Every year, thousands of people turn to Effective Presentations to learn how even the most basic communications skills can transform their careers.
As one of the country’s leading presentation skills training companies, we’re committed to making you a phenomenal speaker, a stronger communicator, and an all-around more valuable team member.
And it all starts with a powerful introduction.
A strong introduction does more than just launch your presentation; with a carefully crafted introduction, you can establish your competence and prove your credibility. In just a few short sentences, you can demonstrate your trustworthiness—and that will keep your listeners tuned in.
Our Powerful Introductions interactive virtual course is just one of a dozen bite-sized online sessions that explores our most popular public speaking topics.
In our Powerful Introductions interactive virtual course, you’ll find out why getting started is always the hardest part… and why the beginning is the most important piece of your presentation.
Your introduction is one of the most unforgettable moments of your presentation. It’s when your listeners make up their mind about whether they’re interested in what you have to say or not.
Not sure what to say to make them decide to stick around? Can’t decide what to include in your introduction and what to leave out?
We’ve got the answers you need inside our Powerful Introductions interactive virtual course.
Methods That Work
In the initial 30 seconds of your presentation, your listeners form their opinion of you. In under a minute, they’ll have decided if they want to listen to what you’re going to say.
You can’t waste those 30 seconds. It’s in that small window that you need to let your audience know what you’re there to do and why they should care.
Effective Presentations can transform your presentations into public speaking treasures. We’ll show you how to grab your listeners’ attention with your introduction using proven methods we’ve used ourselves.
The start of your presentation sets the tone for the rest of the interaction. Use our simple techniques to create a powerful introduction you can use for your next presentation or in any situation in which you meet someone new.
Don’t assume anyone in your audience will listen just because you’re speaking. Use a powerful introduction to let them know you’re about to tell them something worth listening to. Convince them with your first few sentences that there’s value in what you’re presenting.
It might sound difficult, but with our easy-to-follow methods, we’ll help you form a legendary introduction that entices people to tune in.
Ways to use body language to get noticed right away
Different tools you can use to gain a listener’s attention
Why you have to establish credibility in less than a minute
If putting together an introduction that pulls your listeners in and keeps them there is what troubles you the most, we have a collection of simple tools to make it easy to start your presentations on a powerful note.
“I have been in the corporate world for over 15 years and have attended countless number of trainings by professional trainers. The two-day public speaking training I recently attended in Orange County was by far the most powerful and beneficial to me. They have this thing down to a science, some of the techniques they implement are powerful and effective. If you are looking to get over your fear of public speaking or just want to get much better at it this is a great course for you. You will never look at a presentation the same way when you are done with this seminar.”
– Hadi Assaf
Build Trust From the Start
Effective Presentations has spent more than two decades coaching people on how to be expert communicators. We don’t just help you become better at public speaking, we teach you how public speaking skills can boost every aspect of your career.
We fill our live interactive courses with tools anyone can use, from small business owners to C-level executives. We want you to feel more confident in all of your interactions: when you’re speaking in public, delivering a sales presentation, or communicating with others on your team.
Our goal is to provide you with education and support to drive your career forward and increase your earning potential.
Effective Presentations’ Powerful Introductions live interactive course can give you that and more.
When you enroll in our Powerful Introductions interactive course, you’ll:
Discover our secrets for establishing trust almost immediately
Uncover strategies for staying calm as you start
Learn how to modify your introduction for any audience
Deliver practice presentations to put your new skills to work
Learning how to make powerful introductions sets you up for presentation success. When you start strong, you gain momentum that will carry you through to the conclusion.
Imagine starting your next presentation feeling 100% confident in your ability to win over the audience. Imagine knowing you’ve established a solid connection with your listeners.
Now is the perfect time to improve your professional skills with Effective Presentations. Our live interactive training courses connect you to our most popular training programs without even leaving your house.
Our virtual classes are delivered by certified trainers who join you live online to maximize your learning experience.
Improving your introductions is just one of dozens of ways you can build business relationships. Every new skill you learn with us puts you in a position to move your career forward. Learning it virtually allows you to do it easily and conveniently.
Sign up and join a virtual classroom with up to 4 other people, or register your entire team for a one-hour private training. We also offer discounts when you bundle your interactive training courses.
Sign up now for Effective Presentations’ Powerful Introductions online training and make your next introduction your most impressive one.
Highly recommend to elevate presentation styles and to build on the skills your team already has. Effective Presentations made the materials bite size and easy to implement for our team and we have already seen immediate improvements.
15:02 27 Sep 21
EP met my expectation and really enjoyed the interaction. I was completely engaged and didn't even bother to check my phone our get easily bored, Dustin provided an excellent value and great presenter/communicator. Definitely going to recommend to my fellow colleagues and looking forward to a next upcoming training. Thank you!
13:32 20 Sep 21
It was such a pleasure to have Mike Fruciano and Kara Flynn conduct a successful Sales Training with our teams in Pittsburgh. Mike and Kara made an all-day training an actual joy while getting down to business and setting our team up for success!If you want your sales team to be successful ~ you need to start with Effective Presentations!
18:56 21 Aug 21
I Learned a ton! Mike did a fantastic job.
16:37 16 Aug 21
I took this class in Chicago and I was definitely the youngest in the class. Despite the age difference I got as much out of this class as everyone else. It was worth both my time and money, I am so happy I did it. If you are looking to suppress public speaking fears and sharpen your presentation skills this class is for you.
16:09 16 Aug 21
I can't say enough good things about Mike Fruciano and this class. It was only two days, but I took more from those two days than I have from week-long classes. Superbly structured to make even the most novice of speakers feel at ease, it was fun, engaging and most of all incredibly helpful in leveling up my presentation skills. If you're looking for a way to improve your presentation skills, you've found it.
15:50 16 Aug 21
I just completed the 2-day in-person training in Chicago with Mike Fruciano. This class was amazing! As much as I enjoyed the virtual class I took, nothing beats the experience of presenting in front of other people. The class was small (our session was 7 people) so everyone had an opportunity to present multiple times and learn from the instructor (who was great!) and from each other. I highly recommend!
18:48 28 Jul 21
I can honestly say that Mike Fruciano and the Effective Presentation team are amazing! The program is amazing, the people are amazing, and it completely change who I have become as a presenter! i'v become a confident, poise presenter who has been asked to speak at many events now. I'm truly grateful for Mike putting me in position to be presenter that people want to listen to.Thank youEffective PresentationsLe'Ron Barnes
00:42 24 Jul 21
Taking this class was easily one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Our instructor, Breelyn, was extremely helpful, professional and friendly! If you feel even slightly uncomfortable or nervous/fearful while presenting, I highly suggest that you consider taking this class because you’ll learn so many fundamentals and tactics that will turn you into a much better speaker. Will definitely be recommending to my friends and family!
14:51 14 Jul 21
This organization was extremely pleasant, professional and fun to work with from the time I inquired online to the time the event ended. Our presenter, Mike Fruciano, had such a unique delivery and he kept it fun, engaging and practical! They were flexible in building out the content according to what we needed - including time constraints. Tons of value and interaction packed into a 4 hour workshop. Definitely recommend!
19:26 08 Jul 21
I highly recommend this workshop to anyone working on their public speaking skills.
23:06 27 May 21
Effective Presentations workshops are the "Real Deal". The training and insight that was provided offered immediate results to my evening workshops and radio show. I learned fundamental tips to improve how to communicate more effectively and keep active listeners. This class is helpful for anyone that would like to present themselves confidently in any environment. I recommend this workshop for any business wanting to improve their overall professionalism and customer service. The training could be applied to reach people over any medium. They are the best at what they do.
03:51 22 May 21
Mike and his staff were very impressive! They are exactly what you would want when looking for professional training! Effective Presentations exceeded my expectations by their ability to teach. They are skilled at what they do. I was highly impressed with the overall results- (before and after the training). Everyone showed significant improvement public speaking in just a matter of days. Thank you for taking away the fear of public speaking.
15:15 13 May 21
ComTec Solutions hosted mandatory professional development – Effective Presentations training for the entire company. The training was conducted by Breelyn Bowe virtually, given 8 of our employees work outside of the Rochester NY Headquarters. Debbie Wehrle, HR Manager provided the objectives of the event and Breelyn developed the 2 hour training for the team members from those objectives.The training and facilitation exceeded our expectations as documented in the evaluations submitted and the direct feedback regarding how Breelyn facilitated the event. She was prepared, energetic, knowledgeable, and included all attendees to participate in exercises she was sharing with us. Breelyn absolutely delivered on the top objectives we requested for this learning event and was spot on when asked questions from the attendees which she was not able to prepare for.At the end of the training, our President provided a follow on objective. He asked that attendees reflect on his company review which was conducted prior to the training and provide as many tips we learned from Breelyn’s Effective Presentations that he could do better. The person with the most feedback to him from the Effective Presentation training would receive a $100 gift card and Janine was our winner.Breelyn provided us a job aid to use as we prepare for our own presentations in the future and shared her contact information for future support. What we did not know prior to her delivery was that Breelyn was one of the newer facilitators for Effective Presentations. She conducted her facilitation with authority, warmth, preparation, genuineness and enthusiasm. No one would have known that she was new and perhaps thought she was a very seasoned facilitator and an excellent presenter.ComTec Solutions will absolutely use Effective Presentations for future learning events and will recommend without any hesitation, the company and Breelyn for customizing training based on your company’s objective, conducting the training on site or virtually and working on a delivery price that is both fair and an excellent value.Thank you to Mark Lamano for his responsiveness when I first placed my inquiry call with Effective Presentations and for providing us with Breelyn who provided our employees with the training and tools they need to also lead Effective Presentations.Regards,Debbie WehrleHR Manager
11:57 27 Apr 21
Breelyn did a terrific job of taking us through the different aspects of public speaking with things to work on using your body, voice and words. We did live recorded videos where we could see how we performed. I would definitely recommend taking this class if you are looking to improve your presentation skills.
17:18 05 Apr 21
Breelyn rocks! Loved the course content, instruction approach, and the small class size, even though it was remote. Looking forward to my next set of classes.
18:55 12 Mar 21
This was a great experience and good use of time. Our coach Dustin did a great job helping us identify ways to improve our presentation skills and he gave us really helpful tools and feedback to take our presentations to the next level - both virtually and in person. Thanks Dustin!
01:06 27 Feb 21
The trainer was incredibly. If how they speak is any indication on how they will help you speak, totally worth your investment.
17:36 29 Dec 20
My experience with Breelyn was amazing. She was very professional and had an abundance of information, tips and tools for the area that I selected to work on with this organization. Thank you again for a great experience.
00:29 31 Aug 20
Wow! The improvement in all of us over the two day workshop was incredible. I left with actionable things to do to continue improving my public speaking. It was an incredible experience.
17:12 28 Jul 20
So far, so great! Thank you Breelyn for an excellent course on "Crafting Your Message." I was so impressed with your style of communication and how well you conducted the class. I can't wait for the next course!
19:35 12 Mar 20
Loved working with Megan! She gave me incredibly helpful, insightful, and practical tips for my presentation and helped me feel confident in myself and my message.
18:57 07 Mar 20
Truly a transformational experience! Thanks, Mike!
16:43 09 Dec 19
Excellent! Worth the investment! I've taken other presentation courses but this is by far the best.
16:21 18 Nov 19
It all started when I was born...in three days I received and practiced exceptional communication skills for giving presentations people actually want to listen to. Mike and the EP Team have mastered the basics, and have taken me to a different level overnight. The best thing you can do to improve your presentation skills is spend 2-3 days with these Rock Stars.
17:19 11 Nov 19
I sent 4 senior management team members and myself through Public Speaking/Presentation Skills training. We were all scared to death of looking ridiculous in front of each other. It was an great experience and to do it as a team really allowed us to support each other and not judge each other. It turned out to be one of the best team building experience we have done. Breelyn was an amazing presenter, coach, and cheerleader. We had a great time with her. Thanks Breelyn!!
18:13 08 Nov 19
I live in Pakistan and we’ve been using Effective Presentations for a couple years now. We love their virtual training platform, its like we are face to face working on our specific skills.
18:04 23 Sep 19
15:58 22 Jul 19
Great, interactive, practical workshop. A lot of materials and information. Guaranteed, you'll be a better presenter. The instructor, coach, trainer Sandra did an excellent job. I learned a lot! I'm glad I made the decision to attend the Effrective Presentations. It's definitely well worth it!Thank you!
14:36 07 May 19
Money well spent. This training is very helpful and can transform you within 2 days.
16:39 03 Apr 19
Sandra was the trainer for the Public Speaking/Presentation session I attended. She was able to able connect and relate to each person even though we had different backgrounds and personalities. She had valuable feedback and suggestions for various public speaking situations we might find ourselves in. Sandra facilitated a positive environment to practice and overcome challenges in public speaking. From attending the workshop, I've gained more confidence in myself and have a more positive perspective on my public speaking abilities.
13:57 22 Mar 19
23:33 21 Mar 19
Sandra was great! I left the workshop feeling more confident about giving presentations because now I know I have the right tools! I would recommend this workshop to anyone, from beginner to seasoned professionals.
Derek Van Zijll
20:33 11 Mar 19
Mark Lamano, Mike Fruciano and the rest of the team at Effective Presentations have put together a 2 day training class as potent and constructive as their name suggests.As useful for a medical professional as it for a teacher or salesperson; you'll leave the training with a newfound confidence and the tools to holistically improve on every area of your communications.If Mike doesn't have you engaged and upright on the edge of your seat within the first hour, check your pulse!I can't wait to continue improving my presenting with the exercises and continued coaching of Effective Presentations.
00:12 09 Mar 19
This workshop was everything it promised to be - and more! I learned so much in two days. My co-workers and family are probably tired of hearing about how much fun I had with all the different exercises we did. I highly recommend this class if you're looking to perfect your speaking skills and overcome presentation anxiety.
23:23 26 Feb 19
Excellent preparation. Motivational Speaker and very enthusiastic
20:28 12 Feb 19
Dustin is a great instructor and made our participants feel very comfortable with the presentation training. He made public speaking a fun experience - highly recommend him!
22:12 21 Jan 19
Mike Fruciano and Effective Presentations Courses changed my life. All I can say is thank you. WOW
20:42 25 Oct 18
09:50 26 Sep 18
Sandra was awesome and help me learn a lot about my self in a very comfortable way and made the whole experience very fun.
13:44 20 Sep 18
This was one of the very best professional development investments I've made in myself and my team. Dustin was an incredible coach and presenter! He was brilliant with all the differing 'presenter levels' of the group, making sure every participant was comfortable and challenged. I learned I have much to learn! Thank you!!
20:20 18 May 18
This is the best training I have participated in for my job to date! The hands-on learning environment really made the difference in what I retained and I immediately was able to put my new skills to use upon my return to work. I was comfortable speaking before I took the seminar, but now - I am confident! And that makes all the difference! Not only do I use these skills at work, but I was able to apply them to my personal life as well when teaching and speaking at my church. I highly recommend this course to anyone who would like to be more confident in their interactions with other people; whether it be one-on-one conversations, meetings of any size or full out presentations to an audience. There's something useful for all!
15:03 05 Apr 18
Effective Presentations exceeded our expectations when it came to coaching our C-suite on public speaking skills. The executives who attended frequently quoted their trainer, Matt, during the rehearsal session in advance of our annual client event. And this year's event received very high marks from clients on the quality of presentations. We will definitely be using EP again. Thanks to Matt and team!
16:37 04 Apr 18
Effective Presentations is one of the best workshops I have ever attended in my career in Guest Relations/Sales Training. Whether you are a seasoned presenter or new to the arena, there is something for everyone to learn and improve upon. The ability to learn concepts and then put them immediately into practice thru video taping was very effective. The one-on-one coaching was helpful as well. This seminar took me out of my comfort zone and provided tips for being a more dynamic presenter/trainer.I was extremely impressed with Dustin, our facilitator. He certainly walked the talk and was very personable and engaging. In my opinion he made the seminar! As a trainer, I know first hand how difficult it is to maintain audience attention for two hours, nonetheless two full days. He made the time fly and kept me engaged and at the edge of my seat wanting more. Not only did I gain insight into advanced presentation skills, but also in facilitation skills - WIN/WIN!!
12:17 14 Feb 18
After attending the "Effective Presentations"Seminar, I learned so much about myself.How to communicate to a large group or just an one on consultation. The class was fun, exciting and easy-going. I highly recommend attending.
07:25 06 Feb 18
Dustin makes the course fun and provides a quality learning experience. I was able refine my skills in a noticeable way. I went from good to great with the tools Dustin and the course gave me. The impact I used the skills I learned for 5 min presentation in front of 100 big 4 senior consultants that led me being invited to facilitate a 2 hour session with a major client. Dustin you rock - 2 days can change a life! I tell all my friends. TBW
Nova Safety Consultants
21:45 01 Feb 18
Dustin was an amazing instructor. The attention he gave us durning and after the training was something that I will never forget. He took the time to actually discuss on key point I should work on so I can be a better presenter when training.
22:29 16 Jan 18
Very interactive and they cover topics from structuring your presentation to verbal/non-verbal skills, and it was actually a pretty fun class. You'll do a lot of presentations throughout the two days and get plenty of constructive feedback.
02:52 08 Jan 18
If you are looking to take your public speaking skills to the next level, this is the course for you! I had a great experience at this seminar. Dustin, our instructor was professional, engaging, and fun. You will definitely get outside of your comfort zone, learn new strategies, and have a good time. I highly recommend taking this course, you'll immediately see a tremendous improvement in your ability to present and speak in public and have the opportunity to make lasting connections with other great speakers.
18:00 28 Nov 17
Great experience at this seminar. It's a perfect mix of teaching and doing. Our instructor, Dustin, did a great job of making it fun and relaxed and really allowed us to get out of our comfort zone and practice what was being taught. I highly recommend the course, you'll immediately see a tremendous improvement in your ability to present and speak in public.
16:22 21 Nov 17
The Effective Presentations Class far exceeded my expectations and was probably one of the most effective trainings that I have taken. The class is well structured and is on point in every aspect of allowing students to grasp concepts relating to communication. Effective Presentations instilled in me that this is not only a class on how to present power points, but more importantly, it taught me how to become an effective communicator. Matthew Penov was our instructor and was brilliant, patient, and conveyed the message perfectly. I would HIGHLY recommend this class for everyone.
14:53 31 Oct 17
This course will equip you to effectively communicate ideas in one on one conversations, round table discussions, and large presentations. You will have multiple opportunities to practice the layered elements of effective communication. You then receive personalized coaching and feedback. The Trainers are committed to improving your skills in a very non-threatening and FUN environment!
00:43 14 Oct 17
Awesome seminar! I learned so much and it was THE best training course I ever had, not just in public speaking but in general. Our instructor Dustin has a real gift of teaching this class and certainly made a difference in my life. I would recommend it to just about anyone who want to improve their presentation skills and even helps your communication skills in general. This course does get you out of your comfort zone but it is well worth it and you learn so much in just two days. The experience you get from this course is invaluable and you will not regret it. Contact me if you have any questions. I'll be happy to tell you about it.
Midland Video Productions
13:56 18 Aug 17
I loved the flexibility of the virtual training sessions. I travel for work and already loose precious family time. The virtual class was perfect for me! Matt was very positive and gave me tools/techniques to feel confident speaking. Also, working on the "intent" of the presentation not the "content" has been a great tip in creating power point presentations. I highly recommend Effective Presentations training!
22:56 11 Jun 17
Effective Presentation training was one of the most rewarding and beneficial training classes I’ve ever taken. I took the training because of a fear of public speaking and a desire to speak professionally with confidence. Mike Fruciano and Matt Penov are amazingly skilled professional speakers and trainers. I gained so much knowledge from them. I was amazed at the transformation in myself that I experienced from the beginning of the class to the end. Mike and Matt make you feel incredibly comfortable and at ease. They did an outstanding job and this is outstanding training. This was a life changing experience for me and I highly recommend Effective Presentation training.
12:33 20 May 17
Unbelievable content! Mike Fruciano is so knowledgeable in the professional speaking area. Vital tools that I can use for a lifetime to help me improve my presentations. Well worth the investment.
21:56 18 Nov 16
Jason K Powers
13:24 25 Oct 16
These guys rock. You will not be disappointed!
00:54 26 May 16
Great experience! Matt laid out two days of well structured and fun instruction. This class gives you the basic foundation of delivering and formatting speeches which you see from the top public speakers. Very motivated with good knowledge and confidence to continue learning and improving presentations. Highly recommended to anyone looking at overcoming that fear we all have of public speaking!
18:31 27 Apr 16
So glad I took this class. You may not want to talk in front of others, but this course is enjoyable and I looked forward to going back the second day.
22:10 12 Apr 16
Learning how to be effective with my public speaking was always a goal of mine and new it was very important to furthering my career. I tried on my own but never could overcome the fear and stop using padding words. I searched online and attended a course with Mike and it was life changing. I recommend that everyone that speaks in any size groups take this course. This was awesome and will be having my team take it also.
21:26 01 Mar 16
Develop my presentation skills to transform yourself from inexperienced speaker to skilled presenter.
15:51 26 Feb 16
Would highly recommend taking a course with them! They were able to provide us with a ton of easy-to-use information that we were able to put to use right away. The instructor was very knowledgeable and was able to tailor the class to our needs - resolving any issues we had and telling us what we needed to do (and how to do it) in order to give a more effective presentation. Even after the class, I called my instructor with a question and he was more than happy to help! Even if you don't have problems with public speaking, I would still recommend checking out their courses because I think everyone could learn something and improve their presentations or public speaking.
18:52 24 Feb 16
Quick service. Brilliant condition.The goods I ordered were top quality as was their packaging. No less than anyone could expect and they delivery time was prompt. I would rate this company and use them again without hesitation. Fast and efficient service.
22:45 19 Feb 16
I read some blog posts and they were inspiring then I realized Effective Presentations does virtual coaching all over the world. I live in Bangladesh and the 4-hour virtual training we did was impressive. I was live on my computer with one of their trainers and It really helped with the structure and delivery on my presentation. I feel so confident that I can’t wait for my next sales presentation and I will be referring my colleagues to Effective Presentations for virtual training.
Mary Jane Kenney
04:01 09 Feb 16
Their program makes all the difference in the world , totally gives you the extra confidence and Executive presence in your presentations. Wonderful program!
SIMPLY PHILLIP BROWN, LLC
10:46 10 Sep 13
Successful presenters understand that what the audience sees in a presentation makes a stronger impact than the words they hear. We’ve been wired to take in information primarily through our eyes ever since cave dwellers began looking over their shoulders for approaching mastodons. However, giving a presentation is not an easy task; it requires substantial research, organization, public speaking skills, and self-confidence. A good presenter has the ability to engage his or her listeners from beginning to end and compel them to take action.Those who wish to learn presentation skills can get incredible training from expert presenters through classes or courses offered by the staff at effective presentations. There highly effective training did wonders for me.
14:07 01 Jan 13
I had a wonderful time at the Effective Presentations workshop. It was highly interactive and I had a lot of fun, all while improving my communication and public speaking skills. I definitely recommend these workshops.
00:43 31 Oct 12
I did not know what to expect. This class was useful, enlightening and effective. I have tools that I can use in presentations and everyday life. I would recommend this class to anyone looking to improve their communication skills.