Presentation Skills Profile

Starter Kit for up to 5 Participants
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Speaking in front of others can be a confusing and even terrifying experience for many people. So how can you successfully train your participants, even those with no prior experience, to effectively prepare and deliver presentations?

The Presentation Skills Profile (PSP) self assessment takes the mystery out of designing and delivering high-impact presentations. Designed to ease the stress associated with public presentations, PSP analyzes how the respondent prepares and delivers presentations, provides for peer feedback on a specific presentation, and then offers a walk-through of preparation and delivery for future presentations.

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How It Works

The assessment presents 48 statements regarding preparation and delivery of presentations. In scoring the assessment, participants determine their overall presentation effectiveness score. In addition, participants create a self-profile showing strengths and areas of improvement (relating to the six questions of "The Presentation Skills Model"). Feedback forms submitted by peers provide data to create a second - or "feedback" - profile. Finally, participants complete worksheets for preparing and delivering a future presentation.

Uses and Application

Presentation Skills Profile is designed for use by anyone who is called upon to prepare and deliver presentations. Those who require their audience to agree with a conclusion and/or course of action will gain particular benefit by using the profile. The model upon which the instrument is based may be applied in the following types of presentations:
  • Sales presentations (including presentations that require audiences to make a decision)
  • Motivational speeches
  • Coaching and training sessions
  • Information briefings
  • Entertainment
This presentation skills self assessment can be used to evaluate a specific presentation, measuring progress in preparing and delivering presentations. As with all HRDQ tools, the assessment is effective when used alone or as the centerpiece of a workshop or longer program on presentation skills.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify and set presentation objectives
  • Discover how to analyze and involve the audience
  • Learn how to design and display effective visual aids
  • Practice staging presentations


The Presentation Skills Model at the center of the Presentation Skills Profile shows the influences of the relevant literature on presentation skills, including the work of Holcombe and Stein and others. The model contains the six presentation questions that help individuals turn lackluster presentations into engaging dialogues with their audiences.
Product Details

Facilitator guide includes:
  • Administrative guidelines
  • Sample training design
  • Theoretical background
  • The Presentation Skills Model
Participant guide includes:
  • 48-item assessment
  • Pressure-sensitive response form
  • The Presentation Skills Model
  • Diagram for creating self and feedback profiles
  • Interpretive information
  • Action planning (worksheets based on the six questions from the model)
Feedback Form includes:
  • 24-item version of the PSP (for evaluating a specific presentation)
  • Pressure-sensitive response form

Time Required
Scoring: 10 to 15 minutes
Discussion: 1 to 1.5 hours

What to Order

Order one facilitator guide per facilitator and one participant guide per participant and up to 10 feedback forms per participant.
Ian MacDonald is the director of HRDQ Central Europe, the Budapest-based distributor of HRDQ learning materials. In addition to his administrative responsibilities, he consults and trains with many of the region’s leading companies. Since 1992, he has tutored on behalf of the Open Business School (UK) in Hungary, helping hundreds of local students to obtain professional qualifications in business administration. He is also the director of the Foundation for Psychoeducation, which promotes progressive approaches for dealing with alcoholism. Ian has previously held positions with Alexander Proudfoot International PLC, an international management consulting firm, and with Shin-Etsu Handotai, the world’s largest manufacturer of silicon products. He is a member of the American Society for Training and Development and an associate member of the Institute of Personnel and Development (UK).