Main Content

stage chair presentation spotlight

Presentation skills: improvers

Do you want to improve your skills, confidence and success rate when making those all-important presentations to clients and colleagues?

This mid-level, full-day workshop delivered by PREDDY&CO Partner and DBA Expert Shan Preddy, is for those already giving presentations in their role, and explores the knowledge, skills and practical techniques needed in order to make presentations really successful.

What’s involved?

You’ll be sent a short pre-training questionnaire to complete and return in advance, so that Shan can tailor the workshop to exactly what you’d like to get out of it.

The course is limited to 6 places per session to ensure a high level of tailored interaction.

On the day, you’ll each give a short, pre-prepared presentation which will be constructively critiqued. The areas in which you need to improve will be identified, and your strengths will be developed using techniques, guidelines and tips.

Video recording and playback will be used to deliver feedback and to accelerate your learning. The small size of the group (6 delegates) means each person gets a very high level of personal attention.

You’ll leave with the knowledge, skills and confidence to make immediate improvements to your presentations.

What will you learn about?
  • How to prepare a presentation.
  • Working to objectives and responses.
  • Structuring the content.
  • Using visual aids and equipment.
  • Using memory aids and notes.
  • Eye contact and body language.
  • Voice delivery and projection.
  • Nerves and what to do with them.
What will you leave with?
  • New knowledge and skills, plus increased confidence.
  • A personal critique of your own presentation style.
  • A full set of notes and templates.
  • A video of your own presentation for later reference.
  • An unlimited telephone and email helpline to Shan Preddy for any queries following the workshop.
Delegate feedback:

“I felt I learnt a lot in a short period of time in a relaxed and friendly environment – Shan was excellent. Thank you.” Jayne Homan, Director, Holman Design

I can’t wait to practice with all these useful tools!” Juliette Ezavin, Interior Designer, Lumsden Design

‘Shan is an inspiration! Extremely well structured, lots of fuel for thought.’ Lara Farnum, Director, Portland Design

‘Extremely valuable, helping me to develop as an individual and put into practice what I have learnt to help further my career.’ Lisa Hutton, Account Executive, The One Off

‘I really enjoyed the course. So helpful and practical – hearing feedback, learning simple and powerful ways to put it into practive, observing and analysing others. It will change the way I present, and the way I feel about presenting.’ Regine Stefan, Designer, Venturethree

About: Shan Preddy

PREDDY&CO specialises in training and consultancy for design firms and in-house design teams: all shapes and sizes, all design disciplines, worldwide. Their training programmes cover: presentations; conference speaking; credentials meetings and (no) pitches; profile raising; sales and persuasion; negotiation; networking; and client relationship management.

Their consultancy work is about business growth and development, focusing on vision-based marketing strategies. Shan is a popular speaker and chairperson at international design conferences, and an expert away day, ideation session and event facilitator. She delivers masterclasses, workshops and talks for design-sector associations and organisations across Europe; in the UK, the majority of these are done for the DBA, and take place regularly throughout the year. Shan’s professional memberships include the Marketing Society and the Institute of Directors.

She is an Elected Associate of D&AD, a Fellow of the RSA and a Founder Member of the DBA Experts’ Register. Her books ‘How to Market Design Consultancy Services’ and ‘How to Run a Successful Design Business’ have become international industry standards. Both are published by Gower with the UK Design Council’s endorsement.


Available as a full day in-house session for a group of 5. Prices per person:

  • Standard rate £675+vat (£810)
  • DBA members £540+vat (£648)

This workshop is limited to 5 attendees. 

To discuss availability, please contact us at or call 020 7251 9229.

All DBA events and training courses are subject to standard terms and conditions which can be read in full here.

Image credits: © Rottenman |


We use cookies to help improve our website. By continuing to use this website, you agree to our use of cookies.