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K-State Olathe
22201 W. Innovation Dr.
Olathe, KS 66061-1304

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Effective Presentation Design Skills for Technical Professionals

Sept. 12 | 8 a.m. to Noon

Kansas State University Olathe campus
22201 W. Innovation Drive, Olathe

Effective presentation design can have a dramatic impacton the effectiveness of your presentations and audience understanding. This training is for technical professionals in STEM disciplines (scientists, engineers, computational roles, etc.) who are tasked with delivering complex/technical information diverse audiences. This workshop is geared to both early and advanced career professionals looking to enhance their technical presentation design, content and delivery strategy.

This module can be taken with the Effective Presentation Delivery Skills for Technical Professionals module for a discount or can be taken individually.

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Who Is This For?

  • Technical professionals in STEM disciplines (scientists, engineers, computational roles, etc.) who relay complex/technical information to diverse audiences. 

Training Topics

The session will include the following basic presentation design guidelines, including tips and tricks and common mistakes/pitfalls:

  • Choosing your software platforms

  • What makes technical presentations different

  • Knowing your audience and purpose

  • Design — The nuts and bolts of slide development, information, organization, templates, layout, etc.

  • Content — Intro, content flow, engagement opportunities, conclusion/action, etc.

  • Delivery from a design perspective — Voice and body language, engagement techniques, call to action, practicing, etc.

Meet the Instructors

Judy FavorJudy Favor, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor in Adult Learning and Leadership
K-State Olathe 

Dr. Judy Favor’s 20-year career in higher education includes experiences as an administrator, faculty member, and NCAA athletic coach. Prior to joining the K-State Olathe faculty, she spent 9 years as an Adult Education administrator leading recruitment, marketing, enrollment, and academic programming initiatives. At K-State Olathe, Dr. Favor teaches in the Adult Education program and works to expand the programs in the Kansas City Metro area.

Ellen LoweryEllen Lowery, D.V.M., Ph.D., MBA
Professor of Practice in Animal Health
K-State Olathe 

Dr. Lowery has more than 20 years of regional industry experience from her time at Hill's Pet Nutrition where she was the director of the U.S. Professional and Veterinary Affairs department. Her industry roles have spanned scientific research, marketing, consulting, customer development and professional development.


Angela BuzardAngela Buzard
Manager of Training and Development
K-State Olathe

Buzard manages and delivers professional educational programs and activities that enhance workforce development in Greater Kansas City. She works with industry partners and area associations to identify needs regarding workforce skill development needs and builds applicable programs with subject matter experts. She has been in the training and development field for more than 13 years and finds joy in developing programs that spark learning in others.


7:30 a.m. | Registration and Networking


8 a.m. | Welcome and Introductions

8:10 a.m. | What Makes Technical Presentations Different


8:20 a.m. | Presentation Design

• Choosing your software platforms

• The nuts and bolts of slide development

• Knowing your audience and purpose

9:20 a.m. | Break


9:40 a.m. | Communicating Technical Content: Why, How, What, When



10:40 a.m. | Delivery Technique, Presence, Managing the Audience


11:40 a.m. | Summary, Q&A, Individual Action Plans


Pricing and Registration

  • $125 for BioKansas members
  • $150 for Non-members

Lunch and refreshments will be provided. 

Those registering for this module and the Effective Presentation Delivery Skills for Technical Professionals module on Sept. 12 will receive a $25 discount for each module. 

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The deadline to register is Sept. 12

K-State Olathe prides itself in offering interactive, engaging trainings that meet the learning needs of Greater KC’s working professionals.

For Questions, Contact

Alex Erwin


Effective Presentation Delivery Skills for Technical Professionals and Effective Presentation Design  Skills for Technical Professionals are offered in partnership with the BioKansas.