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ENGLISH: Public Speaking Skills - Giving a Speech or Presentation
Lessons Objectives: This
lesson is designed to improve students general ability to make speeches.
When Planning And Giving A Presentation,
Practice Your Presentation: Practice your
presentation, by yourself or with a friend. This will give you confidence,
but do not practice too much or the presentation will seem false.
Introduce Yourself: Always introduce yourself
and your topic first.
Timing: If you have a set amount of time then
stick to it and remember to leave enough time for questions from the
Body Language: Make sure that you have a proper
posture, stand up or sit straight, don't cross your arms or legs, you will
not appear as being sincere and people just will not accept your message. Be
enthusiastic about your presentation and remember to smile, this will help
to relieve some of the stress. Remember to make eye contact with your
audience. Never read your presentation - this is boring and you will lose
the attention of your audience.
Pronunciation: Pronounce each word carefully,
avoiding slang. Do not say "you know", "and so on",
Pitch & Volume: Pitch refers to the highs
and lows of the voice. Whatever you do, you must avoid a monotone! Speak as
loudly and clearly as you can to make sure that all the members in your
audience can hear your presentation.
Speed: The speed, or pace, is an important
variable to control. Pausing is also important. When you want to emphasize a
certain word, pause for one second before; this highlights the word.
Variance: Variance of vocal elements is the
most important consideration of all! Vary the elements of your voice. Try to
change your pitch, volume, and speed at least once every 30 seconds, if only
for just one word. This keeps the class listening to your presentation, if
for no other reason than it sounds interesting!
Thanks: At the end of your presentation, thank
your audience for their time and ask if they have any questions.