Presentation – Rise to the Challenge © (in English)

Everyday communication in a foreign language usually doesn’t present any problems for people working in an international environment. It is different if complex negotiations have to be resolved with a customer, an idea sold to a colleague/collaboration partner or a presentation made in front of a large audience. Then the skill of creating an accurate message and arguing convincingly is decisive, and the foreign language often becomes a particular challenge. 

How can you get people to listen and understand precisely what you have said? How can a story be made interesting and persuasive?

We offer intensive, practical training for those who need to present and sell ideas in the English Language. It has been created for a small group of participants (8 – 10) which ensures an individual approach. In the activities, we invite participants to work with their individual presentation/message, strengthening arguments and searching for the best and most convincing way of presentation.

Aim of the course:  To develop the skills of presentation in a convincing the manner and justifying your position.


  • A more purposeful communication with clients, colleagues, employees;
  • Greater self-confidence;
  • More polished articulation.

Duration: 2 days, 12 hours.

Working method: Brief lectures, practical tasks individually and in small groups.  During the practical activities, participants will have the opportunity to find out the strong side in their argumentation and presentation style and improve their weaker side.

Presentations by participants will be filmed. At the conclusion of the course, participants will be given their personal video recording.

Target audience: Managers, project managers, sales specialists who work in an international environment (with knowledge of the English language).


1. Architecture of presentation: How to sell your ideas:

  • Lecture: the reasons for speaking: what effect goals and the target audience have on the structure of the presentation;
  • How to start and finish – and how not to;
  • Practical work: how to create attractive reports. Formula for creating reports on the offers of or solutions by your business;
  • Practical work: brief presentation by the participants on a theme important to them;
  • How to develop your main message briefly and to the point;
  • How to stir the audience;
  • Practical training: participants present their arguments.

2. Selling an idea during a conversation with one or several partners:

  • Brief lecture: decisive factors of success: visual, vocal, and verbal (with an emphasis on the visual);
  • Participants come with their homework done: key points of the conversation;
  • Practical work: improvement of key points;
  • What is the hook? What makes the listener remember you? How to find quotes and similes?
  • Video training: practice session: conversation modelling; corrections by teacher.

3. Selling your idea to a large audience:

  • Exercises for posture, voice, and diction; for stress reduction;
  • Participants come with homework: first three minutes of addressing a large audience;
  • Arguments are sharpened;
  • Intensive video training: presentation.

4. Special challenges – PowerPoint and difficult questions:

  • Lecture on PowerPoint presentations: successes and failures;
  • Changes in participants' PowerPoint presentations, based on the formulae of rhetoric;
  • Video training: PowerPoint – how to speak effectively using PowerPoint;
  • Lecture on techniques to be used when the audience asks difficult questions;
  • Video training: hot chair – participants are trained to spontaneously use convincing arguments.

5. Summary. Participant receives printed material and a personal video recording.

 TRIVIUMS training centre, Blaumaņa 11/13 - 12, IV, Riga

Participation fees include handouts, coffee breaks and lunch.

For company training, the programme can be adapted for the specifics and needs of the company.

  • Main conclusions from the training or 3 things you will definitely use from now on:

    • Body language, structured content, exercises.
    • Correct body language. Structure of talk. Answers to difficult questions.
    • Exercises. Thinking before answering questions without any rush. Use of PP.
    • Before the presentation, warm up physically and prepare for talk; pay attention to body language, speaking volume, and eye contact. 
    • Individual advice of the teacher. Body language – an important part of the talk. Hooking the audience.
    • Body language is of crucial importance. Before the presentation, prepare carefully. It is possible to fight and overcame the fear of presentation. 
    • Structure of presentation. Body language. Training.
    • Self-control, exercises, experience of others.
    • Public is of principal importance. Less is more. Personal attitude.
    • Breathing, formulating the thought using "boxes"; continuing to perfect presentation skills.

    What did you like best in this seminar?

    • The presenter’s individual, but indiscernible, attitude toward each course participant tailored to the respective individual’s knowledge and skills. 
    • A clearly defined structure to follow, about the activities to come. The presenter’s professionalism, plus the examples and their suitability. Practical activities. A relaxed atmosphere.
    • A very energetic, constructive presenter. A really big +. I enjoyed the many video examples. That there was theory added to the many practical activities was very positive.
    • The intensity and complexity. This wasn’t a boring theoretical course, but practical and intensive instead, with constant activities and no down-time. 
    • That everything was very well organized; I was really surprised by how much can be learned in two days, how one’s outlook and view about a person can change just by how they talk. There was a lot of practice and an opportunity to do exercises. 
    • The opportunity to get practice through the activities and receive Krista’s evaluation, analysis and suggestions, as well as the opportunity to enrich one’s own experience through the experience, skills and attitudes of the other participants.
    • A personalized approach and a lot of practice materials for us to retain.
    • Handout materials. I really liked the presenter. The two days went by unnoticed. 
    • The different situations we found ourselves in. The varied group of participants.  A very nice teacher.
    • Krista's comments are extremely valuable.
    • Suggestions for improvement; criticism that was not offensive but stimulating. 
    • The manner of conducting the course and also the fact that we stuck to schedule.
    • The style of teaching, trials in front of the camera, nice group, receptive cameraman.
    • Professional knowledge of the teacher and filming.
    • Did not get tired and could always follow.

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