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Words of Wisdom

Sometimes I can better describe a person by another person's reaction. In a story in my first book, I couldn't think of a way to sufficiently describe the charisma of a certain boy, so the narrator says, "I knew girls who saved his gum."

— Amy Hempel

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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