ARSENIO’S ESL PODCAST | SEASON 5 EPISODE 134 | Presentation Skill | Slide Presentations

Effective slides provide valuable visual support for the information you are presenting in two ways: the slides help the audience to understand, and they help the speaker to give a stronger presentation. I’ve seen presentations that had too many words on their slides and the audience would become distracted within minutes. So, for maximum effect, keep the slides simply by doing the following (in the podcast).

  • Use large text (at least 28 point) and a clear font style.
  • Use bullets and short sentences.
  • Label visuals carefully — minimally but clearly.
  • Limit video to two minutes.
  • Limit the use of special effects (e.g., sounds and animation).
  • Have a uniform approach (e.g., all slides enter from the same side).

Remember, your spoken presentation is the focus — the slides are just the support.

  • Prepare the slides after establishing the main points of your presentation.
  • Include one slide for every two to three minutes of presentation only.

What would happen if a speaker/presenter did not follow each piece of advice? Tune into the podcast down below.

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Special – IELTS – Improving Fluency & Coherence

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Arsenio's ESL Podcast: Special - IELTS - Improving Fluency & Coherence


Welcome back, my students of the world! It’s time to go over two criteria that the examiner will assess you on in terms of speaking: Coherence & Fluency.

The notes that I recently showed you in the last live coaching will help you organize your ideas in a logical way.

One way to link your ideas is by using words and phrases like after, that, because of this, but, also, etc. We can also connect ideas using pronouns.

Tactic: It is important to use a variety of language.  Don’t REPEAT! I can’t stress this enough.

  • Think about the topic
  • Organize your ideas (improve your coherence).
  • Keep going during your talk (improve your fluency).

Task 2

Describe a person who has been an important influence in your life.

You should say…..

  • who this person is and how long you have known him or her for
  • why you chose this person
  • how this person has influenced your life

and explain how you feel about him or her.

Typical Notes

Who and how long? Les Brown/70 years old/speaker and transformational coach/lives in America/never met him.

Why I chose him: inspired me to get out of my rut in Thailand, made goals, learned about personal development, transformed my life completely.

How he has influenced my life taught me how to keep going/ stop becoming a victim/ don’t give up/ passion in what I do.

My feelings grateful/admiration/proud

Some things to think about. 

When you make notes, how do you write them? List? Scattered? Mindmap? Do you write single words? Long phrases? Whole sentences?

Idea connecting phrases

  • I’ve decided to talk about….
  • I’ve known him/her…
  • I chose him/her because/……
  • I think she/he has influenced my life by…..
  • When I think of him/her, I feel…….


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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 3 – Episode 6 – Pronunciation – Ignoring The Consonant in Speech

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Arsenio's ESL Podcast: Season 3 - Episode 6 - Pronunciation - Ignoring The Consonant in Speech


Yes! A lot of my students have asked this question, so here it is, along with some sentences for you to repeat out loud.  This exercise will enable you to take out the unnecessary, second-to-last consonant, which is impossible to say. Let’s go over it.

/kt + s/ = / ks/

Fact = facs – Not Facts

Facts of life = facs of life

Act = acs

Acts appropriately = acs appropriately

direct = direcs – Not Directs

Direcs this project


/pt = s/ = /ps/

Adapt = adaps – Not Adapts

Adaps to the changes

Concept = conceps – Not Concepts

Conceps in math

Accept/Acceps – Not Accepts

Acceps responsibility


/nd + z/ = /nz/

Sends = Sens – Not Sends

Sens a signal

Lend = Lens – Not Lends

Lens a hand

Friend = friens – Not Friends

Friens and family




Dale Carnegie + Tedx = How To Keep Your Audience

So, I’m going to post a variety of videos today in regards to how public speakers can deliver a remarkably powerful message to keep the audience.

We know how a lot of speakers are: monotone speakers, talkers, bores, we have a wide variety.  Dale Carnegie talks in his book about how someone, with the power of conviction and passion, can lure the audience in and keep them.  It’s a combination of using the right emotion while speaking from the heart.  Let me give you a few examples and rundowns of what I think are and aren’t speakers who deliver the power of eloquence.

Regardless of him being Sir Ken Robinson, this monotone type speaking just kills me.  We have all had the professors in our past who can ramble for 2-3 hours and put everyone to sleep within the first 15….Ken is one.  No disrespect to his message, but the hastily speaking and lack of passion made me turn this one off within a few minutes.  Yes, he had some humor and there were some applauses, but you also have to evaluate the crowd he was speaking to.  13 years ago and in a foreign country, people wouldn’t get the majority of his jokes and probably wouldn’t understand half of his presentation because of how fast it is.

Yes, I will say this….having the accent she did with little to no grammatical mistakes was great, and even delivering the message about compassion and how NIST (international school in Bangkok) does separate themselves from just about 99.9% institutions around the world (including the most prestigious universities), if she would’ve spoken with a little more passion, it could’ve been great.  Also, the papers is one thing Dale Carnegie would talk about in terms of a distractor.  People would be glued into what she’s holding….so I say forgo the papers.  If you need to glance at something and get a hold of yourself, then so be it.  It also sounded a bit like verbatim to me, too.

2:09 – 2:38….this is one of the most remarkable storytellers I’ve ever seen.  Don Jose Ruiz….just simply amazing and definitely the most riveting of them all (debatable against Lisa Nichols).  This is how you tell a story, like I’ve mentioned a many of times on Tedx podcasts, with passion and conviction.

One of my favorite speakers of all-time.  The way she describes her stories in vivid detail is awe-inspiring.  How’s she able to make that audience feel everything she’s saying….there aren’t a lot of people like her in the public speaking realm.  This is how you relate completely to the audience.

A combination of remarkable finesse, humor, tears, and rejoice.  Les Brown is someone I’ve learned so much from and that I feel overtime I put him on in the morning.

Listen closely to the audiences.  See how they react.  When you do, you’ll see that some of these speakers merely talk on stage and others take the audience on a roller coaster.

Honorable Mention – Ray Lewis

TEDx – Presentation Literacy: The Skill You Can Build

That moment you’re standing in front of a class of 15, to standing in front of thousands of people who are waiting anxiously for you to say that first word to captivate them. YES! It’s difficult.  It’s terrifying.  From memorizing verbatim; to not remembering even your introduction.

Les Brown said, “you know what, I get as scared as I possibly can.  I stare fear in the face and make a grunt.  I talk to myself, and not in an ordinary fashion, either.  I  yell at myself and said I’M GOING TO GET OFF TODAY!”

That’s what you have to do.

Does Monica Lewinsky ring a bell? This lady went to TED to meet with Chris Anderson and co, and just imagine how terrifying it was for her to finally come out on stage in wake of one of the biggest presidential scandals in the history of America.  The feeling of trepidation and sheer terror of facing the audience after it happened was the most gruelling moments of her life; however, when your back is against the wall and have nothing to lose, you deliver.

And so….she did.  With a rousing ovation the followed and one of her top critics issuing a formal apology to her. BRAVO!

Anyone know Elon Musk? Spacex? Imagine having two failed launches and the third one a catastrophic failure (explosion).  Having a team of hundreds of people sitting in despair waiting to be addressed.  At that time, Elon Musk, who was never a great speaker, delivered one of the most heart-stopping speeches whereas it went from catastrophe to triumph – just by his words. That’s the power of a single talk.

Ted, too, had almost died in the wake of the DOTCOM debacle in the early 2000’s.  Chris Anderson, who’s head of TED, had to deliver a speech that reasserted the faith into his people whom no longer were on board with TED.  70 employees waiting and again, when all odds are stacked against you, human beings have a tendency of establishing a deliverance.  Something that will restore the faith in their family, group, organization, company.

No matter how little confidence you have at present in terms of speaking in public, you can begin to turn it around.









TEDx + Dale Carnegie = The Art of Public Speaking

I was heading down the escalator with one of my students to a general bookstore today to get her some material that would help with her vocabulary, grammar, and basic sentence structuring.  Personal Development, being my absolute favorite section of any bookstore, was the first place we went to.  After about 10-15 minutes of scanning, we grabbed a book enticing enough to kick off her first ever English book reads; and upon leaving the store, I saw Ted Talks by Christopher Anderson.

A few weeks ago, I posted a somewhat controversial comment on a Tedx video featuring one of Thailand’s “superstars.” Shortly after that, I got a response on two media platforms from the director of the school inviting me to the school where this particular woman graduated from and it changed my life forever.

So, given the history of what Tedx has brought me, I decided to buy the book just over 10 bucks and it reminded me of Dale Carnegie’s book “Public Speaking” which I’m still currently reading, or have been reading for the last year. DOPE!

With a combination of these two books, I realized I can deliver some really useful material both in blog form and podcast for regarding speeches, orators, publicly speaking and using fear to your advantage – among so many other things.

Just a few weeks ago I was having a very intellectual conversation with an extremely smart YouTuber about a variety of topics, and he said that public speaking was his worst fear.  Well, you’re not alone.  In fact, public speaking is just as big a fear as flying and even heights.  I’m going to conjure and deliver some great material for those of you who are in high school, college, heads of companies, heads of departments…etc, who desperately need to get over that fear.

I love what Les Brown said ( about conquering fear in this video from 17:45-18:45.  When death is not an option, what else could you be afraid of? If you have family to feed and a mother and father to take care of, you’re going to do everything possible to face fear head-on, right? Well, join me on this journey!

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