ELA 5: Presentation Skills

May we present to you, a lovely presentation on presentations. Should the opportunity to make a presentation present itself to you, you'll be totally set after watching this video. What a lovely present.

5th GradeLanguage Arts
Elementary and Middle School5th Grade
LanguageEnglish Language

Transcript

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being paid minimum wage, you'll have to know how to really wow 'em.

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And heck, it might even spice up your Mickey D's order. Who knows? [Boy giving McDonald's food bag to driver]

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So, without further ado, here are some tips for delivering an effective presentation…

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Just like film, a good presentation has to be developed. [Hand switches light off]

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…Er, ask your parents about that one.

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The point is that before you deliver your speech, you should do the work to develop

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your presentation. This includes conducting good research…

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… creating an outline…

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… and organizing the content of your presentation so that it flows in a coherent manner.

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Now that you’ve organized your topic and ideas, you’re ready for the fun part:

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the speech. [Man gasping]

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Start strong to engage your audience.

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Remember: a good opening grabs your audience’s attention and makes them want to hear what

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you have to say. [Students eagerly watching presentation]

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There’s lots of ways to make a strong start: You could begin with a question…

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… an interesting fact…

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… an anecdote…

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… or anything else you can think of to get the audience’s attention. [Examples of introductory things to say when beginning a speech]

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And if you start strong, be sure to end strong as well.

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Don’t lose steam and start to trail off.

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You want your ending to be memorable so it'll stick with your audience. [Students with cats and dogs]

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To do that, you could answer your question from the beginning…

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… tell another anecdote…

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… or end with a whole new question for your audience to think about.

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Whatever it is, make your ending something memorable that sticks with them. [Coop discussing the ending of a speech]

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But just remember to let go of the audience’s attention after you’ve grabbed it.

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They have things to do… After-school activities and stuff. [Girl holding a kitten and hit in the head by basketball]

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If your presentation involves complex terms or facts, make sure to explain and define

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them upfront for your audience so you they don’t get lost or confused.

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Because once you’ve lost your audience, you’ve lost them. And there’s

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no map that’ll show you how to get them back. [Person checks googlemaps on smartphone]

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Oh, and one more thing: Practice, practice, practice. Do your speech standing up and out loud.

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We know, it sounds super obvious, but that doesn’t mean everyone does it.

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Be sure to time yourself and maybe even do the speech for someone who's willing to give [Person checks watch for time]

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you feedback.

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Having a little taste of how an audience will react might help you realize which parts of

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your presentation are working, and which parts still need a little bit of T.L.C.

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All this practice means you’ll be a lot more confident when you’re actually in front [Man at front of class presenting]

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of your audience.

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And if you’re nervous you might forget something, make notes or create visuals to help prompt

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you about where you are in your presentation.

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And remember to speak at an understandable pace. It’s almost impossible to go too slow

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during a presentation… unless you're a sloth, or something… [Sloth appears on stage]

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but it’s really easy to speakwaytoofastforanybodytoactuallyunderstandyou.

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And lastly, when you’re done… [Person raises hand to girl presenting]

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… don’t forget to soak up your applause. You’ve earned it.

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Just don’t get so caught up in it that you forget to go to soccer practice. [Man holding arms in the air and hit in the head by soccer ball]