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Cooking Up a Quality Presentation

Recipes and Ingredients for Group Project Success


Quality Ingredients Matter

If you think the world of salad is limited to watery lettuce and a few chopped tomatoes and cucumbers, think again. There are an endless amount of wonderful combinations you can make....

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A salad is only as good as the quality of its ingredients, and to make a truly great salad you’ve got to use ingredients that are fresh, ripe and in season. --Jamie Oliver

quality ingredients
Quality Ingredients?

Fresh Ripe In-season

your team members are ingredients too
Your team members are “ingredients,” too.
  • Different strengths and weaknesses
  • Different roles
  • Varied expertise
  • Different faces, paces, voices, and styles!
  • Skits and other creative techniques more feasible

And yet—

It’s ONE presentation.

Group Task: What three key things about the religion should your audience understand when you are finished?

Look at each of the items on the chart through the lens of those “3 key things.” Can you emphasize one or more of those core ideas in each section?

With your team, look at the ingredients of your presentation. What order makes sense?

What will help the audience “digest” your ideas?

On the yellow paper, make a foodie flow chart to show the order of your presentation.



The goal is not really to show HOW MUCH you know, but to briefly and concisely deliver the key ideas, insights, and conclusions.


What does this look like?


  • Thoughtfully chosen images and key terms
  • Don’t include everything you’re going to say on the slides (reading=bad)
  • Check visibility (colors, layout, etc.)
  • Each slide has a clear, limited point/purpose
  • Don’t abuse bullet points like this
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Great Starts

Now that you’ve considered central ideas for AND the order for the body of your presentation, let’s talk introductions.

Give your audience a reason to be interested.

inviting starts
Inviting Starts

Draw them in with one of the “hook” or “lead” strategies you use in your essays.

the personal anecdote/story

Consultation Time

thought provoking questions

Quotation, song lyric, or short poem

Unusual, impressive, or interesting fact/statistic



Using your foodie flow chart, practice:

Summary and Hand-off

“Now that you have a sense of the texts sacred to the religion, Bob will offer some perspective on….”

spice it up
Spice it up…

What can you do to help your audience participate—to move, reflect on, or enjoy what is unique to your given belief system?

What opportunities for audience engagement or interaction does your topic offer?


“Just as the comedian should leave ‘em laughing, the speaker should leave ‘em thinking.”

-- Peter Jeff

How might your touch back to the introduction in your conclusion?

Conclusions should draw conclusions.

Conclusions take on the “so what?” Why are these ideas worth considering, worth the audience’s attention?





Practice builds confidence!

Look at the audience and not the visual aid.

Move around so the presenter is center stage and

focus on your team-mates when you are not speaking.

Energy! You’re on stage!

Smile! Your audience is on your side!


So, it’s up to you, chefs! Take those quality ingredients, clean them up, arrange them thoughtfully, and help your audience enjoy the dish!