Effective Presentation Skills

Dates & Costs

June 27 - 28
9:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
June 29
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

$2,000 (regular tuition)
$1,700 (before May 16)
$1,700 (McCourt School alumni)
$1,500 (McCourt School students)

Target Audience

This course is ideal for ambitious political actors, managers, and executives who are ready to take their presentation skills to the next level. If you plan to speak in public (and you should!), this course is right for you.

Course Description

Many leaders in Washington seem to have a magical ability to deliver powerful presentations—whether in a convention hall or at a town hall. But these leaders rarely create this “magic” on their own. They work with a cadre of communication professionals who teach them how to develop effective presentations and choreograph memorable moments. In this workshop, we will go “inside” the art of public speaking and experiment with some of these same techniques. Through interactive exercises and small-group activities, participants will learn how to deliver compelling presentations that captivate their listeners and motivate them to take action.

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By the end of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Project confidence in front of an audience
  • Speak with clarity and conviction
  • Use language skillfully
  • Deliver effective presentations


Dr. Steven D. Cohen is a leading expert on public speaking and effective presentation skills. He is an accomplished scholar and dynamic trainer who has brought research-based insights to clients in a wide range of industries. Dr. Cohen is well known for helping leaders and professionals speak with confidence and improve their communication skills in real time. He has been quoted in publications such as the Financial Times, Slate, and The Baltimore Sun and was featured in the BBC Radio 4 documentary, “Churchill’s Secret Cabinet.” Dr. Cohen holds faculty appointments at the Harvard Division of Continuing Education, the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, and the University of Baltimore.

Dr. Cohen is the author of two books, "Public Speaking: The Path to Success" and "Lessons from the Podium: Public Speaking as a Leadership Art." He is also the editor of "On the Path to Success: Readings and Resources," a collection of thought-provoking articles on the art of developing and delivering powerful presentations. Prior to his academic career, Dr. Cohen was an assistant vice president and team leader at Bank of America and later became a senior strategy consultant at IBM Global Business Services. He earned a Ph.D. in communication from the University of Maryland, a Master in Public Policy from Harvard University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, summa cum laude, from the University of Florida.


Students who complete this course will earn 1.5 continuing education units

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