Presenting Your Key Points (Int)

Summary

Students will learn how to present and expand upon the key points of a presentation.
Student Level: 
Intermediate
Unit Group: 
General Business - Presentations

Warm Up (5 mins)

In your opinion, what is the difference between a "good" presentation and a "bad" presentation?

When giving a presentation, how can you make an audience interested in what you are saying?

 

Listening (5 mins)

Watch the following video.

1. What "body language" technique does the presenter describe?

2. Why does the presenter recommend this strategy?

Reading Comprehension (10 mins)

Read the following article.

Explain in your own words some of the things that presenters can do to make their key points more memorable.

Grammar (5 mins)

Infinitive Complements

We use infinitive complements to emphasize advice.

Example

It's important to get a lot of rest.

It's a good idea to exercise every day.

It's useful to have a credit card when you are travelling abroad.

It's helpful to know your work phone number in case a client wants to call you.

Presentation Skill  
Pause before and after you say an important point Important
Move around except for when you deliver a key message Advisable
Tell a story related to the key message you are saying Useful
Repeat your point three times Recommended
Use arm and hand gestures to add emphasis Helpful

Connect the two columns above to make complete sentences.

e.g. It is important to pause before and after you say an important point.

 

Think of a skill that you are good at.

Make original sentences like those above using infinitive complements.

e.g. When you are cooking it is important to measure the ingredients carefully.

Vocabulary (5 mins)

Word or expressionSimilar Words
to connect toto bond with, to relate to
to emphasizeto focus on, to highlight
to be dynamicto be active, to be full of energy
to be engagingto be likeable, to be appealing
to be informativeto be enlightening, to be educational
connect likeable highlight dynamic educational

Complete the following sentences with words from the box.

1) We used a Power Point presentation to _________ the key points.

2) The audience thought his friendly smile and general manner was very ________

3) I felt the lecture was extremely _________ and I learned many important facts that I didn't know.

4) The salesman was so ___________ in his presentation that we never bored for even a minute.

5) Politicians often try to appear humble in order to ____________ with their voters.

 

Use the words or expressions in the vocabulary table to make new sentences, describing the characteristics of a good presentation.

e.g. You should use bullet point lists to highlight the key points of your presentation.

 

Role Play (15 mins)

CharactersDialogue
Jake:Hey Noburu. Have you got a minute?
Noboru:Sure, Jake. What's up.
Jake:I wanted to get some feedback from you about my staff presentation yesterday. What did you think?
Noboru:I thought you did a great job. The structure of your presentation was clear and you made a lot of interesting points.
Jake:Thanks Noburu. That's encouraging to hear but some people mentioned that I look a bit stiff when I'm presenting. You know,...too formal.
Noboru:Yeah, to be honest that's probably a fair comment. Can I give you some advice?
Jake:Sure! Go ahead. Shoot.
Noboru:If I were you I wouldn't spend so much time looking at your notes. It's really important to make eye contact with the listeners.
Jake:OK. That's not easy but I will try. Anything else.
Noboru:Another thing to remember is that you should move around when you talk. Don't just stand in the one spot. Also, use arm and hand gestures to emphasize points.
Jake:Hmmm. OK. I'll practice that.
Noboru:Finally, don't be afraid to show some emotion in your voice and facial expressions. Use a deeper voice if you want to make a serious point. Smile when you have something light-hearted to say.
Jake:Terrific advice, Noburu. I'll work on it.
Noboru:Practice makes perfect, Jake. Good luck.

Imagine you have to give advice to a colleague about how to present the key content of a presentation.

Do the role play again with your instructor in the role of the person asking for advice.

Extension Activity

Think of a topic you know well.

Give your instructor a one or two minute presentation using some of the techniques discussed in this lesson.

e.g. eye contact, pauses, smile.

 

Review and Quiz (5 mins)

Do you have any questions about this lesson?

What did you learn today?

Did you learn any new vocabulary or expressions?

Ask your instructor for tips on how you can improve your English.

Finally, don't forget to take the quiz after all your lessons are finished today.

Thank you !