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Words of Wisdom

I grew up in the '40s and I heard all these great speeches, like Winston Churchill. His most famous, or infamous, commencement exercise speech was one that consisted of seven words. He stood before this graduating class and said: "Never, never, never, never give up."”

— Johnny Cash

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.

Creative Commons License This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. You may reproduce it for non-commercial use if you use the entire handout and attribute The University Writing Center, Texas A&M University.

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