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Presentation Skills Workshop given at Ss. Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje, May 2009.

Presentation Skills Workshop given at Ss. Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje, May 2009.
Offers tips and advice for making good and effective presentations.

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    • Giving Scientific and Educational Presentations in English . A Workshop
      Dr Ray Wallace
      School of Science & Technology
      Nottingham Trent University
      UNITED KINGDOM
    • “Nothing in life is more important than the ability to communicate effectively” - Gerald L. Ford
    • Abilities Shown by Good Presenters
      Information is relevant to audience
      Informationpresented is well organised
      Voiceis easily heard and free of distractions (eg. ah, umm)
      Visual aidsare used effectively
      Audiences'attention and interest are held
      Appropriate gestures and body languageare used
      Enthusiasmfor the topic is demonstrated
    • Preparation“Fail to prepare, prepare to fail” -Anonymous
    • Planning
      Why am I giving this presentation?
      What is the primary message I want to communicate?
      Who will be the audience?
      How much time do I have to talk?
      • Where is the presentation taking place?
      • What equipment is available?
      • What does the organiser expect me to discuss?
    • Organisation“If you don’t know where you’re going you could wind up someplace else” -Yogi Berra (American baseball player -one of the most quoted figures in the sports world)
    • Organisational Structure
      • Tell them who you are and where you are from
      • Tell them the context of your work
      • Tell them what you are going to tell them
      • Tell them
      • Tell them what you told them
    • Your Audience
      • Who and where - people often do not know the different societal, educational etc arrangements in different countries
      • Context - eg training - which people does your work apply to, practitioners, managers, policy makers, what is their level of understanding?
      • What are you going to talk about? Is it research, application of methodology, new technology, policies, awareness training? MAKE IT CLEAR!
    • Your Audience
      • TELL THEM THE STORY!
      • Summarise what you have said by highlighting key points -only the sharpest of people take in and MEMORISE what has been said just once, repeating reinforces the major ideas and themes which you are trying to put across
    • Verbal Communication
      Language
      Projection of Voice
      Pitch
      Pace
      Verbal Gaps
    • Non Verbal Communication
      Posture
      Stance
      Gestures
      Eye Contact
      Nervous Behaviour
      Take a Deep Breath
      Be Prepared
      Be Realistic and Positive
      Gain Experience
    • Presentation Outline - example
      • Key Statements
      • Introduction
      • Opening Comments
      • Background Information
      • Purpose or Specific Aims
      • Body
      • Materials and Methods
      • Results
      • Conclusion
      • Summary and Conclusions
      • Recommendations or Future Directions
      • Closing Comments
    • Connector Statements
      Transitions
      Internal Previews
      Internal Summaries
      Signposts
    • Delivery Methods
      Reading
      Memorising
      Impromptu
      Extemporaneously
    • Rehearsal
      • Practice
      • Dry Run
      • Dress Rehearsal
    • Aids
      CLEAR OVERHEADS
      Notes - key words or phrases on cards (use large text)
      “A picture is worth a thousand words”
      or is it?
      Handouts - can help the audience retain more information about your topic
      is a saying/cliché that comes from an old Chinese proverb
      "A Picture's Meaning Can Express Ten Thousand Words".
    • Suggested breakdown of a 10-min Educational/Scientific Talk
    • Questions Why Does the Audience Ask Questions?
      To assist you and your research
      To test your knowledge
      For clarification
      To hear themselves talk
      To gain information
      To demonstrate how knowledgeable they are
      To gain attention
    • Questions
      • Information-Seeking Questions
      Clarifying
      Technical
      Anticipatory
      Peripheral
      • Antagonistic Questions
      Loaded
      Alternative
      Multiple List
      The Set Up