How to Prepare and Deliver a Great Presentation

Today, members of my University Toastmasters Club Zahra N., Raman S., and I gave a workshop on preparing and delivering great presentations to volunteers of the Bridges Student Speakers Program at the University of Alberta. These students bring  their culture, experience and knowledge to the community and we were happy giving them tips and hands-on practice to improve their skills! We had a great time!

Here is below the Prezi slides which has some YouTube videos embedded that you play directly here. For the Movements and gestures part here are the videos played. I found inspiration and used some of the publicly available video material from the excellent Coursera course on Public Speaking, by Dr. Matt McGarrity. Thanks go too to our club’s member Gabi C. for recommending us the course!

Understanding Your Leadership Style

Toastmasters Advanced Communication Series. 
Public Relations. Project 1. The Goodwill Speech.


  • Prepare a talk that will build goodwill for your organization by supplying useful information of interest to the audience.
  • Favorably influence the audience by skillful and friendly delivery of your talk

Time: Five to seven minutes.


Each one of us is a leader. We may just have different leadership styles. This talk and exercise* will help you to identify your particular style.

*using material by Brenda Herchmer from Active Engaged Creative Communities (

Presentation Slides

Speech Evaluator Comments

  • The audience was curious about the topic
  • Use remote control to improve the flow
  • Watch out “pen in hand” when talking
  • Suggestions for a stronger opening
    • A YOU question: “What kind of leader are YOU?”
    • A story: “I had a boss whose leadership style was …”
  • Good energy, body language, eye contact and pace