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IPAA Victoria runs a variety of professional development courses and special events that provide opportunities to learn, be inspired and network with your peers across the wider public sector.

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Advanced Presentation Skills

  • VHA Meeting room Level 6, 136 Exhibition Street Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia (map)

The difference between a good presentation and an excellent presentation can come down to a little more preparation – and some old-fashioned self-belief.

For the past 10 years, IPAA Victoria and the behavioural experts at Method9 have been helping speakers in Victoria’s public sector to overcome their nerves, write strong speeches, and deliver unforgettable presentations. This special full-day course offers one-on-one coaching and personal feedback on your presentation skills – enabling you to build on your strengths and rediscover new pathways to excellence.

With numbers restricted to 10 participants, actor and presentation coach Bruce Hughes will help you practice your delivery and get your message across with confidence and sincerity – regardless of the personal challenges and obstacles you may face. You’ll discover how your current strengths are helping you succeed, and what areas you need to develop or refine in order to succeed more often.

What will you learn?

By the end of this course, you will have learned how to:

  • develop an individual presentation style to present with commitment and sincerity

  • make better use of PowerPoint to enhance and clarify your presentations

  • structure a presentation to create a clear ‘pathway’ for your audience to follow

  • turn self-consciousness into self-belief

  • keep your audience engaged and curious about what comes next

  • be fully present and keep your presentation ‘in the moment’

  • deal with unexpected questions or hostile audience members.

What should you expect?

Advanced presentation skills is a practical, interactive course – not chalk and talk. It will engage you through active learning techniques and seriously improve your presentation performance.

Who is the facilitator?

This course will be facilitated by Bruce Hughes, who conducted his first workshop for IPAA Victoria in 2008, and has helped thousands of people to hone their presentation skills – from executives and government leaders, to TV presenters and elite athletes. For more than 20 years, Bruce has had a dual career as a corporate facilitator and a professional actor. He has acted alongside Jude Law, Hugo Weaving and Geoffrey Rush, and his work as a facilitator has taken him to New York, Munich, Delhi, Singapore, Hong Kong and Shanghai. Bruce has more than 10,000 hours of experience in coaching groups in presentation skills and the art of building effective working relationships.



  • Non-Member $1,118.00

  • Personal Member $894.40

  • Fellow $670.80


  • Bronze $894.40

  • Silver $838.50

  • Gold $782.60

  • Platinum $670.80

All prices are GST inclusive

Who Should Attend?

This IPAA Victoria course is designed for regular presenters in the public sector – and particularly those who present with PowerPoint. It aims to help individuals build confidence with their public speaking and presentation skills, and to gain a measurable and immediate improvement in their delivery style.

Contact us for more information.

Earlier Event: 16 April
Get to the Point
Later Event: 30 April
Public Sector Writing