Oral Presentations

Oral Presentation

Audience: Consider your audience as you develop your presentation. What does this audience know? What should this audience know? What does this audience care about? What will this audience find interesting? What do you want your audience to walk away knowing?

Purpose: The purpose of your individual sections (5 minutes) will be to present your most interesting/relevant research findings.

Organization: Not only will your presentation be organized, but you’ll need to make this organization evident to your audience through some kind of visual (powerpoint, handout, list on the board). Verbal transitions need to be included (“first,” “finally” etc).

Content: Main findings need to be clearly stated. Examples and support for these main findings need to be provided as such.

Delivery: Speaker is audible and uses voice inflection to contribute to meaning. Language and mannerisms are “professional.” Speaker maintains eye contact with audience, talking from outline rather than reading. The speaker is enthusiastic and serious.

1) Group provides adequate visual outline (one power point, one handout etc.)
2) Group introduction and conclusion appropriate to individual topics (clearly states connection between individual topics)
3) Each presenter’s role is clearly defined
4) Group is able to address audience questions

Individual presenters:
1) Content: presentation lasts about 5 minutes and presents relevant research findings clearly; examples/evidence in support of these main findings are presented as support. A bibliography is included.
2) Organization: The speech is well organized. The audience is given verbal clues (transitional words) and perhaps visual clues (powerpoint etc.) to follow.
3) Delivery: Voice is audible and uses inflection to help with meaning. Speaker mainly looks at audience instead of at notes (no reading). Eye contact is maintained. Gestures and language choice would be considered “professional.” There is some enthusiasm and seriousness in the presentation.
4) The speaker is still “on” when group members or audience are talking.

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