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  1. Delivering Presentations • Presentation skills develop with practice • Delivery involves three key elements: • Body language (eye contact, use of space and movement, gestures) • Voice (projection, pitch, pace) • Speaking style (connection with audience, clarity and conciseness, level of vocabulary Stevenson/Whitmore: Strategies for Engineering Communication

  2. Improving Body Language • Sustain eye contact • Size gesture and movement to the space available • Maintain an open posture • Use facial expressions to emphasize message, express enthusiasm, and indicate that you are approachable • Study how dynamic speakers use body language • Videotape your presentation or practice in front of an audience who will give you feedback Stevenson/Whitmore: Strategies for Engineering Communication

  3. Improving Posture Stevenson/Whitmore: Strategies for Engineering Communication

  4. Improving Gestures Stevenson/Whitmore: Strategies for Engineering Communication

  5. Other Body Language Improvements Stevenson/Whitmore: Strategies for Engineering Communication

  6. Improving Voice • Speak naturally rather than reading from notes • Breathe deeply and practice projecting your voice • Keep chin level to avoid a high-pitched voice • Avoid pitching up at the end of a statement • Vary your pace to enhance your message • Use pauses to create emphasis Stevenson/Whitmore: Strategies for Engineering Communication

  7. Improving Voice Stevenson/Whitmore: Strategies for Engineering Communication

  8. Improving Voice Stevenson/Whitmore: Strategies for Engineering Communication

  9. Improving Speaking Style • Address your audience directly; personalize your presentation • Use simpler words, shorter sentences, and more repetition • Distinguish between jargon and specialized language • Avoid filler sounds and words; pause silently • Audiotape presentation and concentrate on one aspect of speaking style at a time • Practice voice exercises Stevenson/Whitmore: Strategies for Engineering Communication

  10. Improving Speaking Style Stevenson/Whitmore: Strategies for Engineering Communication

  11. Practice, practice, practice To improve your confidence and delivery, consider one of the following activities: • Join a Toastmasters’ club • Take a presentation skills course at a local college • Get involved in theatre sports • Take up singing • Sign-up for vocal coaching • Take an auctioneering course • Seek opportunities to present Stevenson/Whitmore: Strategies for Engineering Communication

  12. Toastmasters • To locate the Toastmasters’ club nearest you, contact tminfo@toastmaster.org • For more general information, visit the Toastmasters’ website at http://www.toastmasters.org Stevenson/Whitmore: Strategies for Engineering Communication