Ch 16: WEST Middle Level Humanities: Delivering Presentations

About This Chapter

This chapter's video lessons are designed to help you review techniques for delivering presentations. Review this information prior to answering related questions on the WEST Middle Level Humanities examination.

WEST Middle Level Humanities: Delivering Presentations - Chapter Summary

This chapter's video lessons cover the fundamentals of speech and presentation delivery. While you're preparing to take the WEST Middle Level Humanities examination, the videos can encourage your understanding of the use of visual aids as well as the importance of good fluency and tone. Extend your knowledge of the interactional and transactional models of public speaking, and re-discover strategies for holding an audience's attention. This chapter might help you to:

  • Explain the process of public speaking
  • Identify the different types of speeches
  • Create a presentation that is audience-centered
  • Distinguish between formal and informal audience analysis
  • Become more skilled at adapting to your audience
  • Discuss the purposes and styles of speeches
  • Understand the importance of diction and the use of vocal qualities such as pitch and volume
  • Learn about the various kinds of visuals you might utilize as well as their roles
  • Explore the influences of balance, consistency, detail and restraint on your delivery

The lesson instructors are experienced professionals who have extensive knowledge of the above topics. As you get ready for the WEST Middle Level Humanities examination, study the self-paced videos when your schedule permits. The lessons include video tags for pausing or moving among topics, and they're accompanied by written transcripts. Learn even more by submitting your questions or clicking the links to important terminology. After watching the lessons, take the brief quizzes and the chapter examination that follow.

WEST Middle Level Humanities - Delivering Presentations Chapter Objectives

The WEST Middle Level Humanities examination includes two subtests. There are three domains in Subtest 1. The Oral and Visual Communication domain accounts for 25% the subtest. In this domain, you'll demonstrate your understanding of oral and visual communication concepts as well as your ability to apply the above strategies when delivering presentations.

Both subtests are administered on the computer and require your accurate answers to 55 multiple-choice questions. When you take just one of the subtests, you'll have one hour and 15 minutes to finish. If you're taking both subtests at one sitting, you'll have twice the time limit, two hours and 30 minutes.

12 Lessons in Chapter 16: WEST Middle Level Humanities: Delivering Presentations
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Public Speaking as a Communication Process

1. Public Speaking as a Communication Process

Public speaking is a process of communicating to a large group. It involves a sender, receiver and a message. The message is sent through various channels and generally results in feedback from the audience.

Types of Speeches: Informative, Persuasive, and Special Occasion

2. 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.

Developing an Audience-Centered Presentation

3. Developing an Audience-Centered Presentation

A presenter has to be able to develop an audience-centered presentation to target the wants, needs, motivations and characteristics of the attendees in order for the message to be delivered appropriately.

Informal and Formal Methods of Audience Analysis

4. Informal and Formal Methods of Audience Analysis

There are three formal concentrations a good public speaker needs to focus on when conducting a formal audience analysis. There are also times when an informal analysis will do. Learn more about both types in this lesson.

Adapting to Your Audience During and After Your Speech

5. Adapting to Your Audience During and After Your Speech

Preparing for your speech is only one way in which a speaker can ensure audience adaptation. You need a keen eye for non-verbal cues during and after the speech to determine whether your audience is paying attention.

The Style of a Speech: Speaker, Audience & Purpose

6. 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.

How Diction Influences the Style of a Speech

7. How Diction Influences the Style of a Speech

Audience understanding has much to do with the speech writer's word choice. Diction involves an accurate, appropriate and understandable selection of words to better convey the meaning of a speech.

Using Vocal Qualities to Convey Meaning in Public Speaking

8. Using Vocal Qualities to Convey Meaning in Public Speaking

To keep your audience engaged, it is important to consider vocal qualities like volume, pace and pitch. These qualities are what keep your speech not only interesting but also engaging. Learn about vocal qualities in this lesson.

The Role of Visuals in Communication

9. 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.

Types of Visual Aids Used in Public Speaking

10. 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.

Visual Design of Your Message: Consistency, Balance, Restraint & Detail

11. Visual Design of Your Message: Consistency, Balance, Restraint & Detail

The visual design of your message is critical to the successful delivery of your ideas. Consistency, balance, restraint and detail are the four key areas that need to be addressed to allow a professional impression of your work.

Factors that Affect Interpretation of Visual Images

12. Factors that Affect Interpretation of Visual Images

This lesson explores how pictures, paintings, and photographs communicate meaning. We will discover the principles of visual literacy and look at how we use our personal experience and knowledge when looking at visual images.

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