Developing Oral Presentations

Building Your Carrier with Oral Presentations

  • Oral presentations involve all your communication skills, from research through nonverbal communication
  • 3 steps writing process can help to create effective oral presentations

Planning Your Presentations

  • Analyze the situation
    • Variety audience mindset & how to deal with it :
      • Supportive – speak in relaxed, confident manner & confirm their beliefs
      • Interested but neutral – build credibility with confident & prepare for questions & challenges
      • Uninterested – think creatively to connect the messages with their aspect of life
      • Apprehensive/worried – treat their emotions with respect, use indirect approach
      • Hostile/aggressive – treat them with respect, no humor, provide complete information in calm
  • Select the right medium
    • Mostly live, in person presentations
    • Webcast
    • Screen casts
  • Organize the information
    • Define your main idea
    • Limit your scope
    • Choose your approach
    • Prepare your outline

Writing Your Presentations

  • Adapting to your audience
    • Involve speaking style & technology choices
  • Composing your presentation
    • Introduction
      • Affecting audience interest
      • Building your credibility
      • Previewing your messages
    • Body
      • Connecting your ideas
      • Holding your audience’s attention
    • Close
      • Restating your main points
      • Describing next steps
      • Ending on a strong note
  • Enhancing your presentation with effective visuals
    • Electronic presentations/Slide shows
    • Overhead transparencies
    • Chalkboards & whiteboards
    • Flip charts
    • Others – video recording, samples of products, models
  • Creating effective slides
    • Writing readable content
    • Designing graphics for slides
    • Selecting design elements
      • Color
      • Background designs & artwork
      • Foreground designs & artwork
      • Fonts & type styles
    • Adding animation & special effects
  • Successful online presentations :
    • Consider sending preview study materials ahead of time
    • Keep your presentations as simple as possible
    • Ask for feedback frequently
    • Consider the viewing experience from the audience member’s point of view
    • Make sure your audience can receive the sort of content you intend to use
    • Allow plenty of time for everyone to get connected & familiar with the screen there are viewing

Completing Your Presentations

  • Finalizing slides & support materials
  • Preparing to speak
  • Practicing your delivery
  • Overcoming anxiety
    • Prepare more material
    • Practice
    • Think positively
    • Visualize your success
    • Take a few deep breaths
    • Be ready
    • Be comfortable
    • Do not panic
    • Concentrate on your message & audience
    • Maintain friendly eye contact with audience
    • Keep going
  • Handle questions responsively

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