Oral Presentations: Tell a Good Story

Tell your listeners an interesting story. It should have a beginning, middle and end. The story should have a Main Character (Subject) and the Main Character's Problem (presentation's Purpose). The Main Character and his Problem belong together. Main Character (Subject) Major appliances: vacuum cleaners & dishwashers Books (publishing) Mercedes automobiles Our company's market share New environmental friendly car Water consumption Too little food A Political Figure Problem (Purpose) Increasing sales (against competitors, in a financial crisis, etc) Increasing sales through internet marketing Increasing oversea sales Increasing it by creating better branding to use in overseas markets High costs and low market share (getting worldwide PR and product recognition) People in certain countries use too much water Drought and food distribution problems in Africa Bad people run our government and you must elect this new Political Figure

Perhaps you begin your presentation by putting the Main Character in the middle of the Problem -it's dramatic, exciting! The Main Character must sell more vacuum cleaners! Or he is in danger of losing his job to the competition! Or perhaps the Main Character must dramatically increase plasma screen TVs sales during a worldwide financial crisis. Whatever. However you start, introduce us to your Main Character (Subject) so we can get to know him a little and see what a nice guy he is. Also give us a small hint (or a dramatic scene!) exploring the drama of The Problem, so we can see how difficult and complicated the situation is.

 Introduction: 
Your overall objective is to show us the Subject of your presentation (the Main Character) and introduce us to the Purpose of your presentation (The Problem) so that we become interested and learn to care (become emotional!) about the Main Character and see you solve The Problem! Of course putting drama into your presentation helps do this, it makes us care about the subject and it motivate us to take the problem seriously. And, finally, it should make us want to fix the problem. Fixing the problem is the Objective, the Point, the Reason you're giving the presentation.

  Body (the Story):
After introducing the Main Character of the story -- the thing /subject/department /product that has the problem -- show us how the Main Character and The Problem go together. What is their relationship? How did they end up together? Speak to us about the Main Character and explain the origins of The Problem. Start at the beginning. Explain how this Character / Problem / Objective happened. Give details, facts and figures, information, and interesting anecdotes illustrating the problem (photos, charts, etc). Then build to the ending (aka the Finale, the Big Battle), giving us clear strategies for how we can win, how we will accomplish the wonderful objective you've given us (destroy the Battlestar, sell more vacuum cleaners!) and save the world from certain doom (by selling them the newest products or services). Be specific and clear and KISS (Keep It Short & Simple).

  Conclusion (Happy Ending):
After showing us the details and laying out the solution, give us a brief and efficient recap. And don't forget to Call-Back to one or two of the more interesting visuals. And finish off those cliffhangers (puzzles) that you set up in the introduction.

Think of this as a kind of TV commercial for an upcoming show (a TV Werbung). has happened. and reasons. Offering a brief outline of what you will be discussing. phenomenal knowledge. tell them how they can save the world. You may also want to include why this topic is so important to you and to them and to the world! The Body Use facts to begin building the secondary points that lead up to your climax. Think of it as a brief summary which emphasizes what you want the audience to remember. be mysterious. the big battle. Give us a brief sense of what results your listeners might expect after hearing your presentation: increased sales figures. . Preview the content of your presentation. elaborate rewards. • Be brief. what are the solutions to these difficult problems. the most important point(s) and facts of your presentation -. you can finish with a recommendation. an observation. be clever: What is it that must be done. a few inspiring sentences. How will these fantastic things happen. a personal thought. Closing Statement: Finally. high honor. Your closing statement (the last statement) should pull your presentation together. great accomplishments. • There is something important that must be done! • There is something that has just happened! • There is something important that is going to happen. opinions. The Conclusion The conclusion should restate the main points but this time WITHOUT the examples.the finale explaining everything they ever needed to know about your topic. incredible glory. must be done!!? 2. why must we do something to accomplish this great result. facts and figures. Tell them what to do. tell them how they can be a great success. It should contain at least three ideas with supporting details to illustrate your point. why is this amazing thing going to happen (and how are we a part of it)? This part of your presentation should support your introduction by offering facts. Grab the audience's attention.Presentations: Formal Structure The Introduction The purpose of the introduction is not only to introduce your topic. 1. but also to interest your audience in the topic.

8. 7. 10. 6. Ask for questions at the end of your presentation.Oral Presentations Do's & Don'ts 1. Breathe! (It helps you relax. Use appropriate vocabulary that exactly suits your specific audience. Be organized! Prepare. Remember you only have 7-10 minutes. Practice your presentation with a partner or in front of the mirror. 9.) 3. practice! . make sure you explain it and write it on the board. 4. Don't read your presentation. the more relaxed you'll feel. Be practical. You can use short notes. Make eye contact with all members of your audience. it makes it very difficult for your audience to follow. Don't try to cover too much material. prepare! And practice. also. If you use new vocabulary. practice. prepare. but reading a presentation is unnatural. 5. Organize your thoughts and material! The more organized and focused your presentation is. 2. Speak clearly. slowly and at an appropriate level for your audience.

I found this topic interesting. 3. 5. The presenter used effective hand gestures. The introduction caught my attention. 6. The presenter spoke at a good volume. 10. 7. 4. The presenter spoke at a good pace. 2.Oral Presentations: Peer Evaluation Person Presenting: ____________________________ Please rate each of the following criteria on a scale of 1 to 5: (needs improvement)12345(good) 1. The presenter's English grammar was correct. The presenter made eye contact with me. The presenter faced the audience. 11. 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 . The conclusion wrapped up the speech. The presenter spoke clearly. The presenter appeared relaxed. 12. 9. 12. The presentation included clear information. 8. The presenter's used the correct vocabulary.

Oral Presentations: Teacher Evaluation Part One: Grammar • Verb Forms Articles Prepositions Word Choice Sentence Structure Other • • • • • Part Two: Presentation Comments � � � Grade: ______ .

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