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Advice on giving talks and presentations

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Helena Frisk

on 16 September 2013

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By Helena Frisk
Advice on Giving Talks and Presentations
When giving a talk or making a presentation, it is vital that you think about the following:
Key Features of Speaking
Your topic
Your purpose
Your audience
You should
read a speech
That is not giving a talk - it's reading aloud
If you are reading you cannot look at your audience - that is
1. Use notes
2. Use body language
Simple tips to success
Divide the audience into three sections
Left, middle and right
Find one friendly face in each section
Take turns to direct your speech at them
cannot take in
a lot at one sitting

If your talk is
too long
, or full of statistics, your
audience will get bored

A good talk?
Reasonably brief - 10 minutes is reasonable
Have a clear structure, guide for the audience
Think about when to show pictures and film clips
4. Keep it simple
Spice up your talk!

Joke or anecdote
5. Use humour and drama
1. Were the main points clear?

2. Did he/she begin with a brief outline of what he/she was going to talk about?

3. Summary at the end?

4. Was the opening good?

5. How good was his/her conclusion?

6. Did he/she move logically from one point to another?

7. Did he/she give good examples to prove his/her points?
How to assess a talk or presentation
3. Keep contact with your audience
Good Luck!
What are you saying - both in general and in detail
Why are you speaking
How you are going to make this subject interesting
Get into the habit of
making brief notes
For example, with bullet points, on cards
First job
Text on an A4 paper?

not a good idea
- easy to "get lost" in the text

Number you cards
Give a 10 minute talk in pairs
Make yourself look interesting
Use your hands to emphasize a point, occasional gesture or even move around a bit (but not too much)
Above all...
Change your tone of voice occationally
Create variety

A dull, monotonous voice is only effective if you're training to be a hypnotist!
Learn these 5 tricks
Linguistics a variety of a language or a level of usage, as determined by degree of formality and choice of vocabulary, pronunciation, and syntax, according to the communicative purpose, social context, and social status of the user.
8. Did he/she make eye contact with most of those present?

9. Did he/she give a relaxed impression?

10. Did he/she speak clearly, loudly and at the correct pace?

11. Did he/she use the notes rather than read from them?

12. Did the audience seem interested in the subject?

13. Did he/she make the audience laugh or smile?

14. Was his/her body language 'positive'?

15. Further comments
Content of communication
- Concrete and abstract subject areas related to students' education and societal and working life; current issues; thoughts, opinions, ideas, experiences and feelings; ethical and existential issues.

- Texts of different kinds and for different purposes, such as formal letters, popular science texts and reviews.
- Strategies for source-critical approaches when listening to and reading communications from different sources and in different media.

Production and interaction
- Oral and written production and interaction in different situations and for different purposes where students argue, report, apply, reason, summarise, comment on, assess and give reasons for their views.
- Different ways of commenting on and taking notes when listening to and reading communications from different sources.
- Processing of language and structure in their own and others' oral and written communications, and also in formal contexts. Adaptation to genre, situation and purpose.

Knowledge requirements - see course site
1. Presentation (Entrepreneur)
2. Written response to another groups presentation (Entrepreneur)
3. Essay - Final assignment (Rich Dad, Poor Dad)4. Reader’s log each week (Summary + word list)

1. Presentation (Entrepreneur, in pairs)
2. Discussions in class3. Debate

1. Articles
2. Rich Dad, Poor Dad
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