in a less prominent position.

  • In the Footer consider if you need to add the data classification i.e. Internal Use Only. Most firms will have formal guidelines to follow.








  • Try and keep the number of slides to 6 or less if you are not delivering a training course that needs lots of material. If you have additional slides that you feel your audience will find interesting, then include them in an Addendum but don't present them.

  • Make use of a slide's Header and Footer:

  • Don't put too much content on each slide or too many bullet points. It is best to expand on slide content as you present it. This makes the slide easier to read and also shows that you know what you are presenting and not just reading it parrot fashion.

Delivering Presentations To Your Audience

  • Whether you are delivering a presentation in a meeting room or over the network, ensure you arrive at least 15 minutes before your audience so you can setup and test your presentation. On numerous occasions we have experienced, either as the presenter or audience member, a problem with the AV equipment, which can then take most of the meeting time to fix. This invariably ends up with the presenter looking very flustered and the presentation being rushed. This does not work for anyone!

  • If you have to provide handouts, ensure you have them printed and stapled and ready to distribute. Ideally, you will have arrived early and had time to place a copy at each seating position. However, be aware of the sensitivity of the presentation contents as company policy may dictate that you cannot let attendees leave with the material, in which case you should not provide any paper or digital copies. 

  • When you are ready to start your presentation thank everyone for attending and then introduce yourself with a brief explanation of your role and what you will be presenting and why. In some cases you will need to go around the attendees and they will also introduce themselves. However, don't let this take too long!

  • If you have a mixture of people attending in person and via a phone/conference call you should announce when you move to another slide and be aware that they cannot see what is on the screen.

  • Smile, engage with your audience and try and spend as much time as possible talking to them and not to the screen! You don't have to stick to every word on each slide. It is much more natural if you introduce a slide topic and then talk about the content using your own words.

  • When you have concluded your presentation, now is the time to ask if anyone has any questions. You can also ask for feedback after each slide.

  • Before closing the meeting you should agree any follow-up actions and again, thank the audience for attending.