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Presentation Skills

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Maria Bliss

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Presentation Skills
How to create & deliver a good presentation
To look at how to:
academic oral presentation
Why are you being assessed on giving an

oral presentation
Today's activities
What makes a good academic presentation?
Structuring your presentation (introduction, main body, conclusion).
Non-verbal communication & signals
Inviting questions
Before we start...
Who is
Maria Bliss
What's the logic in it?
So why are you being asked to give an oral presentation?
1. Speaking to a group
2. Heights
3. Insects & bugs
4. Financial problems
5. Deep water
6. Sickness
7. Death
8. Flying
Our greatest fears
When asked, employers stated that the number one skill that they look for in potential employees is how good their verbal communication skills are!
How you speak and interact with others is more important than how good-looking you are!!
Good Communication
Skills are VITAL, or
necessary, for your
future academic
and career success!!
", then you may say, "
let's see a good one

What's your criteria for a
oral presentation?
Post It Notes
minimum 2 criteria from each of you
Here are other learners' criteria
Relevant & Useful
Involved the audience
Well organised
Easy to understand
(the one upon which you are assessed)
Here is your Lecturer's criteria
Content knowledge
Evidence of research/planning
Structure and organisation
Use of audio/visual aids
Non-verbal communication
Audience involvement
So, what's the road to creating a good presentation?
Oral presentation skills
Who are you talking to?

Why are you talking to them?

How long have you got?

What story are you going to tell?
Think about what you want to achieve.
Think about your audience.
Brainstorm your topic, then write a rough outline.
Research your topic.
Organise your material and write a draft.
Summarise your draft into points.
Plan and prepare your visual aids.
Rehearse your presentation and get its length right.
Organising the content
Capture your listener's attention
State your purpose
Present an outline for your talk
The body
Present your points one by one in
Pause at the end of each point
Make it absolutely clear when you move to the next point (signposting)
Use clear examples to illustrate your points
The conclusion
It's very important to leave your audience with a clear summary of what you have covered.
Make it obvious that you have reached the end of your presentation
Restate the purpose of your talk and say that you have achieved your aim.
Don't apologise
Speak loudly & clearly
Use short, simple sentences
Vary speed, tone, volume, speed & pauses.
Avoid distracting mannerisms
Relax, be enthusiastic
Make eye contact
Keep an eye on the time remaining
Explain figures
Point to important aspects
Give a clear and concise summary, then stop.
Don't go over time. EVER!
Anticipate questions
Paraphrase the questions you are asked
If you don't know the answer... SAY SO
Have you chosen a topic for your presentation?
This is a huge mountain
Yes, I've got my topic!
Choose your options:

Read & follow Maria's handout or log onto Moodle to see the virtual version
Use Word or a mind map software, otherwise a pen & paper to make a plan of action - also see Maria's handout
Research the info
Draft your presentation
No, I've no clue!!!
I may do but I'm not sure
about it...
Let's try to narrow down your search
Pair work (7 min)
pen & paper
brainstorm topics you found interesting during your course
consider topics that are novel and challenging for you (don't want you to get bored! :))
write down anything that comes to mind
Group of 4 (5-7 min)
share your ideas
could you expand on/develop/add a new topic or a sub-topic?
Individual (7 min)
copy all the topics you find interesting
consider each option in turn and award it a mark out of 10.
when you have completed, scan your options again and look at the ones which scored highly; discard the weaker ones.
try to explain the reasons for your scores to someone else - this will force you to put into words how you feel and so become more confident about your decision.
More on oral presentation skills
Let's reflect on what we've watched...
Do you think her intro was effective? Why?
Did she use PowerPoint slides well? How come?
What can you say about the amount of text she used in her slides?
Comment on her non-verbal communication. Do you think she was nervous? What makes you think so?
Non-verbal communication
You will be watching a PowerPoint submission from last year's learner. Make some notes of your opinions about it and be prepared to share them with your peers.
(You cannot NOT communicate.)
What about when we're presenting our work?
Finally, we've made it!
I like / I don't like...
I want to do more / less...
I feel that ...
I have problems with ...
Can we...?

By the end of the lesson:
you will asses a previous year's submission
First assessment task for your Contemporary Contexts Module:
Oral Presentation
Your Oral Presentation Assessment
Select a topic
Analyse image production output within an

Evidence critical thinking (discuss
why, where, when, with what effect
Break time
Return within
5 min
log onto a computer
use your researched info
draft an outline for your presentation
Next session:
10th November
from 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Presentation revision
Critical thinking - What is it & how do we do it?
Any requests?
Who are you?
Evaluating prior submissions
Watch 2 PowerPoint submissions from prior learners
Considering the required organisation, how successful do you think these presentations?
Follow up sessions:

(give handout)
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