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
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
Also see the classroom version of this assessment.