Oral presentations

I      Introduction (Attention-getting opener: e.g. a question, a statistic, a quotation, an anecdote)
Tell what you are going to deal with:
 1   Who or what
 2   Why and how
 3   What you want/intend to say
II    The substance of the presentation
Present arguments or evidence supporting your aim/intention (use examples):
1   To inform – give evidence/examples
2   To persuade – give arguments/explanations
3   To entertain – choose amusing information or arguments and/or an entertaining manner of presenting them
III   Conclusion
Sum up or conclude with personal opinion, analysis.

Six signals all audiences want:

1     I will not waste your time.
2     I know who you are.
3     I am well organized.
4     I know my subject.
5     Here is the most important part.
6     I am finished.
Work consciously with your pronunciation, grammar, intonation, vocabulary, and general communication skills.

In addition, you may consider the following advice for giving a good oral presentation:
1     Practice your presentation.
2     Do not read your presentation.
3     Do not begin with an apology for your lack of knowledge or your English.
4     Be thoroughly prepared and familiar with your material.
5     Never be afraid to stop speaking for a moment.
6     Speak at a normal slow rate.
7     Start with a smile.
8     Make eye contact. Don't talk to your notes or to your overhead.
9     State your topic.
10   Present your points clearly.
11   Come to a conclusion.
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Sist oppdatert: 12.06.2012

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