Oral Presentation Directions


Present a product or process idea to senior management.   Assume you are head of a development team that is attempting to sell management on a new-product idea, or you may be seeking to convince the principles of your organization to buy, invest in, or approve a new technology, process or service.  No matter your idea/proposal, you must conduct a bit of research on your product, service, or technology and then argue your findings in a persuasive oral presentation to your audience.  The goal of your presentation is to secure approval/funding/adoption/implementation, etc. of your recommendation.



·         Original work! 


·         A minimum of 7 to 10 minutes in length


·         At the time of the presentation, provide a written report in memo format for the instructor encompassing all of the information presented and the research conducted.  As a part of your grade for this project, this document should effectively (and systematically) mirror your oral presentation.  (If you are not sure how to write a memo, read ahead in your textbook. Information on memo writing can be found in Chapter 7, “E-Mails, Memoranda, and Letters.”)


·         Identify a realistic audience, purpose, and situation for your oral report, and explain this briefly before your talk. (This explanation does not count as part of the seven minutes and should not last more than one minute.)


·         Find a reliable way to rehearse your presentation, preferably by recording and listening to yourself. Find a reliable way to refer to your notes or outline. Avoid heads-down reading off a script. No points off for nervousness!



·         Use at least one visual in your presentation; plan to discuss it in your talk. Standards of clarity, appropriateness to audience, grammar, usage, punctuation, and spelling apply to these visuals just as they do to your other written work.


·         Work on the substance and clarity of your technical discussion: Make sure that you present detailed information and that your explanations of technical aspects of the report are understandable to nonspecialists.



·         Plan your introduction and conclusion carefully. Include a purpose statement and overview in your introduction; attempt to gain some interest. Do not just trail off into a mumble at the end.


·         Use verbal headings during the oral report to signal listeners when you are moving from one section of your talk to the next. Make sure your presentation is well organized and does not seem to ramble. Make sure that your presentation style is clear, audible, and understandable and that gestures and posture are under control.




Content. A good speech must have a well-defined and limited topic, a stated purpose, and clear development. The focus of the presentation should be the topic of the speech, not the personality, wit, or role of the speaker. Remember that a good speaker always puts the audience’s understanding of the topic first.


Organization. Good speeches stress organization. It is much harder to follow a speech than a piece of written communication. As a result, carefully drawn introductions and closings, transitions, and brief reviews are especially helpful for listeners.


Performance. An effective public speaker talks to an audience, not at an audience. Look for eye contact; a steady, slow pace of speaking; an audible, relaxed voice; and the ability to avoid nervous mannerisms, awkward gestures, and an unsteady posture. Speakers should never turn their backs on audiences during speech presentations.


Visuals. Large, easy-to-read visuals and well-planned demonstrations can make a speech much more interesting and understandable to an audience.


Helpful things to do:

·         Use PowerPoint (or Prezi or Slide Rocket) slides and illustrations to make your topic clearer.

·         Refer to illustrations when you discuss them.

·         Use your notes as reminders, not as something to read.


Things not do to:

·         Never turn your back on an audience.

·         Never try to speak on a topic you have not prepared carefully.

·         Never read your slides.



Evaluation Form: Oral Reports







Interesting Title



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Connects with the audience; builds interest.

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States topic and purpose.

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States main points that will be covered.

 1   2   3   4   5


Body and Conclusion



Clearly demarcate and announce each point.

 1   2   3   4   5

Cover a reasonable number of points.

 1   2   3   4   5

Conclusion reinforces the main points or perspective of the report.

 1   2   3   4   5




Speaking style (volume, pitch, rate) is effective.

 1   2   3   4   5

Movement and gestures are effective.

 1   2   3   4   5

Has characteristics of conversation rather than written speech.

 1   2   3   4   5




Provide effective support and focus.

 1   2   3   4   5

Are visible, clear, simple, and controlled.

 1   2   3   4   5

Are introduced and discussed.

 1   2   3   4   5


Presentation Tools


Make effective use of charts, slides, movies or videos, computer technology, etc.  (circle one or more).


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