Competency: Provide a
concrete example of how knowledge can influence a leader and the course of
Linked Core Abilities:
Take responsibility for your actions and choices
Do your share as a good citizen in your school, community, country and the
better world is possible when people acquire sufficient background
for their role as citizens of a democracy.
Tips for great presentations
- Light on speakers to connect with
- Look at your audience throughout the presentation (e.g., 5 second individual
- Keep objects away from mouth (e.g., use a wireless microphone).
animated (e.g., stimulating ideas, fluid movement, costume, props, visual
aid, powerful music/video, etc.).
passionate about your purpose (including testimony from experts can help).
- Know your material and anticipate answers to questions.
- Modify voice rate and pitch thoughtfully and naturally.
- Practice until you are calm and confident.
spontaneous and do not read notes, slides, or cards.
natural, sincere, and you will be more convincing.
presentation provides an opportunity for you to tell something about yourself.
Applying personal "Who," What, "When," "Why," and "Where" information makes your
presentation unique and personal. When you end your presentation, be sure to
leave the audience with something to think about and if applicable, a call to
Checklist for preparing a
- Select your topic and central theme.
- Learn about your audience.
- Collect data about the subject.
- Organize your presentation. Powerpoint
is an excellent tool to develop a presentation but do
not use Powerpoint during your presentation except to show pictures. Structure your presentation
with transitions (e.g., first, second, and finally).
- Design your introduction. General opening techniques:
> State importance of
> Startle the audience or
> Tell a story about a
> Ask a rhetorical
> Begin with a quotation.
> Consider using a
touch of humor in your speech.
A solid opening is to start
with a personal story that relates to the topic or state a startling fact. You
can also refer to a recent well known event or newsworthy story. A third option
is to pay a sincere compliment to the audience's organization, their profession,
- Make use of music.
your audience to participate with an activity
Write a strong conclusion.
- Print and review your
- Have a gift or prize ready to increase energy if needed.
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