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Focusing & Framing
- Clarity of purpose (thesis)
- Develop a thesis statement
- Generate main ideas
- Using resources to develop ideas
- Understand the interactional goal: Examples
- To teach presentation skills
- To convey research and find it compelling
- To win a contest
- To build community
- You may not overtly state it in your presentation, but have it in mind.
- Know your audience (setting)
- Who is your audience?
- One-on-one, 50 people, three people at a poster?
- Organizing your main points (structure)
- Example: Start with one anecdote, then content, and then circle back to anecdote
How will you grab your audience’s attention?
- From movie / show
- Proverb (foreign or local)
- Rhetorical questions
- Catchy phrase or sound bit
- Contrarian approach (universally accepted concept and the go against conventional wisdom)
- Startling assertion / fact
- Reference to historical event
- Use the word “imagine”
- Tell a (short) story / arouse curiosity
- What if scenario
- Who are you? Why are you invested in this research?
- Your passion and interest in topic could be enough!
- Beyond I’m a student in the class and I have to do it.
- Is there anything that needs to be contextualized for your audience before you dive in?
- What is the purpose of your research?
Elaboration & Connecting Ideas
- How are you supporting your ideas? (Evidence)
- Literature review, data collection, interviews, surveys, primary sources, etc.
- How are you connecting ideas? (Transitions)
- How do you show the relationship between ideas?
- This helps listeners keep track of your content.
- Very important to reiterate thesis and main ideas – it’s okay to repeat yourself to keep audience on track
- Call for further research
- Connect back using first hook
Effective Nonverbal Communication
- eye contact
- pitch of voice
- intentional use of hand gestures
- not overly relying on notes
Video yourself to learn about your habits!