High-Impact Presentations

Learn how to execute important presentations, then practice your delivery in self-paced and live remote VR scenarios.

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Course overview

Online with VR

Cost: $680

60 lessons

Live Training in VR

10+ VR scenarios


What you will learn

How to build confidence in highly pressured environments

How to leave your audience with a message that really resonates

How to deliver presentations in different scenarios and settings

Deliver important presentations more effectively

High-stakes presentations require more than just basic presentation skills. They require professional-level delivery techniques and the confidence to deliver at the highest level in any business setting.

In this practical course, you'll learn by taking the focus away from what you present and instead on how you present.

Learn with tutorial videos, practice in virtual reality, succeed

You'll learn how to build confidence in highly pressured environments, how to open and close presentations convincingly, interact with a natural and composed demeanour, project confidence and enthusiasm, and how to leave your audience with a message that really resonates.

Who should take this course?

If you're preparing for high-stakes presentations, such as presenting to senior executives, updating important clients on a project, pitching for a large contract, or speaking at high-profile engagements, then this is the course for you.

Online learning, done differently

You'll learn through our unique teaching approach. Learn in a more traditional way with online classes, and then you'll be prompted at certain points to practice what you've learnt in VR.

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Learn with tutorial classes

You’ll complete a series of videos, quizzes, slideshows and case studies through our online platform - available to access at any time.

VirtualSpeech app running on an Oculus Go

Practice in VR with a trainer

Practice what you learn in custom built VR scenarios specific to this course. Delivering a high-impact presentation is just like any other skill - you need to practice to improve.

VirtualSpeech's learn, practice, improve loop

Improve with live feedback

Practice in VR with other learners and trainers in the same virtual room. Receive feedback from these participants, as well as through our AI feedback system.

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Topics covered

  • Open and close presentations convincingly
  • Design memorable message points
  • Using your breath to reduce nerves
  • Summarising your presentation at the start
  • Keeping the audience interested
  • Using your voice to influence and inspire
  • The importance of structure and clear objectives
  • Connecting with the audience
  • Employing visual slides and help convey your message
  • Developing confident body language
  • Fundamental presentation skills training techniques
  • Communicate with clarity and conviction
  • Rehearsing for your presentations
  • Simplify complex ideas and technical information
  • Crafting a story
  • Asking for feedback and building on it
  • Maintain control during the Q&A

Course curriculum

  • Overview of the high-stakes presentations course and our VR app. We explain where to download the app and how VR can help you practice your presentations.
  • Course guide and resources
  • Welcome to the course
  • VR and the VirtualSpeech app
  • Many of us feel anxious when giving important presentations. This section provides anxiety management techniques and methods to reduce your nerves before the big presentation.
  • Anxiety management techniques
  • Example: Nervous presenters
  • VR Preparation: Prepare a conference presentation
  • VR Training: Presenting in a TEDx styled theatre
  • Cognitive reframing techniques
  • Audience based anxiety
  • Quiz: Anxiety management
  • A clear presentation structure helps your audience follow along more easily. Learn how to prepare your structure, start and end a presentation, include statistics and more.
  • Why structure is important
  • Monroe’s motivated sequence
  • Analysing your audience
  • Be in service of your audience
  • How to start a presentation
  • VR Preparation: Presenting to senior executives
  • VR Training: Practice your presentation intro
  • Example: Good and bad introductions
  • Exercise: List the goals for your next presentation
  • How to end a presentation
  • When used effectively, nonverbal presence helps keep your audience interested in your presentation. This section covers tips for improving your body language and eye contact, which you can then practice in VR.
  • 8 elements of confident body language
  • Importance of eye contact
  • Example: Poor body language
  • VR Training: Improve your eye contact
  • Quiz: Body language
  • Speaking rate, pauses, volume and pitch have a great impact on your presentation. This section covers how you should deliver your content, with examples from well-known speakers.
  • Average speaking rate for a presentation
  • Example: Good speaking pace
  • Exercises to warm up your voice
  • Your vocal toolbox
  • Example: Vocal range
  • Using pauses in your presentation
  • Are you telling a story? Giving an elevator pitch? Presenting while seated? This section explains important delivery techniques, including best practices for designing slides and using transitions.
  • First impressions and credibility
  • Tell a story with your presentation
  • Example: Great storytelling from Jack Ma
  • The art of the graceful recovery
  • Presenting while seated
  • VR Training: Lecture hall presentation
  • Best practices for designing slides
  • Transitions: words and phrases to use
  • High-impact product demonstration
  • Practice your presentation skills in high-stakes VR scenarios. A trainer will be in the same virtual room, providing feedback and asking questions.
  • How to present to senior executives
  • Presenting last minute
  • Pitching to investors
  • Updating important clients on a project
  • Pitching for a large contract
  • Speaking at high-profile engagements
  • The Q&A session at the end of your presentation plays an important role in delivering your message. Learn how to handle difficult questions and then practice thinking on your feet with our VR scenario.
  • Guide for handling questions after a presentatione
  • Handling difficult or hostile questions
  • Example: Answering tough questions at a press conference
  • VR Training: Impromptu presentations
  • Exercise: Write down possible audience questions

VR Training: Live remote as well as self-paced training

Live remote training

Meet inside VR scenarios with a VirtualSpeech trainer for 30-45 minute sessions. Practice your presentation skills in a range of scenarios, getting feedback on your performance from the trainer, who can also ask questions at the end of the presentation for a more challenging practice session. Learn more about live training

Pick any of the VR scenarios below to practice in with our trainer.

You'll receive 1.5 hours of live training, split into 3 x 30 minute sessions. If you choose, one of your sessions can be with other course participants, who can provide additional feedback and pressure while practicing.

Self-paced training

Practice in our VR scenarios at your own pace, where you can load in your own slides, receive feedback on your performance from our AI system, and much more.

Additional VR rooms for general practice

You'll also have access to these general training rooms, which you can practice presentation skills in at any point during the course. You'll find many useful features inside them, from speech analysis to listenability scores on your delivery.

Your instructor for the live remote training

Julian Mayhew

Julian Mayhew

Julian has a vast range of soft skill and system based training experience. He is CIPD qualified and uses full-cycle training methodology to design and deliver effective interventions. Julian has successfully run the 'High-Impact Presentations' course to various global clients.

Having worked for the British government overseas, he is familiar working with diverse participants in an international environment and fluent in English, Spanish and French.


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Hours in VR training


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Improve faster with our VR features

Our app is full of useful features to help you grow your skills.

Add presentation slides

Add your presentation slides

Practice public speaking with your own slides in the virtual room with you.

Voice analysis in VR

Presentation analysis

Receive instant feedback on your eye contact, pace, filler words and more.

See our App Guide for more information on features within our VR app.

Need a VR headset?

A headset is required to use the VR training. Our live training currently runs on the Oculus Go and Oculus Quest headsets. You'll need one of these two headsets to use the live training part of the course.

VR headsets Oculus Go

What do I get?

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