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MEGA English: Presenting Knowledge & Ideas - Chapter Summary
Using the lessons in this chapter, brush up on your knowledge of methods for presenting your ideas and strategies for speaking about your ideas in public. You'll review:
- Speech styles and organization
- Question and answer preparation
- Evaluating speeches, including your own
- The use of visuals when communicating
- Visual aids for presentations, writing, and presenting data
- The use of multimedia, graphics and supporting materials
- Creating handouts
- Presentation and multimedia software
- Organizing a speech
- Using technology for presentations and in the classroom, and the pros and cons of this action
The lessons in this chapter have been specifically formulated to cover material you are likely to see on the MEGA English exam. Each lesson contains a short video to visually exhibit the material. The video's transcript is included as a great resource for taking notes. You can take a self-assessment quiz at the end of each lesson to test your knowledge and practice for the exam.
1. The Style of a Speech: Speaker, Audience & Purpose
When writing a speech, a writer should consider the speaker, audience and purpose of the speech. Each factor influences the overall style of the speech.
2. Speech Organization: Importance to Speaker & Audience
In speech writing, it is important to keep the information organized, which demonstrates credibility and makes the speech easier to comprehend. It starts with the main idea, the speech body and a compelling conclusion.
3. Q&A Preparation: Answering the Audience's Questions After a Speech
When the audience asks a question, the speaker must be sure that he/she can properly respond with an answer that is correct and that satisfies the inquisitor. There are a few ways the speaker can formulate an answer and deliver it with confidence.
4. Evaluating Yourself as a Speaker: Goals & Methods
The last word of a speech does not completely end it for the speaker. A speaker must take time to evaluate a speech to determine whether the expected goals were accomplished. This lesson will explore several methods to evaluate yourself as a speaker.
5. Critical Listening & Thinking: Evaluating Others' Speeches
Critical listening skills go far beyond just hearing a speaker's message. They involve analyzing the information in a speech and making important decisions about truth, authenticity and relevance. Learn about critical listening and thinking skills in this lesson.
6. The Role of Visuals in Communication
Visuals used in business communication can help with message development. This lesson will explain how the use of visuals can increase understanding, development, communication, and the retainment of a message.
7. Visual Aids in Public Speaking: Importance, Purpose, and Audience Considerations
Giving a speech can be nerve-wracking, and it might seem easy to just skip the visual aids. In this lesson, we'll discuss why that's a bad idea, why visual aids are important, and what elements make a great visual aid.
8. Using Visuals to Present Data: Textual Graphics vs. Visual Graphics
Textual and visual graphics can aid in visually presenting data to a business audience. You must first identify the type of data you will be presenting and then decide whether it is details, patterns or relationships being communicated.
9. Using Graphics & Multimedia in Writing Projects
This lesson explores different ways to integrate graphics and multimedia into writing. Using newspapers as an example, we will look at how a front page photo adds dimension to a headline. Then, we will examine digital storytelling techniques.
10. Selecting Relevant Support for Your Speech
Supporting materials are the foundation of any good speech. This lesson shows you how to find the right type of supporting materials for the ideas and concepts in your speech!
11. Tips for Using Effective Handouts in a Presentation
Audience members expect to be educated, informed or persuaded during a presentation. Handouts aid in the recall of the information presented. There are specific tips for using effective handouts.
12. Presentation Software and Graphic Suites: Illustrator, PowerPoint & CorelDraw
To make an impact on your audience, you not only need a strong message, you also need strong visuals. Learn how presentation and illustration software helps you make an impact when showing your work.
13. Multimedia Software: Working with Audio and Video
Audio and video have become increasingly important in today's computer systems. Learn about how media players play back multimedia files as well as audio and video editing software to create your own productions.
14. Using Technology in the Classroom
Technology has become much more prevalent and available in the classroom. This lesson will offer some guidelines and strategies for using technology in the classroom.
15. Using Technology to Deliver a Presentation: Pros, Cons & Strategies
In today's wired world, there are many different technology strategies companies can use to deliver a message effectively, from simple slide presentations to live videos. This lesson covers the basics of several popular technologies and addresses the pros and cons of each.
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Other chapters within the MEGA English: Practice & Study Guide course
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- MEGA English: Reading Comprehension Strategies
- MEGA English: Literary Periods
- MEGA English: Literature Comprehension
- MEGA English: Persuasive Text Comprehension
- MEGA English: Analyzing U.S. Historical Documents
- MEGA English: Techniques for Writing Arguments
- MEGA English: Techniques for Writing Informative Texts
- MEGA English: Strategies for Narrative Writing
- MEGA English: Methods of Research for Understanding
- MEGA English: Engaging in Collaborative Discussions
- MEGA English: English Language in Context
- MEGA English: English Language Conventions