Presentation Skills

Presentation Skills
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1-Think about your professional future. In that future, how will you analyze the situation in order to adapt your presentations to the needs of your audience? Provide examples to clarify your answers.

 

2-Which organizational plan (chronological, spatial, etc.) would be the most appropriate for the following presentations: A report on an industrial accident, suggestions for reducing employee turnover, a comparison of products or services between your organization and a competitor, explaining a new organizational policy to employees? Explain your answers.

 

3-What are the major types of delivery?  Provide examples of when it is appropriate to use each type

 

4-What are myths about public speaking? Dispel those myths.

 

5-Kevin had been working in the same management position at an insurance company for several years. He had the responsibility of giving a presentation to all the area coordinators. The report was important because the coordinators needed the updated information to help design marketing campaigns in areas where sales had decreased. For months, Kevin had been passing out a one-page sheet that was difficult for the coordinators to read. Rather than discussing specifics, Kevin would say, “I’ve been here awhile and these sales decreases go away after a while.” Instead of preparing a professional presentation, he would tell stories about what had happened at the company years ago. Kevin believed his experience and observation of sales patterns was enough informational support to assure the coordinators that things would turn around.

Based on chapters 9-11, what went wrong and what advice would you give Kevin about his presentation?

 

6-John gave a big presentation today at work. He had spent hours and hours working on his PowerPoint slides. They were loaded with information-lots of statistics and charts. In fact, he had more than 50 slides in his 20 minute speech. When he began speaking, he was a little nervous. Because he had spent most of his time working on the slides, he did not have much time to practice. Still, he had the slides to read, and he thought the presentation went well. However, his audience seemed uninterested when he was speaking, and no one approached him after the speech to praise him for a job well done.

Based on chapters 9-11, why didn’t his preparation pay off and what should John have done differently?

7-After reviewing enrollment figures, Dr. Jacobs, the vice president of University Effectiveness, discovered a way to generate more funds for his institution with only minor changes in scheduling. Dr. Jacobs identified this as a speaking opportunity to persuade the faculty members, who handled scheduling, to make these changes. He set up a meeting with each of the colleges within the university. Since everyone he would be speaking to was a faculty member, he decided to use the same presentation for each audience.

His first meeting was with the College of Arts and Humanities. He began the presentation with an example. The example came from the College of Science and Technology, but Dr. Jacobs felt that it applied to all colleges. Within the first graph, there was a list of the average salaries for the Science and Technology faculty. The average for the Science and Technology faculty was significantly higher than the average salary of the Arts and Humanities faulty listening to eh presentation. The next slide showed the average class size based on college. The class size for the Arts and Humanities faculty was much larger than that of every other college at the university. Dr. Jacobs went on to explain how to make four scheduling changes, stressing the simplicity of making each change. He ended with a graph that showed how much additional funding would be generated by these changes.

At the conclusion of his presentation, Dr. Jacobs opened for questions. He was surprised by the nature of the questions the audience asked. None of them had to do with the changes he had discussed. Instead, they were all about faculty equity in pay and workload. The audience walked out of the meeting visibly upset. Dr. Jacobs was not sure if they had heard a word he said.

Based on chapters 9-11, what went wrong and what advice would you give Dr. Jacobs about audience analysis?

 

 

 

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