Arsenio’s ESL Podcast | Season 5 Episode 170 | Study Skills | How Effective Are You In Giving Presentations & Talks?

We have different strengths as speakers. It useful to reflect on these skills and also to identify areas we could improve. However, to be most effective, as well as identifying areas for improvement, we also need to make a plan for how to improve.

Use a checklist to identify your strengths and areas for improvement. For example:

Was my main argument clear?RatingHow could I improve this aspect?
1 2 3 4 5Clearly identify the main point
when planning the presentation
and make sure I signpost this to
the audience and include enough
examples and supporting points.
Example
Aspects of giving a talkRatingHow could I improve this?
How good was my opening?12345
Did I begin with a brief outline?
Did I stick to my outline?
Was my main argument clear?
Did I sum up at the end?
How well did I finish?
How appropriate were my handouts or audiovisual aids?

Think of the following: audience, different viewpoints, examples, eye contact and body language, feedback, order of points, questions.

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