Advanced Presentations Training: In-Class Course Design

Project Background: I was the training administrator for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) Global Intellectual Property Academy (GIPA), which was housed in the Office of Policy and International Affairs (OPIA). I was the only training professional in OPIA and had to rely on fifty attorneys as the subject matter experts. The OPIA attorneys gave training presentations to the public, legal groups, and international audiences. The Advanced Presentations Training (APT) program aimed to improve the attorneys’ delivery style and ability to create engaging PowerPoint presentations. I used the word “advanced” to emphasize the refined presentation techniques. 
Course Features: Each session was twenty minutes and had a mixture of short lectures, group activities, and hands-on experiential practice. The sessions were given as a stand-alone brown bag event, followed by a brief audience discussion. Alternatively, I would combine two or three sessions with one or two thirty-minute PowerPoint workshops. In the PowerPoint workshop, we would take a volunteer’s PowerPoint and improve it as a group.
Why Does This Course Work: The sessions were built on Gagne’s Nine Events of Instruction with a particular emphasis on connecting knowledge from the sessions to each other. Adult learners are more motivated by giving examples from their experiences, which I encouraged and incorporated into the sessions. I designed the session activities around the Kolb Experiential Learning Cycle so the participants could actively experiment with the concepts and then reflect upon what they learned.
My Role: I created the session designs, assembled the activities, delivered the content, and facilitated the sessions and workshops. I presented APT around twenty times in my time at GIPA.

The Advanced Presentations Sessions

1. Teaching the “Made to Stick” Framework for Creating Memorable Presentations.Use the Heath Brothers’ “Made to Stick” framework to create your presentations. At the end of the session, you will use these six concepts – simplicity, unexpectedness, concreteness, credibility, emotions, and stories – to design and deliver your presentations.
2. Create Engaging PowerPoint Slides Using the PARC (Proximity, Alignment, Repetition, and Contrast) FrameworkUse four fundamental graphic design principles (proximity, alignment, repetition, and contrast) to create compelling PowerPoint slides and other presentation materials.
3. Presenting from the Back of the Room: Facilitating Interactive PresentationsHow to incorporate interactive exercises during your presentations for greater audience engagement. You will learn how to use interactive exercises for in-person and virtual presentations.
4. Top Ten Tips for Effective Virtual PresentationsA complete planning process for designing and delivering virtual presentations. You will learn how to prepare objectives for your presentation, create effective slides, rehearse to build your confidence and handle the unique demands of the virtual presentation.
5. Designing Your Presentation Like a Ted TalkUsing lessons from the most popular and critically acclaimed Ted Talks, you will learn the key components of creating a presentation that effectively blends your content and visuals that will engage audiences. 
6. Quiet Leadership Presentation techniques for introverts that will give them the confidence to speak effectively and with authority.