WELCOME TO FALMOUTH Presentation Skills & Public Speaking

WELCOME TO FALMOUTH Presentation Skills & Public Speaking

WELCOME TO FALMOUTH Presentation Skills & Public Speaking Tips Jon Christie Careers Consultant Session objectives

Why presentation skills are essential Identifying presentation fears Characteristics of an effective presentation How to structure an effective presentation Techniques for maintaining audience interest Identifying symptoms of nerves Techniques for coping with nerves

Types of Presentations Academic Group / Team accredited, project report Solo Doctoral and Masters viva, oral examination Extra-curricular Social networking Clubs / Societies / Groups Information, coaching Career Job Interviews

Reporting to Staff / Team meetings Clients pitches / Customer service Professional Networking Media How important are Presentation Skills? Exercise What situations may require you to use

your presentations skills, now and in the future? How do you present yourself? Many people believe decisions at job Interviews are made on: 55% body language 38% voice 7% words

First impressions count ! What makes an effective presentation? Group Exercise Evaluate the following presentation http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KgObza4ek1U Put your points into themes: Content Delivery (behaviour / body language / tone of voice of

presenter(s) Resources Who likes giving presentations ? Exercise What are your fears and reservations about making presentations? What would you like to improve? List these individually first

Discuss and collate a list in groups Presentation preparation Clear objectives what do you want to achieve?

Tailor your presentation for your audience needs learning styles and age will effect the format, length and interaction required List key messages - information you need to include

Know your material Select your material carefully - pertinent points and supplement with other material if time allows Presentation preparation Structure Your Presentation

Intro: who you are, purpose of presentation, benefits to audience. IMPACT! Middle: key messages, arrange content in themes/sections Conclusion /summary: key message/call to action Presentation plan with timings copy of slides with timings and duration of exercise. Practice, practice, practice! Power Point what not to do!

www.youtube.com/watch?v=lpvgfmEU2Ck Tips on Presentation Style Positive body language posture, gestures, eye contact Voice project to back of room, tone and language Emphasize key messages in an interesting way startling statistic or famous quotation image or video clip

personal stories or anecdotes Ask questions - involves, establishes rapport, helps support your arguments, gain feedback Watch and learn from other presenters replicate what they do well Plan Pace Impact Interaction

Who gets nervous giving Presentations? How do nerves manifest themselves? What are the symptoms? Coping with nerves 1 Control Uncertainty Wear comfortable and appropriate clothing

Arrive early to set up Test technical resources and have contingency plan if technology fails (e.g. access Internet) Use crib cards with brief notes if you find it difficult to speak to slides Prepare responses to anticipated questions Practice under pressure. Confidence will grow with practise with your material and audiences Coping with nerves 2

Adrenalin channel the energy positively Deep breathing - adrenalin causes shallow breathing and voice quivers. Breathing deeply helps your brain get the oxygen it needs. The slower pace will trick your body into believing youre calmer Drink water - a dry mouth can lead to getting tongue-tied Meditation and relaxation techniques Use visualization techniques imagine an audience thats interested, smiling, and reacting positively. Recall this positive

image before your presentation Coping with nerves 3 Smile natural relaxant, sends positive chemicals through body Before you start talking - pause, make eye contact, smile. Moment of peace, relaxes, gives you time to adjust to being the centre of attention. Speak slower than you would in a conversation and leave longer pauses between sentences. Slower, calmer, pace - easier to

hear at the back of a room Move around during your presentation - helps to expend nervous energy Practice Practice Practice Practice

Objectives covered Why presentation skills are essential Identifying presentation fears Characteristics of an effective presentation How to structure an effective presentation Techniques for maintaining audience interest Identifying symptoms of nerves Techniques for coping with nerves

Resources https:// www.ted.com/playlists/226/before_public_sp eaking TED Amy Cuddy Your body language may shape who you are https:// www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newCS_96

.htm Questions Extra exercise if needed The BBC has announced an Award for Best Presenter in the World Group Exercise: Choose a public figure (dead or alive) you admire as a good presenter or public speaker.

Prepare and deliver a 1 minute presentation to justify why your nomination should win the Award to the rest of your group. Decide the winner in your group based on the strength of the presentation NOT the nominee. Exercise Reflect and review your performance

Complete your SWOT - Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats https://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newCS_96.htm

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