Oral Presentation

ENG101 Oral Presentation

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Overview  This presentation will demonstrate your knowledge of a your development as a writer and your understanding of appropriate academic tone and deportment in oral presentations.

Aim –Choose an aim for your presentation

You will report your findings on your paper topics. Mention each of them, but choose one in particular to present. It could be your favorite or the one that gave you the biggest challenge. Try to inform the audience about the topic of your paper and the problems you had in writing it. How did you go about solving the problems?


Presentation Method

Make a Powerpoint presentation or show us your blog.

Audience  – Your real audience—members of the class

Do not act. The best presenters are natural and consider the real audience in front of them.

Format  You should

1)     Establish rapport and interest with the audience. Think of something that will interest your audience in the subject of your writing. Tell how the topic is important to listeners.

2)     Indicate the overall content and organization of the presentation

3)     Use research material to develop and support key issues

4)     Use 5-7 slides, one slide must be a title slide with the presenter’s name on it.

5)     Use 2-3 visuals (charts, tables, graphs, photos)

6)     Summarize and make a natural closing

7)     Ask for questions from the audience


Presentation Skills Consult our textbook for advice. In general, you should:

1)     Speak extemporaneously, using notes and screen only as backups. Keep good eye-contact with your audience.

2)     Speak with confidence and enthusiasm. Confidence sometimes compensates for tired, bored audiences.

3)     Dress appropriately for a business audience. Wear clothing just above that of your audience.

4)     Use your visuals effectively, including charts, tables, graphs, and photos to help listeners understand the issues.

5)     Use your research to provide evidence and examples that help your listeners understand the issues.

6)     Demonstrate effective use of visuals. That is, don’t put white text on light backgrounds, etc.

7)     Minimize distractions, including annoying hand or body gestures, embarrassment fillers (uh, ummm, ya know), distracting sounds from the computer, computer animation without purpose for helping listeners understand or follow the reasoning.

8)     Demonstrate the fact that you have prepared well and taken time to practice

9)     Stay within the time limits, 10-12 minutes

10) If this is a team effort, EVERY MEMBER of the team should take a turn talking.

Do’s and Don’t’s

  • If you are the person changing the slides, DO NOT click the mouse when you partner is talking,
  • Do not move the mouse around; it will show up moving on the screen and distract the audience. KEEP YOUR HAND OFF THE MOUSE.
  • Do not go to the next slide until the speaker tells you to. Sit quietly. You are not in charge at this point.
  • Practice with the keyboard or clicker, so you don’t look foolish in front of the class.
  • DO NOT move around and/or talk to other non-speakers. Do not laugh or make comments. Be absolutely like stones. Let the speaker have all the attention.
  • If you are the presenter, DO NOT stand behind the computer.
  • Do not turn to look at the screen in front or at the computer screen, DO look at the audience. (You may have note cards.)
  • Do speak in a loud voice, but not yelling.
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