Sunday, July 4, 2010

Presentations & Public Speaking

Presentations & Public Speaking
Learn how to give presentation or speak in public in English. This tutorial guides you step by step through the process of making a presentation, from preparation to conclusion and questions.
Business Presentations & Public Speaking in English
A presentation is a formal talk to one or more people that "presents" ideas or information in a clear, structured way. People are sometimes afraid of speaking in public, but if you follow a few simple rules, giving a presentation is actually very easy. This tutorial guides you through each stage of giving a presentation in English, from the initial preparation to the conclusion and questions and answers. This tutorial is itself set out like a mini-presentation. You can follow it logically by starting at the Introduction and then clicking on the link at the foot of each page, or you can jump direct to the section you want from the list of contents on each page.
All presentations have common objective. People give presentations because they want to communicate in order to:
•    Inform
•    Train
•    Persuade
•    Sell
A successful presentation is ane of the most effecive ways of communicating your message. And because English is so widely used in international business, a working knowledge of the vocabulary and techniques used in an English language presentation is a valuable asset.
We will start by exploring
The importance of preparation.
After that, we will consider
What equipment to use.
Then we will look at
How to "deliver" a presentation.
After delivery, we will examine
The language of presentations,
Before moving on to
The presentation itself.
Finally, we will conclude with
Review of what we have covered.
Afterwards, you will be invited to
Take a test and ask questions.
presentation and public speaking

Can you name the 3 most important things when giving any presentation?
Number 1 is . . . Preparation!
Number 2 is . . . Preparation!
Number 3 is . . . Preparation!!
Preparation is everything!
With good preparation and planning you will be totally confident and less nervous. And your audience will feel your confidence. Your audience, too, will be confident. They will be confident in you . And this will give you control. Control of your audience and of your presentation. With control, you will be 'in charge' and your audience will listen positively to your message.
Before you start prepare a presentation, you should ask yourself: "Why am I making this presentation?" Do you need to inform , to persuade, to train or to sell? Your objective should be clear in your mind. If it is not clear in your mind, it cannot possibly be clear to your audience.
"Who am I making this presentation to?" Sometimes this will be obvious, but not always. You should try to inform yourself. How many people? Who are they? Business people? Professional people? Political people? Experts or non-experts? Will it be small, intimate group of 4 colleagues or a large gathering of 400 competitors? How much do they know already and what will they expect from you?
"Where am I making this presentation?" In a small hotel meeting-room or a large conference hall? What facilities and equipment are available? What are the seating arrangements?
Time and length
"When am I making this presentation and how long will it be?" Will it be 5 minutes or 1 hour? Just before lunch, when your audience will be hungry, or just after lunch, when your audience will be sleepy?
How should I make this presentation?" What approach should you use? Formal or informal? Lots of visual aids or only a few? Will you include some anecdotes and humour for variety?

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