Oral Presentations


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As undergraduate engineers it is inevitable that you will, during your undergraduate course, be required to deliver a presentation as part of an assessed module, for example, a group coursework assignment or final year project. You may be required to deliver a presentation as part of a recruitment exercise and it is likely that this skill will be required by future employers.

This comprehensive handout provides information starting with the initial preparation that is required through to the day of your presentation. A checklist of important points is also included.

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    1. 1. Oral Presentations Workshop Add your name here Add your Email address here © Loughborough University 2009. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 License . <ul><li>Please note that this resource is accompanied by a text document and is part of five workshops on Key Skills for Engineering undergraduates. </li></ul><ul><li>The other workshops are: </li></ul><ul><li>Working in Groups – 90 - 120 minutes </li></ul><ul><li>Technical Report Writing - 90 minutes </li></ul><ul><li>Sourcing Material and Writing a Literature Review – 90 - 120 minutes </li></ul><ul><li>Preparing for Placement – 120 - 150 minutes. </li></ul><ul><li>Please note there is also an introductory document providing general instructions on the workshops. </li></ul>
    2. 2. Aims and Objectives <ul><li>AIMS </li></ul><ul><li>To raise awareness of the different ways of delivering an oral presentation </li></ul><ul><li>OBJECTIVES </li></ul><ul><li>To produce and deliver a professional oral presentation </li></ul>
    3. 3. Introduction <ul><li>Look at all the stages that contribute to giving a good oral presentation </li></ul><ul><li>Look at pitfalls for the unwary </li></ul><ul><li>Look at what makes a presentation professional </li></ul>
    4. 4. Before we start – Task 1 <ul><li>Introduce yourselves to those sitting in your group </li></ul><ul><li>Name your group </li></ul><ul><li>Introduce your group to everyone at the workshop </li></ul>
    5. 5. Sections of the Workshop <ul><li>1. Preparation </li></ul><ul><li>2. Design </li></ul><ul><li>3. Delivery </li></ul><ul><li>4. Going ‘Live’ </li></ul>
    6. 6. Section 1: Preparation <ul><li>Visual Aids </li></ul><ul><li>Audience and Location </li></ul><ul><li>Know your subject </li></ul><ul><li>General guidance </li></ul>
    7. 7. Preparation - visual aids <ul><li>PowerPoint </li></ul><ul><li>Overhead Projector </li></ul><ul><li>Blackboard or Whiteboard </li></ul><ul><li>Flipchart </li></ul>
    8. 8. Preparation – audience and location <ul><li>Students, Lecturers, Potential Employers or the General Public? </li></ul><ul><li>Formal or Informal? </li></ul><ul><li>Seating arrangements </li></ul><ul><li>Size of venue </li></ul>
    9. 9. Preparation – know your subject <ul><li>Research the topic for your presentation </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid too much detail </li></ul><ul><li>If you don’t understand it then don’t include it </li></ul>
    10. 10. Task 2 <ul><li>In your group make a list of topics </li></ul><ul><li>which you are all familiar with, e.g., a </li></ul><ul><li>hobby, life at university. Then </li></ul><ul><li>select one topic to use as the subject for </li></ul><ul><li>a short oral presentation. </li></ul>
    11. 11. Section 2: Design <ul><li>Getting started </li></ul><ul><li>Preparation of visual aids </li></ul><ul><li>Handouts </li></ul>
    12. 12. Design – getting started <ul><li>Draft plan </li></ul><ul><li>Key points </li></ul><ul><li>Time available </li></ul><ul><li>Logical progression </li></ul>
    13. 13. Design – preparation of visual aids <ul><li>Information </li></ul><ul><li>Font size </li></ul><ul><li>Appearance </li></ul><ul><li>Tips and Hints </li></ul>
    14. 14. Design – handouts <ul><li>Paper handouts </li></ul><ul><li>Models </li></ul><ul><li>Passing round objects </li></ul>
    15. 15. Task 3 <ul><li>Each group to prepare the script for an oral presentation on their chosen topic. </li></ul>
    16. 16. Section 3: Delivery <ul><li>Memory aids </li></ul><ul><li>Voice and body language </li></ul><ul><li>Practice </li></ul><ul><li>Group presentations </li></ul>
    17. 17. Delivery – memory aids <ul><li>Without memory aids </li></ul><ul><li>Using notes or prompts </li></ul><ul><li>With a full script </li></ul>
    18. 18. Delivery – voice and body language <ul><li>Speed of delivery </li></ul><ul><li>Pitch of voice </li></ul><ul><li>Where to stand </li></ul><ul><li>Eye contact and smile </li></ul><ul><li>Hand gestures and posture </li></ul>
    19. 19. Delivery – practice <ul><li>Practice on your own </li></ul><ul><li>Practice with friends </li></ul><ul><li>Recognise and overcome bad habits </li></ul>
    20. 20. Delivery – group presentations <ul><li>Communication </li></ul><ul><li>Familiarity </li></ul><ul><li>Timing </li></ul><ul><li>Introductions and handing over to other group members </li></ul>
    21. 21. Task 4 <ul><li>Prepare a visual aid or aids for your presentation and practice delivering it. </li></ul>
    22. 22. Section 4: Going ‘Live’ <ul><li>The equipment </li></ul><ul><li>Room layout </li></ul><ul><li>First impressions </li></ul><ul><li>Taking questions </li></ul>
    23. 23. Summary <ul><li>1. We’ve looked at: Preparation, Design, Delivery and Going ‘Live’. </li></ul><ul><li>2. Remember the KISS Principle: Keep it Short and Sweet. </li></ul>
    24. 24. Task 5 <ul><li>Each group to deliver their oral </li></ul><ul><li>presentation. </li></ul>
    25. 25. Finally <ul><li>Remember: </li></ul><ul><li>Practice, practice and more practice. </li></ul><ul><li>Good Luck! </li></ul>
    26. 26. <ul><li>This resource was created by Glynis Perkin, Loughborough University and released as an open educational resource through the Open Engineering Resources project of the HE Academy Engineering Subject Centre. The Open Engineering Resources project was funded by HEFCE and part of the JISC/HE Academy UKOER programme. </li></ul><ul><li>© 2009 Loughborough University </li></ul><ul><li>This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 License . </li></ul><ul><li>The name of Loughborough University, and Loughborough University logo are the name and registered marks of the Loughborough University. To the fullest extent permitted by law Loughborough University reserves all its rights in its name and marks which may not be used except with its written permission. </li></ul><ul><li>The JISC logo is licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-No Derivative Works 2.0 UK: England & Wales Licence.  All reproductions must comply with the terms of that licence. </li></ul><ul><li>The HEA logo is owned by the Higher Education Academy Limited may be freely distributed and copied for educational purposes only, provided that appropriate acknowledgement is given to the Higher Education Academy as the copyright holder and original publisher. </li></ul>