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Oral Presentation Tips
Transcript of Oral Presentation Tips
Recognize the occasion
Think about some of the circumstances that require public speaking
This isn't a comprehensive list! Be yourself.
Remember to Enunciate
Now is not the time for
Articulate words clearly.
Look up the correct pronunciation for words you don't know prior to your presentation.
Recognize there may be regional differences.
Again, this isn't a comprehensive list. Think about what makes a speaker difficult to listen to.
Each of these occasions has a different purpose and requires different techniques to successfully execute.
"The Chaos" by Gerard Nolst Trenité
No matter how you spin it, practice is good for you.
Don't be afraid to sell it.
You are going to make a mistake. You cannot be perfect in an imperfect world. Class is the place to make mistakes. Remember you are here to learn. The goal, in this case, is to own your mistake. Don't let it keep you from doing what you came here to do. Chance are the audience won't recognize the mistake if you don't make a big deal out of it.
We are on your side. No one want you to fail at the presentation. We have to listen to it, so the audience is definitely rooting for you. Your teacher took the time to design a presentation for you, so obviously another champion in your corner. Finally, each of your classmates will have to do this as well. Trust me, they are empathetic.
First let's acknowledge a few things:
Remember that in the case of this class at least, you're only going to see these people for 17 weeks tops. In the grand scheme of your life, will the quality of your existence be diminished if (and we are using if here) you make a mistake in front of these few people?
What about nerves?
Surveys about our fears commonly show fear of public speaking at the top of the list. Our fear of standing up in front of a group and talking is so great that we fear it more than death, in surveys at least.
Other Real World Advice on Public Speaking
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Use Offensive Terms
Rush to Get It All In
Read to the Audience
Keep this in mind for both notecards and visual aids.
Make eye contact.
Forget your constraints
Here's a little help
Organize your presentation
Have a clear introduction, body, and conclusion.
Remember to thank the audience for their time and to ask if there are questions.
Stay within the confines of your presentation.
Don't go under or over time constraints.
A good visual aid can add pizazz to your presentation
In place of this...try that!
Create anything difficult to read.
Use distracting features or busy fonts.
Pictures of a Location
Google Earth/3d Panoramas
Do remember that the visual aid is for the audience not the presenter.
It should create engagement, not be used as a crutch.
Give credit to the sources of information and graphics.
Remember to take into consideration the technology available to you at the location of your presentation.
Don't be afraid to think outside the box.
Use Verbal Fillers