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Life hacking your presentation preparation

  1. 1. Life-hacking Your Presentation Preparation Stanley Lee UBC IEEE Toastmasters Club
  2. 2. About the Presenter • Current Club President • Founding charter member • Membership w/ diverse backgrounds • IEEE = Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (the UBC Student Branch is a sponsor) • Professionally: writer and college success consultant
  3. 3. Benefits of This Workshop • Simplified procedures • Effective content and delivery • Time efficiency
  4. 4. Overall Procedure • Content Preparation (50%) • Practice (50%)
  5. 5. Content Preparation (in 5 Simple Steps)
  6. 6. Step 1: Determine Your Topic • Don’t rush to confirm on the title yet • Same goes for your take-home message in introduction and conclusion • Answer this question (feel free to refine later in the process): What do you want to talk about?
  7. 7. Step 1: Determine Your Topic • As an example for this workshop, pretend the topic is chosen to be bicycle helmets
  8. 8. Step 2: Select Supporting Points • List 3 supporting points for your presentation (listeners can only remember that many points) • Add supporting evidence with sufficient citations to clarify, emphasize, and prove the fact/idea it supports • Support material including statistics, testimony, examples/stories/anecdotes, visual aids, facts
  9. 9. Step 2: Select Supporting Points • Topic: bicycle helmets • Supporting points – Safety research and statistics showing helmets benefits – Studies of traffic accidents involving cyclists in jurisdiction w/ regulations vs. those w/o regulations • Australian study of mandatory regulations (http://www.cycle- helmets.com/helmet_damage.html) – Common sense cyclists
  10. 10. Step 3: Draft an Introduction • You want to pique the interest from your audience on your topic • You want to make sure it’s short but memorable • Examples: question or challenging statement, quotation or story, display object or image, statistics
  11. 11. Step 3: Draft an Introduction • Topic: bicycle helmets • Introduction: Arguments about bicycle helmets are not as straight-forward as you think • Supporting points – Safety research and statistics showing helmets benefits – Studies of traffic accidents involving cyclists in jurisdiction w/ regulations vs. those w/o regulations • Australian study of mandatory regulations (http://www.cycle- helmets.com/helmet_damage.html) – Common sense cyclists
  12. 12. Step 4: Draft a Conclusion • What behaviors do you want your audience to change as a result of your presentation, if anything?
  13. 13. Step 4: Draft a Conclusion • Topic: bicycle helmets • Introduction: Arguments about bicycle helmets are not as straight-forward as you think • Supporting points – Safety research and statistics showing helmets benefits – Studies of traffic accidents involving cyclists in jurisdiction w/ regulations vs. those w/o regulations • Australian study of mandatory regulations (http://www.cycle- helmets.com/helmet_damage.html) – Common sense cyclists • Conclusion: Just b/c you wear helmets doesn’t mean you’re immune to serious injury. But not wearing one will surely jeopardize your head if you run into an accident.
  14. 14. Step 5: Name a Catchy Title • Why? You need it to attract your audience! • Typical ways to attract them: – Benefit providing (audience attend b/c your talk has something to offer for them) – Controversy (there’s minimal difference between audience who react positively and negatively with respect to attracting attention)
  15. 15. Step 5: Name a Catchy Title • Topic: bicycle helmets • Title: Helmets does not Equal Injury Immunity • Introduction: Arguments about bicycle helmets are not as straight-forward as you think • Supporting points – Safety research and statistics showing helmets benefits – Studies of traffic accidents involving cyclists in jurisdiction w/ regulations vs. those w/o regulations • Australian study of mandatory regulations (http://www.cycle- helmets.com/helmet_damage.html) – Common sense cyclists • Conclusion: Just b/c you wear helmets doesn’t mean you’re immune to serious injury. But not wearing one will surely jeopardize your head if you run into an accident.
  16. 16. Overall Procedure • Content Preparation (50%) • Practice (50%)
  17. 17. Practice
  18. 18. Practice: General Tips • Separate content preparation and practice into its own work sessions  maximize your attention • Film your practice session with a camera (e.g. camcorder, digital point-and-shoot camera, smartphones)
  19. 19. Practice: General Tips • Critique areas of improvement to improve your credibility • Repeat the process for the next round of practices on a different session (ideally different days, at the minimum after a meal break)
  20. 20. Overall Procedure • Content Preparation (50%) • Practice (total: 50%) – First round (30%) – Second round (15%) – Third round (2.5%) – And so on…
  21. 21. About the Club • It’s one thing to learn the techniques of this workshop • Execution quality is a different matter (public speaking is like personal fitness) • You can have the opportunity to practice the different types of speaking (e.g. job interviews, keynote presentations, sales pitches, etc.) on a regular basis with peer feedback during weekly club meetings
  22. 22. About the Club • Details: – Where? Fred Kaiser Building, Room 2020/2030 – When? Mondays, 15:00 to 16:00 • Also check out other clubs by going to www.d21toastmasters.ca
  23. 23. Supplementary Material • If you leave your email after this workshop, you will receive the following supplementary material electronically (regardless whether you join the club or not): – Presentation planning worksheet for the example – Blank presentation planning worksheet for your own presentations (for projects or research thesis)
  24. 24. Questions?

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