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Speaking in front of others can be an intimidating or scary experience for many people. So how can you successfully train your participants – even those with no prior experience – to prepare and deliver presentations effectively?

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.

The online version of this assessment requires a subscription to the HRDQ Online Assessment Center.

How It Works

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.

The assessment presents 48 statements regarding the 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 assessments for preparing and delivering a future presentation.

Uses and Applications

Presentation Skills Profile was designed for 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 particularly benefit from using the profile. Its self-assessment can be used to evaluate a specific presentation, measuring progress in preparing and delivering presentations.

As with most HRDQ tools, the Presentation Skills Profile is effective when used alone or as the centerpiece of a workshop or longer program on presentation skills. The model upon which the assessment 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

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this assessment, participants will be able to:

  • 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

Product Details

Product Type: Self-assessment. The Facilitator Guide serves as an in-depth workbook, designed to help trainers swiftly administer the assessment.

Target Audience: Any organizational member who is required to prepare and deliver presentations.

Measures: The strengths in preparing and delivering presentations and how participants make plans to improve their ability based on what they have learned.

Dimensions: Peer feedback, communication, and presenting skills.

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

What to Order

Facilitator Guide: Order One Guide Per Trainer.

This detailed, step-by-step guide for planning and delivering a powerful learning experience gives you everything you need to facilitate a full-day workshop, including background information, assessment instructions, scripts, discussion questions, activities, a USB drive containing a PowerPoint presentation, poster, samples of the assessment, and Observer Form. Facilitator support materials will be available to you as a digital download link in your order confirmation.

Paper Assessment 5-Pack: Order One Pack for Up to Five Participants.

The print version is ideal for facilitators who prefer to oversee scoring and administration of the assessment if you don't know who the participants will be before the class begins, or if your learners do not have easy access to computers. It includes pressure-sensitive forms for scoring to aid manual tabulation.

Observer Form 5-Pack: Provide at Least Three Forms Per Individual (Recommended).

The Observer Form is designed to check the accuracy of a coach’s perception, by allowing the coach to see how their peers perceive their style.

Online Assessment: Order One Per Participant.

The online assessment is administered to participants through the HRDQ Assessment Center and includes personalized reporting, full-color charts, interpretive information, worksheets, and action planning. A detailed report is delivered electronically to the facilitator/administrator when complete.

About the Authors

Ian MacDonald leads various management education programs at the International Business School and ESSCA School of Management in Budapest, Hungary. He is also a Senior Consultant with Human Telex Consulting, the Budapest-based distributor of HRDQ learning materials. Ian has previously held positions with Alexander Proudfoot International, an international management consulting firm, and with Shin-Etsu Handotai, the world’s largest manufacturer of semiconductor materials. He is currently completing a Ph.D. in Communication at Eötvös Loránd University.