by Ian McDonald

Available in both Online and Paper-Based Format

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) 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.

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 6 Presentation Questions that help individuals turn lackluster presentations into engaging dialogues with their audiences.

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 6 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 for the Presentation Skills Profile

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

Presentation Skills Profile can be used to evaluate a specific presentation, measuring progress in preparing and delivering presentations. This assessment is effective when used alone or as the centerpiece of a workshop or longer programme on presentation skills. 

What to Order/Product Contents

Order one Facilitator Guide per facilitator and one Participant Guide per participant and up to 10 Feedback Forms per participant.

Facilitator Guide includes:

  • Administrative guidelines
  • Sample training design
  • Theoretical background
  • The Presentation Skills Model
  • Overhead transparency masters
  • Reproducible masters (overhead transparency masters and activity handouts including case studies)

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 6 questions from the model)

Feedback Form includes:

  • 24-item version of the PSP (for evaluating a specific presentation)
  • Pressure-sensitive response form