Shortcut - Talking Course 2: Oral Presentations

An oral presentation can be about almost anything: a place, event, person, book, film, etc.  It can have many purposes. It can be a very effective way of telling people about new ideas and information.

Nerves
Do you feel nervous when you have to speak in front of a group of people? Most people do. The best way to deal with nerves is by being well prepared. That means knowing what you are going to say and how you are going to make your presentation.

Talk – don’t read!
Don’t read from a page when you are having an oral presentation! The audience will lose interest if you aren’t looking at them. In an oral presentation, the speaker talks directly to the audience. If you use notes, they should only be keywords.

Using visual aids
Visual aids are things you show while you are talking. Pictures and objects can be good visual aids. You can also use a PowerPoint, but don’t have too much on your PowerPoint slides. Don’t write long sentences, just key words and phrases.

Your English
Don’t worry too much about your English. You should focus more on what you have to say than how you are saying it. Try not to speak too quickly. Slow down and take a deep breath.

Opening and closing
Start with a general introduction to the topic. Why have you chosen this topic? In your closing, focus on this again and make sure the audience knows what is most important about the topic.

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