October 1, 2005

Planning Your Presentation

Here are a few questions and points to consider when planning your presentation.

1. Who are you presenting to? (Who is your target audience?)

2. What is the most important information that needs to be presented? (Your main points)

3. How long will your presentation be?

4. Are the people listening to your presentation experts on the topic you are presenting? (This will determine if you have to give a basic overview presentation or if you can give a specific detailed one.)

5. Does everyone speak the language you are presenting in? (If you are giving a presentation in English to Spanish speakers who have basic English skills, then you want to avoid being over technical and complicated with your presentation language.)

6. How can you make your presentation appealing and interesting throughout?

When you have answered all of these questions, you can move on the preparation stage of the presentation.
Next time I will talk about the preparation stage.

If you have any questions or comments please feel free to post them.

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September 16, 2005

Presentation Tips #3

Today’s tip will continue to address the specific language that is used in presentations and speeches. Each group of phrases that we will talk about matches a function or purpose for use in presentations.

Function #4: Restating key points and main themes of the presentation.

Function #5: Concluding and Closing.

Function #6: Questions from the audience.

As I mentioned last week, these specific functional phrases help keep your speech or presentation organized and in a sequenced order. By using functional phrases you will be able to make stronger points, and your audience will be able to follow your speech or presentation easily. This is really important because you want to make a lasting impression with your speech or presentation. Keeping the audience focused on you and the topic you are speaking about is the number one goal of every presenter.

If you have any questions or suggestions about this week’s or any presentation tips entry please leave a comment.

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September 9, 2005

Presentation Tips #2

Today’s tip will be on the specific language that is used in presentations and speeches. Each group of phrases that we will talk about matches a function or purpose for use in presentations.

Function #1: Purpose of presentation or speech

Function #2: Opinions & Ideas

Function #3: Changing topics and Introducing a new point

These specific functional phrases help keep your speech or presentation organized and in a sequenced order. By using functional phrases you will be able to make stronger points, and your audience will be able to follow your speech or presentation easily.

Try some of these phrases in combination with the transitional phrases from the previous presentation tips.

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September 1, 2005

Presentations: transitional phrases

Here is the first in a series of weekly presentation tips from Bylingo.

Today’s tip will be on when and how to use transitional phrases.

Firstly, what are transitional phrases? Well they are specific phrases and words that help your speech or presentation to flow smoothly and stay on topic.

Here are a few example sentences to get you started:

To begin with I'd like to introduce myself.
Moving on, I want to talk about Bylingo pod casts.
Next I will focus on the many ways to study English.
Finally, I would like to give you Bylingo’s contact info...

Transitional phrases always come at the beginning of a sentence. They are very useful when you want to switch topics or introduce a new topic in your presentation or speech. The more transitional phrases you use in your speech or presentation the more your presentation or speech will sound well organized and professional.

Here is a list of some common transitional phrases:

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