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"Will the Audience Throw Eggs?"

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public speakingNeed to give a presentation tomorrow?  You don't have time to read a long, boring book tonight! Will the Audience Throw Eggs? offers practical tips in an easy-to-read, at-a-glance format for beginning or less experienced presenters.

This Presentation Skills Guide offers the basic information you need to organize, write, prepare, and present a speech.  No theory and no fluff.  The unique format of this Guide offers two sections

Section One

At-a-glance, outline format for basic speaking information

Section Two

Relevant discussions (with great examples and exercises), so you can learn more detail where you need it
 

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Will the Audience Throw Eggs?

  • Save time!  Use the Systematic Speech-Writing Process to be more efficient.

  • Learn how to organize your thoughts.

  • Discover how to prepare and practice.

  • Make a positive impression by learning effective techniques for presenting.  

  • Maintain professionalism by handling questions with confidence. 

Will the Audience Throw Eggs? offers practical techniques you can use now!

"Course helped me a great deal. Learned a lot.” 
Bellarmine University Continuing Education


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Table of Contents

Section One:  At-A-Glance/Outline

 Chapter 1:  Background

Profile of a Presentation     

Questionnaire           

Researching the Audience 

 Chapter 2:  Writing

Writing the Presentation (Basics)  

Writing the Presentation (Enhancers)        

Writing Persuasive Presentations 

Introduction/Conclusion       

Introducing a Speaker/Being Introduced   

 Chapter 3:  Preparing

Diction           

Diction Exercises     

Preparing      

 Chapter 4:  Presenting

Arrival Checklist       

Getting to the Podium          

Presenting    

Handling Questions 

Evaluation Form    

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Table of Contents

Section Two:  Discussion

Discussion 1:  Researching the Audience

Discussion 2:  Writing / Developing the Presentation

Discussion 3:  Using the Systematic Writing Process for Informal Presentations

Discussion 4:  Diction & the Verbal Package

Discussion 5:  Your Role as Speaker
                  (Responsibilities, Logistics, etc.)

Discussion 6:  Getting to the Podium
                  (Relaxation Techniques & Getting Settled)

Discussion 7:  Presenting Techniques

Discussion 8:  How to Connect with the Audience

Discussion 9:  How to Encourage Participation

Discussion 10:  Take a Break
                    (Techniques to Maintain Listeners’ Attention)

Discussion 11:  Handling Questions

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Excerpt from Will the Audience Throw Eggs?

(Outline section)

II.    Use stories/examples to enliven the presentation.

A. Your personal stories are the most      effective.

1.   You become credible.

a.   The audience thinks, “He/she has been there and really understands.”

2.   Humor, especially, is best when you are poking fun at yourself.

B. Stories have many advantages.

1.   The audience will remember the story long after they’ve forgotten the rest of the speech.

2.   “A picture is worth a thousand words.”

3.   Don’t just spout statistics, give an example.

C. Caution: The story must relate to the presentation.  Do not tell a story for the sake of telling a story.

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(Discussion section)

One:  Make Eye Contact

Look at the audience.  If it’s a small group, be sure that you look at each person.  If there are only five or six people at the table, and you talk for twenty minutes, a participant will feel ignored if you can’t bother to look at him/her at some point in your talk.

If you’re speaking to a large group, try to spend a moment looking at each area of the room.  Find a person in each section, and make eye contact with that individual. 

Forget the old saying about staring at a spot in the back of the room – above everyone’s head.  You will have much more impact if you actually “connect” with just a few people in the audience. 

Two:  Use Gestures

Gestures are a great way to emphasize your points and create visual variety.  For example, if you’re making three points, hold up three fingers.  If you’re talking about something “over there,” indicate that spot with your hand. 

Although most people think of gestures for large speeches, using gestures is helpful regardless of the size of the group or the setting.  In fact, gestures may be even more important when you’re seated.  If you aren’t standing and moving, it’s hard to create variety and keep your listeners’ attention.  Gestures allow you to instill some “oomph” into the presentation.


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