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English language presentation skills

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Gabor Rekettye

on 22 August 2013

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English language presentation skills - 22 August
Gábor Rekettye

Objectives of the 2nd day of training
By the end of the session you will be able to:
- understand and learn how to overcome some of the difficulties with speaking to and presenting in English to an international group of students/meetings
- use visual aids, power point presentations to your advantage
- understand the importance of body language and gestures
- utilize these skills and expect the same from your students

Podium Panic
For some people the thought of giving a presentation is more frightening than falling of a cliff, snakes and even death!

Jerry Seinfeld has his famous bit about public speaking, where he says that people fear public speaking more than death, which means that most people would rather be in the casket than giving the eulogy.

How to deal with podium panic?
Audiences are forgiving
Nervousness is usually invisible
Be yourself
Check the room in advance
Begin with a slow and well prepared intro, have a clear conclusion
Be prepared and practice
Body language and gestures
Connect with your audience - move away from the podium
Make eye contact - Don't look at the group
Pick out people in the audience as anchors
Let's see some good examples
Last mini presentations
3-5 minute presentations on a given topic :)
Try to use what you have learnt so far!
I could make a fool of myself!
Who is your audience (what do they already know?) needs and expectations, benefits of you presentation
What do you want to present (content)?
Why do you want to present (purpose)?
Where will you be presenting (place)?
How do you want to present (words, slides)?
Presentation skills
Structure the content with the audience's needs
What do you want to tell them?
What is your objective?
Time allotted!
Anticipate questions and prepare for them
Douglas Jeffreys
Overview Day 2
Introductions - done
Self Assessment - Your experience
Mini presentations (HW) and discussion
Coffee Break
Mini Presentations continued
Presentation skills discussion
Practice presentations
Self assessment - Your presentation skills
What are you good at?
What skills would you like to develop?
Your experience of giving presentations
What do you like and dislike about it?
1. Plan
2. Prepare
3. Practice
4. Present
Steps in giving presentation
1. Plan
Who is your audience? (Business people, colleagues, BA/MA/Postgrad students, etc.)
What is your goal?
How long will it be?
Where will it take place?
Business card test :)
What would you like your audience to remember? write down 3 things :)
Structure your presentation
Introduction - Get attention
Main theme - Content
Summary Conclusion - Key message
1. Notes
2. Visual aids, Prezi, power-points
3. Handouts?

Poor power-point
10-20-30 Rule especially for business meetings
Remember it is about your audience
Focus on what you are going to say
Make your audience comfortable
And your presentation interesting
Use humour in some cases:
Body language
The most important visual aid
Make a strong start!
Dealing with questions
1. Thank the questioner
2. Repeat the question
3. Answer the question
4. Check with the questioner if they are satisfied
5. Thank them again
Let's try in pairs
Person A speaks for 1 minute about his or her work - Person B listens and at the end ask a question
Person A use the previous model for responding
NO-NO's of Body Language
Lean on the podium
Rock or sway in place
Stand immobile
Use a single gesture repeatedly (Clinton)
Examine or bit your fingernails
Cross your arms in front of your chest
Use obviously practiced gestures
Crack your knuckles
The secret of teaching is to appear to have known all your life what you just learned this morning. ~Author Unknown
Teaching is the only major occupation of man for which we have not yet developed tools that make an average person capable of competence and performance. In teaching we rely on the "naturals," the ones who somehow know how to teach. ~Peter Drucker
Thank you and good luck to all of you!
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