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  • ACUI – 4-10 (7) ACUI Region - 3, 5-9 (6) DTD - 5-10, 8,10 (8) Toastmasters – 0, 1, 2, 5, 6 (5) Other – EMS, Promodel, ACPA, IPDS, AFA Drive-in, Stu Org drive-in, Greek advisorx2, FYE (9)
  • Stand up if… This is your first ACUI Presented before/not yet You’ve ever spoken in public You’ve ever been nervous or stressed about speaking in public
  • There is merit in the “low-tech” presentation True Colors Dr Bob’s handouts and overheads Try not to step in front of the projector
  • Confidence will never eliminate nervousness – it will help you learn to control it Never sit on the table or behind the table – a little TOO casual
  • Often the accurate answer to a usage question begins, "It depends." And what it depends on most often is where you are, who you are, who your listeners or readers are, and what your purpose in speaking or writing is. -Kenneth G. Wilson, usage writer (b. 1923)
  • Hillary – actually Me – “and stuff like that” “ British Humor” – joke that falls flat (Susan Litton) “ This is going to be awful, but…”
  • Don’t apologize for missing information, or if you are under the weather Do apologize for A/V issues, ambient noise or temperature
  • Remove name tags that hang or might get in the way
  • Customize material for your audience People don’t want to see you fail Don’t feel pressure to be a professional – do try to be a prepared presenter
  • “ Our students have done over 400 hours of service” “ Many people meet their new best friend…vs. look to your left and right. You may be sitting next to your new roommate” See eye-to-eye with your group; working hand-in-hand; Don’t hold your tongue – ask questions!
  • Potential Table-Topics questions: Why did you decide to attend OSU/your institution? Describe your favorite family get-together (real or potential) What will you miss most after graduation/over the summer while you are away from campus If people were to create a TV show about your life or world, what would it be about? Tell a favorite story from or about your hometown
  • The trick to effective panels/roundtables is to NOT be the dominant voice in the room, but be the thread that ties thoughts together. Okay to sit in this situation – may be preferred
  • The trick to effective panels/roundtables is to NOT be the dominant voice in the room, but be the thread that ties thoughts together. Okay to sit in this situation – may be preferred
  • The trick to effective panels/roundtables is to NOT be the dominant voice in the room, but be the thread that ties thoughts together. Okay to sit in this situation – may be preferred
  • Public speaking 2010

    1. 1. Butterflies, PowerPoint, and the ‘Perfect’ Presentation Jeff Pelletier The Ohio State UniversityPresentation available online at
    2. 2. Your Parting Gifts Who are we – Why are we here What is a presentation Five rules for a better presentation Dress and appearance Some tricks to use; some to avoid But first…your initial questions
    3. 3. A Little About Me Boston College, BA Computer Science, 1994 The Ohio State University, MA Higher Education and Student Affairs, 2004 8 years experience with US Navy 10 years, Ohio Union Staff 7 years, Delta Tau Delta 8 years, Toastmasters International 35+ conferences attended
    4. 4. A little More… 37 years, Red Sox fan 10 marathons completed Proud Pug Parent!
    5. 5. What is a Presentation? Four types of Presentations – Informative – Inspirational – Entertaining – Persuasive The Military Model
    6. 6. Five Fundamental Principles Stay focused Keep it short, finish early – “Finish speaking before your audience finishes listening.” Know the purpose and make it useful Judicious use of media Practice, practice, practice
    7. 7. Make it Useful Collect information ahead of time – What does the audience want to hear? – What does the space look like?* Use language the audience will understand Avoid acronyms
    8. 8. PowerPoint AbuseJust Because you can Mean
    9. 9. PowerPoint Do you need A/V? 4 bullets, 6 words Reading from slides or notes – pause* Dark background and light fonts Adjust lighting if possible Have a backup plan
    10. 10. Some Tricks to Practice Greet audience members Eye contact* Speak slowly, clearly, accurately Look for a friendly face, look for head nods Move around the podium or stand up Use of nonverbals
    11. 11. Important Elements ofCommunication Your Guess ActualWords ??? 7%Tone ??? 38%Visual ??? 55%
    12. 12. Some Pitfalls to Watch ForIN your control: “Crutch” words - um, ah, like, you know… Swallowing your words Humor – use and misuse Don’t confuse your listeners* Don’t sell yourself short Relax and harness nervous energy
    13. 13. Some Pitfalls to Watch ForNOT in your control: Sleepers! Co-presenters Room abuse THAT audience member
    14. 14. Dress and Appearance Always ask about appropriate dress for the occasion Always dress one notch better The rule of 12… Watch out for accessories
    15. 15. Connect with the Audience Ask open ended questions Six degrees of separation…connect Give them reasons to like you But first…any initial questions? I dont know – Can I get back to you? Be honest and be yourself
    16. 16. Connect with the Audience Use “people words” Personalize statistics Body references Conversational phrases Name games
    17. 17. Written Presentations Jeff’s Top Ten List of Written Crazymakers1. CAPS LOCK2. Excessive punctuation!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!3. Emoticons   ;-) 8-)4. Grammar and capitalization in e-mail5. Don’t forget subject line, attachments
    18. 18. Written Presentations Jeff’s Top Ten List of Written Crazymakers6. Make signature line appropriate7. Double check pertinent information (date, time, location)8. Practical font and background9. Avoid vernacular, jargon, abbreviation10. “Webster’s defines…”
    19. 19. Tell em what you told em We established the speakers credentials We discussed what is a presentation 5 Rules Military Briefing Dress and appearance Some tips you can use How to choose and present your topic
    20. 20. Good Luck With Future Presentations!Special thanks to:- Keith Steiner (Delta Tau Delta)- Michael Hevel (Association of Fraternity Advisors)- Corbin Smyth (Association of College Unions International)- Kevin Johnston, Tennille-Lynn Milo (Toastmasters International)- George Brymer (author, Vital Integrities) Jeff Pelletier 614-688-INFO (4636) Presentation available at:
    21. 21. Panels and Roundtables Introduce the topic at hand, and have some guiding thoughts/questions to get things started Allow time for processing questions (to ask or to answer) Okay to wander from a set agenda, provided: – The group is being productive – Not too much time on one particular issue Watch for dominant/quiet participants Consider a recorder/minute-keeper
    22. 22. Leading/Serving on A Panel Select panelists with varied experience, knowledge, generation, or location Repeat questions from audience for all to hear Not every question needs to be answered by all Time limit on presentation, and answers Summarize to close the session
    23. 23. Roundtables Quick introduction of participants Five types of questions: – Overhead – Direct – Relay – Open-ended – Closed-ended/Show of Hands Watch for side-conversations after group has moved on End early to encourage direct follow-up
    24. 24. Connect IN the Audience It’s okay to smile Nodding off vs. nodding in assent It’s okay to laugh! Resist the temptation to be “that audience member” Follow-up after the session
    25. 25. Written Presentations Michael’s Top Ten List of Written Crazymakers11. Take time to write12. Proofread13. Citation style14. Inclusive language15. Adverbs, contractions, passive voice
    26. 26. Being a Good Listener Four types of listening – Engaged – Thoughtful – Combative – Absent Hear – Understand – Interpret – Respond Don’t think about your response while listening
    27. 27. Turning Experience into aPresentation Practice into Theory What does your audience want to hear? Why are they listening? What are your own abilities?
    28. 28. National Conferences – “TheBig Show” No prerequisites – just desire and material Start early to finish Regional as Rehearsal Offer to present on campus (HR Departments) Find your local Toastmasters club