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Words of Wisdom

Writing simply means no dependent clauses, no dangling things, no flashbacks, and keeping the subject near the predicate. We throw in as many fresh words we can get away with. Simple, short sentences don't always work. You have to do tricks with pacing, alternate long sentences with short, to keep it vital and alive.... Virtually every page is a cliffhanger--you've got to force them to turn it.

— Dr. Seuss

A fear of public speaking and lack of preparation often hinder students from giving an effective oral presentation. This workshop covers the process of preparing a presentation, including invention (or thinking of what to say), organization, incorporation of visual aids, practice, and delivery. We will spend time going over tips for creating effective slides, and we suggest ways to control voice and movement while presenting. The students will be able to critique sample slides during the workshop.






Slide #6 is linked to YouTube’s Don McMillan: Life After Death by PowerPoint , and slide #23 in this presentation includes a video clip. Neither will work if you view the slides on this page.

View this presentation on video (19:50 minutes). Videotaped workshops are an alternative to in-class workshops.

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