Presentations that Persuade, Engage, and Get Results

Presentations that Persuade, Engage, and Get Results

Are you satisfied with your presentation skills?

Even with a great power point there are no guarantees you’ll impress your audience.

This ESL lesson will improve your English speaking skills and teach you to deliver a powerful presentation.

It also offers tips for public speaking you won’t want to miss!

Part I: Let’s Chat about the Photo

[ESL LESSON] Presentations that Persuade, Engage, and Get Results

1. Is the man presenting to colleagues or clients?

2. Who is taking notes in their books?

3. What is the presenter doing to convey his point?

4. What does the body language of the audience tell you?

5. Would you prefer a whiteboard or a power point to present?

Part II: Take the Survey and Talk About It

1. When was the last time you gave a presentation?

  • Yesterday
  • Days ago
  • Last week
  • Last month
  • Months ago
  • Last year
  • Never

2. What type of presentation was it?

  • Business
  • Academic
  • Personal

3. What was the objective of your presentation?

  • To inform
  • To entertain
  • To inspire/motivate
  • To persuade
  • Another objective

4. What was the subject of your presentation?

  • A job subject
  • A hobby or activity I enjoy
  • A subject I study
  • Something else

5. Will you need to give another presentation sooner or later?

  • Yes
  • No

6. What type of presentation might it be?

  • Business
  • Academic
  • Personal

7. What might be the objective of your next presentation?

  • To inform
  • To entertain
  • To inspire/motivate
  • To persuade
  • Another objective

8. What might be the subject of your next presentation?

  • A job subject
  • A hobby or activity I enjoy
  • A subject I study
  • Something else

9. Select 1 topic below and be prepared to present in class for 3-5 minutes.

  • I enjoy my job…. and here are 3 reasons why.
  • My favourite hobby is….. and here are 3 reasons why.
  • Everyone should do….. and here are 3 reasons why.
  • Why I like…. and here are 3 reasons why.
  • How to do something…. in 3-5 easy steps.
  • Topic of your choice…. with at least 3 key points.
  • Bring in one of your previous business presentations.

10. In your presentation remember to include an Introduction, 3 Main Points, and a Conclusion.

Part III: Share Your Opinions

[ESL LESSON] Presentations that Persuade, Engage, and Get Results 2

Discuss the Photo

1. Can you tell if the woman presenting is nervous or calm?

2. What do you think of her visuals?

3. Would you prefer to sit down or stand up while presenting?

Discussion Activity

Whether you’re asked to deliver a presentation at work, school, or for social purposes, there are a few common points to remember.

The best presentation skills courses will teach you the following skills for improvisation, which are extremely important when public speaking.

Which skills could you have improved upon in previous presentations?

Compare and discuss these skills with your instructor and peers and rank them in order of importance from 1 being most important to 10 least important. Try to reach consensus.

10 Key Presentation Skills

• Use clear and simple visuals

• Have good examples or stories to support your points

• Use body language to support your message

• Use the “rule of three”

• Rehearse in front of a mirror

• Stand up straight, speak loudly and don’t sound monotone

• Anticipate what tough questions you’ll be asked

• Know what slide is coming next

• Have a back-up plan for technology issues

• Keep your presentation short (no more than 22 minutes)

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