Because each of you needs to do an oral presentation, I want us to go over some important aspects of public speaking. Although your presentations for this class aren’t the exact format you can expect throughout your careers, it’s important to practice public speaking whenever you can. Your classmates want you to do well, so the classroom setting is great for practicing oral presentations.
I have some questions about oral presentations for a class discussion:
- What are some common presentation pitfalls?
- Why is understanding your purpose so important?
- What are some questions you should ask about your audience?
- What type of delivery method will work best for you or you and your group—memorized, reading (scripted), notes, or impromptu?
- What are some advantages and disadvantages of the above delivery methods?
- What’s important to keep in mind about visuals (which you must use?
- How should you manage your presentation style?
Please have an overview. Spend 15-20 secs telling the audience (us) what you’re going to discuss in your presentation. Introduce us to the topic.
Don’t just jump into your presentation like this guy…
Workshop and Presentation Issues
Remember, each of you must have an oral presentation that is between 4 and 5 minutes—don’t go under and don’t go over. You’ll be graded on the following:
I will score your particular 4-5 minute block of the presentation based of the following criteria:
- Appearance of preparation
- Eye contact
- Voice Projection
- Time—don’t go over five minutes and don’t go under four minutes (practice so you get it just right)
Although it may seem like too much extra work, you should practice your oral presentations in order to gauge how long your part will take. Whether you’re finished talking or not, I’ll cut you off if you or your group goes longer than your time limit (4-5 min per person). I will stop you mid sentence if need be. Again, preparation is crucial. I can’t stress enough how important it is to be prepared for all oral presentations, but I might be able to show you…
Remember, you don’t have to have your project finished to do a presentation. You can’t possibly convey your entire project in the time you have. Therefore, you must choose your points wisely. I will set a timer for 5 min 5 sec. As soon as it goes off, your time WAS over