Friday, May 13, 2011

Presentation skill - How to prepare and sample presentation

I. Handling Presentations

Presentations must have a clear and realistic purpose. The purpose of your presentation indicates how you want to achieve the aim of your presentation. The purpose can be: to describe, to instruct, to persuade or to entertain.


In this type of presentation the aim is usually to give information or explain a situation. The content is often rather general and factual. When the speech is over the audience should
have knowledge that they did not have before they started listening.


In this type of presentation the aim is to teach the audience knowledge and skills. After the presentation the listener should be able to do something he did not know how to do.


In this type of presentation the aim is to stimulate people to do something. After the presentation you want the listener to believe something he did not believe before he started listening.


In this type of presentation the aim is to entertain people. The aim of this type of presentation is mostly to make the audience feel happy, but there may be hidden goals. For example, to reveal
important truths or move ideas forward.A Crucial element in this type is humour. For most people it is very difficult to give a humorous presentation because the humour is not spontaneous.

Task 1: Read this introduction to a presentation. Choose the correct word or phrases in italics:

Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen and welcome (1) in/to/ for our seminar on corporate property development. I would like to (2) begin/starting/commence by (3) drawing /telling/ outlining some of the main (4) explanations/matters/issues in corporate property management (5) so that/for/in order you will be able to judge whether your company is devoting sufficient time to this question.

I will then (6) look/turn/change to some of the legal and financial (7) queries/aspects/pieces of property management, and will (8) tell /look/explain how your companies may be affected by
current and future legislation. I will (9) illustrate/give examples/ discuss of the kinds of problems our clients have faced and explain what was done to solve them.

I will finish (10) by/with/giving a brief resume of the consultancy services that we offer, and I will explain what you (11) need/shall/should do if you would like to look into the matter further.

As we are rather (12) hurried/pressed/short for time, I would be grateful if you could (13) rest/stay/save any questions you may wish to (14) rise/raise/arise until the end, when I will (15) do/ make/have my best to answer them.

Task 2: The introductions to two different presentations are jumbled below. Separate the two and put them in the correct order.

a. At the end, I will suggest practical ways in which you as students can motivate yourselves to get better marks.
b. Good morning students and welcome to our session on the dynamics of motivation.
c. Then I will give you a short demonstration of our prototype and explain what we have already achieved.
d. Please feel free to raise any questions at any time and I shall do my best to answer them.
e. To begin with, I shall outline the main goals of the project.
f. I would like to ask you to keep any questions you may have until the end, when I hope we will also have the time to discuss your personal experiences.
g. Finally I shall move on to the major commercial applications and potential return on investment.
h. I will then return to what we really mean by motivation and look at the internal and external factors that play a part in creating it.
i. Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen. I would like to talk to you this afternoon about why we feel our interactive video project is worth investing in.
j. I shall begin by looking at why motivation is so important and why the ability to self-motivate oneself is a vital skill.

Task 3: Prepare a 3minute presentation on any one topic given below:

a. Your plans for the future
b. Aziz Premji
c. Motivation

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