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Dee Oseroff-Varnell and Mary M.Dalton, (Department of Communication) have produced a unique series of instructional videotapes that focus on oral presentations. Their goal was to develop a set of instructional tools for students who are required to make oral presentations for their classes but do not have any formal public speaking training. These short videos offer tips for constructing and delivering a variety of types of presentations. The numerous "real life" examples used in these tapes specifically target college students. RealPlayer is required to view these presentations. You may download it from this link.
Identifies three important building blocks of effective speaking: researching your topic, organizing your information, and preparing your note cards.
Examines four basic components of a formal speech: the introduction, transitions, the body, and the conclusion.
Identifies demographic and situational factors in an audience that students should consider as they prepare an oral presentation.
Focuses on four aspects of nonverbal communication in an oral presentation: appearance, facial expressions, gestures, and movement.
Offers a variety of examples for student presentations: the formal speech, a demonstration, debate, and role play.
Examines how to build an argument in your presentation by stating a claim, backing it up with different types of evidence, and using reasoning to link the claim and the evidence.
Explains why we feel nervous when we speak and how to combat that anxiety in a speaking situation.
Gives the student some guidelines for preparing and using powerpoint in an oral presentation to improve clarity, understanding, and overall effectiveness.
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