Powerful presentations: Motivating an audience to action

Due to the changing situation relating to the response to the coronavirus (COVID-19), this workshop has been deferred. The health and wellbeing of participants, faculty and staff is paramount, as such we have come to this decision based on publicly available information relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, and its potential implications for participants, faculty and staff. All registered participants will be contacted and a new date for the deferred program will be communicated in due course. Applications and expressions of interest will remain open and we encourage interested participants to fill out a form via the button below as we intend to reschedule once the impacts of the situation have passed. If you have any queries, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Are you keen to develop the ability to deliver cut-through messages that convince people to act as a highly prized attribute? This workshop will help you improve your ability to make things happen.

In this one-day course, Dr Zina O’Leary will share the best practice communication and presentation strategies to help you to motivate an audience to action. The program involves discussion, small group work, and individual practice in developing and delivering presentations. 

You will learn the importance of understanding audience and their needs, knowing your own objective at the start, and finding the right balance of data and story. You will also develop the ability to draw on your own unique attributes to deliver persuasive arguments with a convincing presence. This workshop will help you discover how to create a credible evidence-driven story that takes the audience on a journey, using language that motivates action.

On completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • clearly articulate the reaction and action they want from their audience
  • analyse and understand your target audience
  • develop an authentic and effective presentation style
  • seamlessly integrate data and story.

What will you learn?

  • the purpose of communication in an information age
  • the key elements of effective communication
  • how to understand, target and manage your audience
  • how to develop presence
  • the effective use of data
  • the power of interweaving evidence and narrative.

Who should register?

This program is relevant to a wide range of roles. Anyone who needs to deliver verbal presentations or present ideas in meetings to make an impact and to influence people will benefit from attending.

Who will lead the course?

  • Dr Zina O’Leary - Sociologist and social psychologist with expertise in impactful communication and applied research methodologies.


$1,075 (inc. GST)

ANZSOG Alumni receive a 15% discount.*

Please note the combined price of this event and Learning to communicate for impact and influence is $2100 incl. GST instead of $2150.

*Every person that completes the Executive Masters of Public Administration, Executive Fellows Program, Towards Strategic Leadership or an international program becomes part of our alumni.

To enquire about this workshop, please complete the executive workshop enquiry form.

Read our cancellation, transfer and refund policy.

Got a question?

Please contact ANZSOG's Executive Education team on +61 3 8344 1984 or email with the program name as the subject line to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Venue information

  • Venue: TBC

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