Learn and hone the effective presentation and communication skills needed to be an effective presenter: understand the audience's intention and what it will take to capture their attention, take a critical lens to your non-verbal communication style, keep an audience engaged, how to deftly handle the dreaded Q&A, and guide the conversation forward. 

This virtual training is unique with its blend of self-directed learning (4 modules) coupled with your own practice, which is then followed by direct feedback specific to you from an expert communications coach. 

The program is delivered by our leadership program's partner, The Communication Center. Listen in to 4 recorded modules. After the first, second, and third modules participants record their practice. A coach then provides direct feedback on the recording with tips to improve. 

Use the skills and the coaching to improve your presentation and communication skills and ensure your audience - whether small group or large room, internal or external, or in-person or virtual - can act on your key message. 

Interested? Registration is handled on a monthly basis. Register by the 15th of each month to start on the 1st of the following month. The program is designed to be completed within 60 days. 

Find a program date and register today!




This program is designed for United Way professionals of all skill levels.

Those who deliver presentations or communicate to any group - small, large, internal, external, online or in-person - will find practical tips and advice from the recorded modules and coaching to be put into pracctice right away. 




Standard participant registration cost for this program is $550 per attendee

Have more than one team member? Have each subsequent participant receive a $50 discount. To receive this discount, each participant should register separately at the full tuition price. Once registration has closed, each UW with multiple registrants will be discounted $50 per additional registration. The discount(s) will reflect in the final payment.

Keep in mind that this event is eligible for flexible credit use! Check out the flexible credit policy (United Way Online access required) for details about flexible credits. 


Register by the 15th of each month and receive access to the platform on the 1st of each month (or first full business day of the month). There, participants can access the four recorded modules, submitting their practice after each session for feedback from the coach. This virtual program is self-paced but must be completed within 60 days of the start date.

Plan for an experience that hones and raises your communication and presentation skills. You will be seen as a leader at your United Way when you step to the front of the room (or lead from the table - or virtual window) and your audience will hear you!


Module 1:

  • Core principles of communication
  • Methods to manage speech anxiety
  • Critical audience analysis tools

Module 2: 

  • Body language best practices
  • Ways to use your voice powerfully
  • Techniques to speak clearly with accents 
  • Tips to reduce "weak speak" and use "power speak"

Module 3

  • Research on audience attention spans
  • Strategies to keep your audience connected
  • Storytelling best practices for business 
  • Engaging openings and closings
  • Message structure formulas

Module 4:

  • Handling Q&Awith confidence
  • Phrases to pivot to your key messages
  • Guidance for controlling the conversation




Pulic speaking virtually was timely and effective. Hearing and seeing the playback of the video raised awareness on areas to hone and improve upon such as eye contact, lighting, and tone of voice

The coach provided me with tips and advice specific to me that I was able to leverage - it helped me gain confidence and feel ready for my campaign kickoff.


The "on camera" practice is so effective!


The best part was having opportunities to practice what we learned right away.