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Teaching how to speak to an audience

My students giving a presentation for the Crown Prince of Norway,

How to deliver a great presentation

At some point we all have to do a presentation and that is certainly true for students today. They are presenting projects all the time and the question is; how to do this without boring your fellow classmates! How much of your presentation will your audience remember and understand? Here are some easy rules and websites to explore.

  1. Be Entertaining – Speeches should be entertaining and informative
  2. Slow Down – Nervous and inexperienced speakers tend too talk way to fast.
  3. Eye Contact – Match eye contact with everyone in the room
  4. Don’t Read – This one is a no brainer, but somehow PowerPoint makes people think they can get away with it.
  5. Speeches are About Stories – If your presentation is going to be a longer one, explain your points through short stories
  6. Have Fun – Sounds impossible? If you have fun the audience will have fun too.
  7. What is the big idea you want to leave people with? If you were to ask them after the presentation, will they remember?
  8. Create Twitter-like headlines, easy for you, easy for your audience.
  9. Create a list of three main points. Makes the presentation more manageable for you and your audience. 
  10. If possible no more then 5 minutes! 15 tops!
  11. Here are some other great points to rememberSimple Unexpected  Concrete Credible Emotional
  12. Have a look at this video about YouTube videos going viral. What can you say about this presentation?
  13. Teachers should listen to the students, look at this student and her arguments!

Lesson plan:

Watch this presentation by a 6th grader. In groups of 2-3 discuss the following:

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