November 04, 2019  —  December 01, 2019


Online - Course

Contact Hours



Class Description:  No matter what your topic or who your audience, all PowerPoint presentations share a common goal: to convey information in an interesting, engaging way so the audience understands and retains key messages. You have probably seen a bad PowerPoint  presentation – too many words, too many images, a presenter who simply ‘reads’ the slides – so what are the elements of a really terrific ppt presentation? And what are the pitfalls to avoid?

Join instructor, Walt Catlett for this lively online class and discussion forum that will change the way you think about public speaking and workplace presentations. Over a 4-week period, you will have the chance to build a professional presentation from the ground up, establishing a consistent visual theme using basic style rules (fonts, colors, images, design ideas). You will learn organizational tips to ensure your story develops in a logical, meaningful progression.  You will discover best-practices for developing memorable content as well as tips and tricks for delivering content in a personable, captivating style. By the end of the 4 weeks, you will have created a powerful presentation with the basic skills to deliver it effectively.

Each week, a new module will be released, including a recorded lecture, quiz, discussion forum and homework assignment. You will have 7 days to review the lecture and complete the weekly assignments. The instructor will be available by email and phone for questions and comments during the class and will be interacting with students through the weekly discussion forum. The 4-week class will take approximately 6-8 hours to complete over the 4-week period.


Module 1: Creating PowerPoint presentations

  1. Creating a Slide
    1. Getting Started
    2. New Presentation
    3. Design Templates
    4. Slide Design
    5. Slide Layout
  2. Adding Text
    1. Formatting
    2. Color
    3. Font Consistency
  3. Adding Pictures
  4. Adding Videos
  5. Creating a Master Slide

Module 2: Organization of a PowerPoint Presentation

  1. Seven Reasons for Delivering a Powerful Message
  2. Strategies for Organizing a Presentation
    1. Simple Structure
    2. Advanced Structure Option
    3. Additional Structure Considerations
  3. Techniques for Planning a Technical Presentation
  4. Presentation Alternatives/Messaging Scenarios
  5. Progress Report
  6. Strategy Recommendation
  7. Sales Pitch
  8. Decision Matrix
  9. Training

Module 3: Making an Impactful Presentation

  1. Treat your Audience as King
  2. Spread Ideas and Move People
  3. Help Them See What You are Saying
  4. Practice Design not Decoration
  5. Cultivate Healthy Relationships 

Module 4: Effective Techniques for Preparing/Delivering a PowerPoint Presentation

  1. How to Give a Killer Presentation
  2. Best Practices of an Effective Presenter
  3. Getting Ready for Your Presentation
    1. Equipment
    2. Facility
    3. Supplies
    4. Refreshments
    5. Handouts
  4. Ready, Set, Go!


Walter C. Catlett

Mr. Catlett is a registered engineer responsible for technical training of precast concrete products across the United States. He has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University and a Masters in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, PA.  His training focus remains on educating engineers, contractors/installers and inspectors on proper installation practices that provide strategic opportunities for public agencies. He remains an active member of the Arkansas Transportation Research Advisory Council, Virginia LTAP Advisory Board and a facilitator for several Local Technical Assistance Programs.  Mr. Catlett retired from the military in January of 2018 after completing 30 years of combined service in the United States Marine Corps and U.S. Army Reserve.

Who Should Attend

Anyone who wants to learn how to create a PowerPoint presentation, how to organize a presentation and the different ways to make a presentation effective should attend this class.

Registration and Payment

The following registration fees cover the session, all course materials and meals:

Local Government: $75
State/Federal: $125.00
Private Industry: $300.00

Click here for UVA TTA's general registration information, cancellation policy, and refund policy. UVA TTA accepts the following credit cards: American Express, VISA, MasterCard, and Discover. Credit card information cannot be taken over the phone. Alternatively, after registering you can print out a voucher to send in with your payment. After you have completed the transaction you will receive an automatically generated email confirming registration and payment if applicable. Final confirmation and instructions will be sent out during the week prior to the class date.

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