Twitter Warm-up: How do you feel about presenting your capstone?
Words of encouragement from the text:
If you are presenting to a large group of people, they drop expectations of a personal
dialogue with you. Just so long as you don’t go blank or throw up, you can’t lose! (140)
Do your best, but don’t freak out. You may never see these people again anyway.
Class brainstorming activity:
Since several of the readings have touched on the importance of the presenter knowing who the audience will be and basing their presentation on their listeners, let’s think about it.
Do you plan to “share yourself” during your presentation?
How do you plan to give the speech? Read the whole thing, memorize the whole thing, or make an outline and fill in the language from memory?
Other points to consider:
“People who know only a little can still fill a speech with facts, but they can’t focus it properly. What’s worse , they are so afraid of leaving out something important and not knowing it that they try to cram in everything just to be safe.” (143)
The more you know, the more you will be able to simplify and synthesize your information for the audience.
If you are going to use generic pictures of people, make sure the people in the pictures are representative of your audience.
Write the beginning of the speech last so that you know how the speech unfolds.
Don’t have more than one main point per slide.
Though black text on a white background is easy to read, white text on a dark background may be easier to read. Avoid the color red for those with impaired eyesight.
The reading for this week mentions a seven-step process, focusing on preparing for and delivering one’s presentation.
Before the discussion began, the class was asked to tweet their sense of preparedness for the upcoming display of the work they have completed this semester. The responses mostly stated that the class does not feel prepared. Some said that they feel as though they will be prepared when the day comes.
Throughout the discussion, the class focused on some quotes from the reading. The first quote led the class to the conclusion that it is important to structure one’s presentation so that the speaker will remember to say things at the correct time. Also, the class saw this as beneficial for the audience. With a proper structure, the audience will have an easier time following along. The second quote led the class to believe that it is vital to make one’s presentation especially interesting for the expected audience so that they will be engaged and listening. Another conclusion the class came to is that a bigger audience may be better because there may not be as many specific questions thrust at the speaker concluding his/her presentation. The third quote inspired a response from the class that consisted of stressing the importance of one’s audience being able to understand and follow along as well as making sure that the audience knows what the speaker is talking about. The last quote stresses the five-part structure of a pre-introduction, introduction, main body, summary, and conclusion. The class decided this was important, especially the pre-introduction. In order to gain the audience’s attention, one must make an impression upon the listeners. Be creative! Tell a joke or story; show a video or use a metaphor.
During the discussion, there were also some questions that were addressed. The first question encouraged the focus of how to be creative during the presentation. The class came to the conclusion that using the “Setting the Stage” piece would be beneficial. These responses were similar to those of the fourth quote. The second question highlighted the importance of rehearsing one’s presentation. The class mentioned that it is good to practice so that one is not ill-prepared or reading from their slides. Also, if one practices, one will have a better chance to see the imperfections of their presentation so that they can aspire to fix them. The third and final question focuses on the questions that will come after the speaker is finished talking. Some thoughts the class came up with were to stage questions with certain audience members or to concentrate on forming answers to specific questions the speaker is anticipating. One insightful revelation was that, since all of the presenters know their topic and are passionate about the subject they picked, they will probably know the answers to the questions being asked.
An interesting tip from the reading that was pointed out during class was that one must cut down on the material they hope to present. Though it may be painful, it is necessary. Simplicity is key for audience understanding as well as for flow and clarity during delivery.
Discussion Leader: Xochitl Corro
Reading: Putting it all Together – Structure and Preparation_ Atkinson (2005)
Twitter Warm Up: How well prepared are you to deliver a successful presentation?
1. Analyzing the audience
2. Brainstorming the topic
3. Creating the structure
4. Saying it creatively
6. Preparing for questions time (optional)
“… it isn’t just the structure of sentences that makes a big difference to the impact speakers have on audiences; the overall structure of the speech or presentation as a whole also plays a crucial part in the process” (pp.279).
“… you need to take into account who is going to be in the audience, how many are going to be present and what kind of message is likely to be appropriate” (pp. 281).
“… the next step in preparation is to think about the topic that might be relevant to getting your key message across to the target audience” (pp. 286).
“ In effect, … there should be an introduction, a main body and a summary… but there are advantages in dividing presentation into a five-part structure” (pp. 288).
1. How would you start a creative presentation during your capstone festival? Any ideas or strategies you would like to share?
2. Why is it important to have a rehearsal before your presentation? Do you know?
3. The author says that “most speakers spend far more time preparing what to say than preparing how to deal with the questions” (pp.304). Are you preparing yourself for questions from the audience? Would you know what to answer?
Discussion Blogger: Xochitl Corro
Discussion Leader: Susan Meade
On April 16, Susan Meade was the discussion leader about the reading “Delivering Presentations” by Christine Alfano and Alyssa O’Brien, Chapter 9. The Discussion Leader took the time to summarize the chapter and typed it for us. That was an extra work she had to do for us in the group. To begin the discussion Susan told us to talk to a partner about what is the most important theme about our presentation. Some students shared and said that is not correct to read from the slide of your power point because it is boring.
Then Stephanie read the second quote of the discussion that said “The most important thing to remember is that a slideshow is not a script for you to use, but rather a rhetorical act of persuasion that should engage your audience” (pp.305). One classmate commented that it is important to memorize by visualization. Moreover, Susan mentioned that when we make our presentation and if we get nervous it is a good idea to pause, look or smile. By doing this, it can help us to feel much confident during the presentation. One of the questions in the discussion was: How do you identify your Audience, Purpose and Persona? I said that my audience is more for teachers, but I did not want educators to feel that I was criticizing them and that I needed it the right way to bring my suggesting to them. Then Jilian had a concerned about question 3 that said “How will you use the power of practice in strengthening delivery of your presentation? She asked how do you do that? Susan answered by saying “make sure to cover everything you have to cover during.” The last question was “what are some ways or strategies that you could use to prepare for problems with technology? This time Dr. Whang shared an anecdote of one day when there was a technology problem during a Capstone Festival. There she had to stand up in front of the computer and press a key from the keyboard for the presenter because the remote control did not function. Dori suggested that to make a joke while the problem gets fix and then continue with the presentation. That is a good suggestion if you have the ability to create a joke during a struggling situation.
To finish up the discussion, Susan recommended to dress, talk, and move professionally for the reason that this would say what kind of presentation you will be bringing to the public. Jilian said that it is our job to captivate the audience during the presentation of our capstone. I think Susan did a good job as discussion leader. She worked very hard just by summarizing the chapter for us and to provide suggestions for our presentation during our capstone!
The discussion was lead by Amy Choate on April 2. Marlina was the twitter during this section.
By. Stephanie Cummings
During this section Amy was able to keep everyone in to the conversation. She brought to the class some little gifts to keep everyone con tame. In fact that main thing that was very helpful to me was when she put down the key terms throughout the reading. She also started a game that was helpful to get a better understanding of what was the main concept with in the reading.
One of the twits that was presented was stated Marlina ” organization of the data” this was a starting twit and it seem to me that is can open peoples eyes about the way we can go and resource what is appropriate with in the participants words. Also we should be able to get a better understanding on the different ways to become more organized all of our thoughts and what is being said.
The main thing that was a big part of an understanding with in the way to organize a paper or resource. This is a part of what all if our capstones need to be a part of the literature review.
One of the thing that I wish we had this reading at the beginning or before us doing our lit review because it would be earlier to have an understand on the way to organize it a little better.
Discussion Leader: Susan Meade
Reading: Delivering Presentations, by Christine Alfano & Alyssa O’Brien, Chapter 9
Pre-Warm Up: With a partner, decide the most important theme you most want your audience to understand in your presentation… (hint: just pick one of your themes)
Twitter Warm Up: Have you decided how you are going to present your capstone?
Quotes for thought:
- “The most important thing to remember is that a slideshow is not a script for you to use, but rather a rhetorical act of persuasion that should engage your audience” (pp. 305).
- “Aristotle, Cicero, and Quintilian wrote extensively on the “Art of Memory” as a means of engaging and persuading audiences. Aristotle argued that speakers should place striking visual images in certain places and align a point of speech to each one to aid retention. The Roman rhetorician Cicero subsequently refined this technique into a form of visual organization called an architectural mnemonic techniquein which you associate a phrase to a room or part of a house you know well. Then, as you work through your presentation or long speech, you talk through your “memory house” in your imagination and at each step, the visual clues trigger your memory of what to say. This technique is still used by memory masters today, who win contests for recalling strings of words or numbers”. (pp. 307).
- “Annotate your written copy with places where you pause, emphasize words, look up, or laugh … include reminders of when to point to visuals or advance your slides” (pp. 295).
1. How do you identify your Audience, Purpose and Persona?
2. What strategies can be used to transform your written Capstone into a speech, poster or PowerPoint presentation? (think: Selection, Organization & Translation)
3. Hitler and Churchill relied extensively on practice to develop their delivery techniques. How will you use the power of practice in strengthening delivery of your presentation?
4. What are some ways or strategies that you could use to prepare for problems with technology?
Twitter Post discussion: Have you changed your mind on the form your presentation will take?
April 11th 2014 Discussion
Post Discussion Blogger: Susan Meade
Discussion Leader: Stephanie
Today’s presentation: The Sight and Sounds of Words: Differences between Writing and Speaking, by Atkins (2005).
What is your ideal relationship between a written report or proposal and a spoken presentation?
Molly agreed with Susan’s replied that writing is more formal and spoken is less formal and conversational. When asked how different, (BIKE) said that the written form was not as personal, it was more factual, for example comparing and contrasting. Michelle added that in a spoken presentation, we are trying to captivate our audience.
“[W]hen writing, we tend to use words that are long, more unusual, or more technical than the words we habitually us in everyday conversation” (p. 79). (BIKE) notes that when we are writing that we still need to remember that we are writing to an audience, and it was agreed that we should always gauge our audience.
“This is no doubt why the law treats written defamation (libel) as a more serious offense than spoken defamation (slander), which highlights the need to be more careful about what we put down in writing than what we say” (p.99). Amy described a saying that pointed to the permanency of something in the written form, that its out there for ever, whereas if we simply say something, it may not be as harmful because the spoken work is gone once you say it, whereas the written word is permanent.
1. What was one aspect of the chapter, you found to be interesting? Why?
Molly spoke of ‘repetition to increase impact’, the strength that repetition of a word can add strength to the spoken word but was not suitable for the written word. I spoke of the amount of words that could be spoken in one minute, and we tried to work out how many words our presentation should have based on the time allocated.
2. Why do you think simple and short sentences are better when writing and when instruction? Molly mentioned that Dori wrote very long sentences strung together with commas. Molly’s advise was to try to read the sentence aloud to know that the sentences sounded confusing because they were so too long.
Conclusion: overall the article gave us some good advise for writing our capstone and different advise for preparation of our presentation.
ch. 3 The sight and sound of words
what does the title mean?
what is your ideal relationship between a written report or proposal and a spoken presentation?
“ when writing, we tend to use words that are longer, more unusual, or more technical than the words we habitually us in everyday conversation.” (79)
” This is no doubt why the law treats written defamation(libel) as a more serious offence than spoken defamation ( slander), which highlights the need to be more careful about what we put down in writing than what we say.” (99)
Q1:What was one aspect of the chapter, you found to be interesting? why?
Q2:Why do you think simple and short sentences are better when writing and when instruction?
Q3: During your capstone have you written a short and simple or long and difficult sentences?