Engaging PowerPoint Presentations

We have all been there. We have attended conferences with one ‘death-by-PowerPoint’ presentation after another and wondered if there was another way. The good news is that there is. There are techniques to use the strength of PowerPoint (visual reinforcement) without making it a bland reading of bullet points.

This course does not teach PowerPoint features, but instead how to use your slides in a more engaging way so that your presentation is memorable and effective.

Course Dates:

13th May 2019 ( spaces available )

Course Length: 1 Day

Course Costs:

Standard Price: £295 (+VAT)

Charity: <15 Staff : £95 (+VAT)

Charity: 16-30 Staff: £125 (+VAT)

Charity: 31+ Staff: £180 (+VAT)

Public Sector: £295 (+VAT)

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Course Location

Happy HQ, 3rd Floor, 9 Alie Street, London E1 8DE

What You Will Learn

In particular you will be able to:

  • Identify the common characteristic of good and bad presentations
  • Break free from restrictive use of PowerPoint
  • Identify why bullet points get in the way of effective presentations
  • Simplify your presentation to make it more effective
  • Use techniques, like 30-20-10 and the rule of 10, that clarify your slides
  • Recognise the importance of audience involvement
  • Use questions to stimulate audience reaction
  • Be confident in creating involvement
  • Use story telling to increase the appeal to the audience
  • Take old presentations and transform them to be to be simpler and clearer

Please note that this course does not teach PowerPoint features, but instead how to use your slides in a more engaging way so that your presentation is memorable and effective. If you would like to learn how to use PowerPoint, please take a look at our range of PowerPoint training courses. If you would like to learn how to deliver a better presentation, please see our Effective Presentation Skills workshop.

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The course will run from 10am to 4:30pm (hot buffet lunch 1pm to 1:45pm). Please be careful to arrive by 9.45am for registration and refreshments. The course will start precisely on time and it may not be possible to go back over material missed by late arrivals. If you arrive over 30 minutes late you may be asked to leave and attend another day.

Please ensure you read our Terms and Conditions before booking for our payment terms and cancellation policy.


We want everyone to go away from our courses feeling as though they have learnt useful, practical skills that they can use straight away when they go back to work.

If you don’t feel that your training has been useful or if you are unhappy in any way, please just get in touch with our Customer Services team within 30 days of the course. We will be happy to offer you additional support and training free of charge to help you to gain the skills you need, or if you’d prefer, a full refund.

Your Course Trainers

Henry Stewart

Henry Stewart

Henry Stewart is founder and Chief Happiness Officer of London-based training business Happy Ltd. Happy was rated one of the top 20 workplaces in the UK for 5 successive years and now helps other organisations create happy workplaces. In 2011 Henry was listed in the Guru Radar of the Thinkers 50 list of the most influential business thinkers in the world. "He is one of the thinkers who we believe will shape the future of business", explained list compiler Stuart Crainer. His book, The Happy Manifesto, was published by Kogan Page in January 2013.

Sarah Edwards

Sarah Edwards

Sarah has been freelancing for over 20 years. She has excellent communication skills and high levels of both integrity and empathy which makes her an extremely effective trainer, facilitator, and coach. Sarah is Belbin accredited, an NLP Practitioner and a TPMA and City and Guilds Assessor. She uses these skills to specialise in organisation transformation and team building. She is also a confident public speaker, and regularly presents at conferences.

Dez Veares

Dez Veares

With over fifteen years of facilitation, training and coaching experience in the private, public and voluntary sectors, Dez specialises in communication and change. Dez holds the ILM Level 7 in Coaching & Mentoring, and the Human Technics Advanced Certification in Executive Coaching. With a professional acting background, Dez also supports senior staff with presentations and effective use of the voice.

He splits his time between facilitation, coaching and living life. Dez is the Deputy Chair of Governors for his local primary school, plays violin in a string quartet, sings jazz, and makes time to regularly disappear on mindfulness retreats.