A structure for oral presentations
I Introduction (Attention-getting opener: e.g. a question, a statistic, a quotation, an anecdote)
Tell what you are going to deal with:
1 Who or what
2 Why and how
3 What you want/intend to say
II The substance of the presentation
Present arguments or evidence supporting your aim/intention (use examples):
1 To inform – give evidence/examples
2 To persuade – give arguments/explanations
3 To entertain – choose amusing information or arguments and/or an entertaining manner of presenting them
Sum up or conclude with personal opinion, analysis.
Six signals all audiences want
1 I will not waste your time.
2 I know who you are.
3 I am well organized.
4 I know my subject.
5 Here is the most important part.
6 I am finished.
Work consciously with your pronunciation, grammar, intonation, vocabulary, and general communication skills.
In addition, you may consider the following advice for giving a good oral presentation:
1 Practice your presentation.
2 Do not read your presentation.
3 Do not begin with an apology for your lack of knowledge or your English.
4 Be thoroughly prepared and familiar with your material.
5 Never be afraid to stop speaking for a moment.
6 Speak at a normal slow rate.
7 Start with a smile.
8 Make eye contact. Don't talk to your notes or to your overhead.
9 State your topic.
10 Present your points clearly.
11 Come to a conclusion.