Presentation Skills Training

The Executive Presenter

This mastery-level executive presentation training builds the skills and self-awareness leaders need to project executive presence and communicate clearly. The engagement ends with a high-stakes team presentation delivered to executives and other leaders from your organization. This training can be incorporated into an existing leadership development program.

Experience Level



Duration: 3+ days
Maximum Enrollment: 6
Instructors: 2
Location: Client site or virtual

Degree of Coaching

High: 360 assessment and coaching occur prior to the workshop and continues following every in-class exercise

Intended For

Leadership Teams

The Executive Presenter

Strengthening executive presence through better communication

This multi-touch program is delivered in five steps:

  1. 360 Assessment & Coaching: Leaders participate in the Bates Executive Presence Index (ExPI), a 360 assessment. The assessment provides leaders with an in-depth analysis of their ability to influence business outcomes. During the two-step coaching process, perceptions of important stakeholders – peers, direct reports, and managers – are compared with the leader’s self-perceptions in order to identify strengths, needs, and gaps. Through this process, which is based on the work of Suzanne Bates, author of All the Leader You Can Be: The Science of Achieving Extraordinary Executive Presence, leaders develop a strong conceptual understanding of what Executive Presence is and how it shows up through their communication during meetings and presentations.
  2. Pre-work: Leaders complete an online self-assessment and attend a live webinar that lays the foundation they will need to be successful in this program.
  3. Workshop: During the instructor-led class, leaders continue to examine their executive presence and apply the principles of The Orderly Conversation to their own real-life presentations. Taught by two instructors, this workshop uses video-recorded exercises and private instructor-led video review to help participants gain awareness of how they are perceived by the people they lead.
  4. Capstone Presentation to Executives: After the workshop, leaders are assigned to a team and asked to solve a real-world challenge your organization is facing. The team is instructed to find a solution, which is then presented to a group of your executives. Afterward they will receive feedback from the executives and their coach.
  5. Virtual Coaching: The final step in the program is a private coaching session that leaders may schedule with their coach when the need arises.

Leaders in this program sharpen baseline skills such as

  • Engaging listeners in a fruitful conversation
  • Framing presentations to set context and provide a reason for others to participate
  • Managing nervousness
  • Being clear and concise
  • Being appropriately persuasive
  • Using visuals effectively
  • Thinking on their feet
  • Facilitating fruitful interactions with others

Leaders also work on advanced situations and learn to

  • Assess 15 facets of their executive presence and grow self-awareness of it
  • Recognize when and how to flex their communication style to improve how others perceive them
  • Influence others through storytelling
  • Nurture relationships with others through effective and efficient communication
  • Present as a member of an executive team

After the workshop, leaders work privately with a coach to help them:

  • Hone their skills further
  • Apply what they’ve learned to other high-stakes situations

NOTE: Trainers and Coaches assigned to this engagement hold the Bates ExPI™ (Executive Presence Index) Coaching Certification.

Attendees receive a copy of

Communication Training Yields Business Results

We believe that business communication training must focus on business results: making work easier, employees more successful, workplaces more cooperative, and goals more attainable.

Getting Business Done and Growing Leadership Capability: Everything we do is designed to help people get business done and grow their capabilities. While a particular workshop may focus on a specific business goal—closing a deal, making a decision, learning something new, or gaining alignment—every workshop is designed to help the participants be more comfortable, effective, and confident communicators. When employees communicate more effectively, leadership capability increases, and careers advance. This brings positive results to your team and company.

Private Coaching and Video Review: Capturing learners on video as they work on their real-life content, which is followed by private video playback and coaching, is an essential element to this training. It helps workshop participants understand their natural strengths (and weaknesses). As they grow their self-awareness, they can apply what they learn in class to the variety of situations they face outside of it.

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Workshop Tailoring

During the tailoring process, Turpin modifies the workshop to meet the specific needs of the business and each individual attending the training.

Blended Learning

We believe in a blended learning approach. eCoach is how we do it.

Online Pre-work

Participants complete a Bates ExPI 360 assessment and an online needs assessment and prepare the presentation they’ll work on in class.

Skill Reinforcement

After the engagement, participants have access to a host of job aids and tools to help them apply what they learn to situations they face outside the training room.

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