Ch 3: Preparing & Delivering Effective Presentations

About This Chapter

Review the material in this chapter to improve your understanding of the different types of presentations, elements of effective speeches and ways you can improve the quality of your presentations.

Preparing & Delivering Effective Presentations - Chapter Summary

Complete the lessons in this chapter to review ways to prepare and deliver effective presentations. In these lessons, our expert instructors explain types of speeches, such as informative, persuasive and special occasion. Ways of working with audio and video to enhance your speaking are also looked at, as well as the importance of speech style and organization to both the speaker and the audience. Watching these lesson will also give you the information to be able to:

  • Outline development of the supporting ideas of a speech
  • Explain the role of nonverbal communication during a speech
  • Discuss the purpose and types of visual aids in public speaking
  • Identify the pros and cons of using PowerPoint during a speech
  • Analyze and evaluate others' speeches through critical listening and thinking

After each lesson, take the quiz to test your understanding of the material and discover topics you don't fully understand. To improve your comprehension, use the video tags to return to and study the parts of the lessons you need to review further. Once you've completed the lessons and quizzes in this chapter, take the practice chapter exam to test your overall understanding of the material.

10 Lessons in Chapter 3: Preparing & Delivering Effective Presentations
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Types of Speeches: Informative, Persuasive, and Special Occasion

1. Types of Speeches: Informative, Persuasive, and Special Occasion

There are essentially three types of speeches public speakers use to influence their audience. In this lesson, we'll look at those three types of speeches and how each serves a different purpose.

The Style of a Speech: Speaker, Audience & Purpose

2. 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.

Speech Organization: Importance to Speaker & Audience

3. 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.

Supporting Ideas of a Speech: Development, Selection and Characteristics

4. Supporting Ideas of a Speech: Development, Selection and Characteristics

When used appropriately, supporting ideas will help strengthen your speech and persuade your audience by giving it the depth needed to add clarity and credibility to your claims.

The Role of Nonverbal Communication During Speech Delivery

5. The Role of Nonverbal Communication During Speech Delivery

When delivering a speech, your body movements tell almost as much about your message as your actual speech. Eye contact, body orientation, posture, facial expressions and gestures play into how your audience perceives your message.

Visual Aids in Public Speaking: Importance, Purpose, and Audience Considerations

6. 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.

Types of Visual Aids Used in Public Speaking

7. Types of Visual Aids Used in Public Speaking

Many people understand that visual aids can be helpful in public speaking. But what types of visual aids should a person choose? Watch this lesson for information on the types of visual aids and how to choose the best one.

Using PowerPoint for a Speech: Pros & Cons

8. Using PowerPoint for a Speech: Pros & Cons

It seems like every class or speech has PowerPoint slides with it these days. But is that always the right answer? In this lesson, we'll examine the pros and cons of using slideware, like PowerPoint, during your speech or presentation.

Multimedia Software: Working with Audio and Video

9. 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.

Critical Listening & Thinking: Evaluating Others' Speeches

10. 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.

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