Online course in Business & Management

What Makes an Effective Presentation?

Explore the key elements of a successful presentation and how to give an effective presentation in a business environment.

  • Duration 2 weeks
  • Weekly study 3 hours
  • Learn Free
  • Extra benefits From $69 Find out more
This course is part of the program English Business Presentation Skills, which is one of the building blocks that leads to a degree in BA in International Business (Top Up). Find out more.

Learn how to design and deliver a strong presentation

Presentations can be a powerful tool for sharing ideas and sparking conversation, but what makes a good presentation great?

On this course, you will have the opportunity to discuss the features of an effective presentation and investigate how to design and develop your own presentation.

You will explore effective presentation techniques to help you evaluate and improve your presentation skills. You will also have the opportunity to deliver a mini presentation and receive feedback from your peers.

What topics will you cover?

  • Delivering effective presentations
  • Presenting in practice
  • How to deal with nerves

When would you like to start?

Most FutureLearn courses run multiple times. Every run of a course has a set start date but you can join it and work through it after it starts. Find out more

  • Available now
    This course started 16 Sep 2019

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Discuss the features of a great presentation
  • Explore the understanding of how to design and develop presentations 
  • Develop techniques to improve your presentation skills 
  • Evaluate a variety of techniques and strategies for presentations 
  • Perform a mini-presentation 
  • Assess the presentations of your peers

Who is the course for?

This course is for anyone interested in developing their presentation skills in business.

Who will you learn with?

Andrew Preshous

Andrew Preshous

I am a Senior Lecturer in Academic English. I teach academic writing and presentation skills on the International Business top-up degree programme.

Zahra Shaygan

Zahra Shaygan

I am a Lecturer in Strategy and Leadership, Faculty of Business & Law, Coventry University. (AFHEA & SEDA). I am on my last year of PhD in Business, HRM at Birmingham City University.

Who developed the course?

Coventry secured gold in the UK Government’s 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and is University of the Year for Student Experience in The Times & The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.

Join this course

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  • Access to this course for 4 weeks


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  • Access to this course for as long as it’s on FutureLearn
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  • The flexibility to complete your choice of short courses in your own time within the year
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Available until 31 October 2019. T&Cs apply.

Advance your career with a degree

What's different about this course?

Since 2017 you have been able to take a degree on FutureLearn. This free course is a bit like a starter course for a degree — it should give you a flavour of the degree subject but can also be your first step towards a degree qualification.

If you enjoy this course you can apply to join the program it’s part of to start working towards a degree on FutureLearn.

Don’t worry, you can still take the course without doing a full degree!

How do degrees work on FutureLearn?

Do the free course
Join and complete the program
Get academic credit for an online degree from Coventry University

Which program and degree is this course part of?

This course is part of the program English Business Presentation Skills, which is one of the building blocks that leads to a degree in BA in International Business (Top Up).