Designing Powerful Presentations


Stanford Continuing Studies

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How to Make an Impression with Present-Day Audiences

Research tells us that today’s audience increasingly relies on visuals, has a shorter attention span, and wants information delivery to be focused, efficient, relevant, and applicable. Presentations must also succeed in a face-to-face setting, a virtual webinar, or a combination of both. These developments call for an update to presentation techniques. Rather than defaulting to the slide templates and bullet lists of yesteryear, speakers must learn to harness the combined power of narrative structure and design in order to engage and influence their listeners. In this hands-on course, you will learn research-based strategies to help you prepare, design, and deliver fresh, impactful presentations.

You Will

  • Learn messaging and outlining strategies used by the most compelling storytellers.
  • Practice visual design principles that will resonate with your audience in both online and face-to-face settings.
  • Explore the complexities of how we learn, and discover how the use of color, typography, and space can play a critical role in helping audiences retain information.


Jenny Hopf, Director, Online and Professional Education, William James College

001 Academic Year 2019-20 Online, Canvas

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Dates:October 14 - November 15, 2019
Days: Mon
Delivery Option:
Online Course $365.00



(Required) Garr Reynolds, Presentation Zen: Simple ideas on presentation design and delivery, 2nd Edition (ISBN 978-0321811981)
(Recommended) Nancy Duarte, Slide:ology: The Art and Science of Great Presentations, 1st Edition (ISBN 978-0596522346)
(Recommended) Daniel Pink, A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future (ISBN 978-1594481710)

Refund Policy

Online courses have a new refund policy. The full tuition refund deadline for this course is October 17th at 5:00 pm (PT); 50% tuition refund deadline is October 22nd at 5:00 pm (PT).

This course may not currently be available to learners in some states and territories.