University of Derby

Virtual Presentation Skills Training

Located in the heart of England, University of Derby has built on the region’s heritage of innovation to provide industry-relevant, expert teaching, from foundation and undergraduate degrees through to postgraduate study and research.

Rated Gold in the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF), their academic strength is backed up by practical experience to ensure students are ready for a successful career.

They want everyone to receive the high-quality education students deserve, regardless of age, background or location. They were named University of the Year at the UK Social Mobility Awards 2020 and Higher Education Institution of the Year at the 2020 NEON (National Education Opportunities Network) Awards. And they have won the Guardian University Award 2020 for Social and Community Impact.


Since March 2020 many people working for the University have been required to work remotely and communicate virtually. Professional communication is necessary to project the University’s brand values and those of each individual.


The specific need was for each person to review their virtual presentation skills and explore ways to improve their approach.


We designed a three hour virtual training session for eight participants.

The agenda included:

  • Challenges of presenting virtually and how to address some of these challenges.
  • The importance of Voice in presenting virtually. How to get the best from your voice.
  • Ideas on how to improve your Video, including lighting, postitioning, body language and eye contact.
  • Slide design and content to keep people’s attention in the virtual world.
  • How to get and keep people engaged in virtual presentations.


The session was a lively debate of ideas and thier application. Time was allocated to practicing the ideas introduced and discussing their application.

Each person left with a number of actions to put into their day to day work.

Participant Feedback

“I really enjoyed this, I wish I had it earlier.”

“Kept the audience engaged throughout.”

“Great practical tips and great to work in an open group.”

“Getting the chance to practice and critique others was really useful.”

“Great tips for improvement.”

Client Comment

Martin designed communications development which was professionally delivered, well received and really met our requirements. Thank you so much.

Perie Cordner, Organisation and People Development, University of Derby