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ENGLISH: Presentation Skills: Giving a
Lessons Objectives: This
lesson is designed to improve students general ability to make speeches.
When Planning And Giving A Presentation,
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.
Always introduce yourself and your topic first.
If you have a set amount of time then stick to it and remember to leave
enough time for questions from the audience.
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
Pronounce each word carefully, avoiding slang. Do not say "you
know", "and so on", "so-so", etc.
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.
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 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
At the end of your presentation, thank your audience for their time and ask
if they have any questions.