Project #65919 - Oral Presentation

Prepare a 15- to 20-minute oral presentation accompanied by a 15- to 20-slide Microsoft® PowerPoint® presentation illustrating your Marketing Plan wtih detailed speaker notes.



Presentations are simply   brief discussions of a focused topic delivered to a group of listeners in   order to stimulate discussion and is an important part of the curriculum at   the University of Phoenix.  These presentations are similar to the   papers (phases) you've written with an introduction, main body and   conclusion.  I can vouch that the ability to give presentations is a   learned skill and one that is called on frequently in the workplace. 


Preparation is the key   to giving an effective team presentation and to controlling your   nervousness.  Know your topic well.  You will be the expert on the   topic in the classroom. 

  • Know your topic become an      expert 
  • Learn as much about the topic as      you can to boost your self-confidence

Visual Aids

Visual aids (maps, photos, film clips, graphs, diagrams, and charts) can enhance a presentation.

  • Keep visual aids simple and      uncluttered. 
  • Use color and contrast for      emphasis but use them in moderation
  • Use a font large enough to be      seen from the back of  the room
  • If using PowerPoint, strongly      resist the temptation to use sound effects and dramatic slide transitions


Handouts to the students provide structure.  It would be nice, although not required, to hand a hard copy of the final paper to me (Brad) prior to your presentation.  Handouts can provide  supplemental material, references, serve as a record of the presentation and   keep the other students engaged. The handout should be attractively laid out   and inviting to read. 


Practice your team presentation beforehand!  I cannot   emphasize this enough.  You have 20   minutes maximum for the presentation.  I can tell if you guys do not rehearse.  Speak loud and time   yourself.  Practice using your visual aids.  It is absolutely   important that you adhere to your time limit.  I know that you know more   about your topic than you will have time to share.  Your goal is to inform, not overwhelm.  In this case, less can   be more.


To deliver your team   presentation you will have to overcome your nervousness and deal with room   conditions.  Good preparation should allay most of your nervousness; realizing that everyone feels nervous before a presentation should also help.  Your presentation will never go exactly as you think it will.  Fortunately, they usually go better than you expect.  However, if you are using any kind of technology (overhead projector or PowerPoint) be prepared for something to go wrong and have a backup plan.

Delivery Tips

  • Begin your presentation by      telling your audience what  your topic is and what you will be      covering.  Audiences like to  have a guidepost.
  • Avoid reading your remarks!      
  • Dress neatly and      appropriately.  The rule of thumb is to dress one level nicer      than the audience will be dressed. 
  • Do not wear a hat of any kind      unless it has to do with your product or presentation
  • Speak in a clear, audible voice      loud enough to be  clearly heard in the back row.  Never,      ever mumble
  • Stand up straight, don't slouch      or drape yourself around the podium.  Don't be afraid to move      around the  room.  Moving around is good, it causes      the  audience to pay attention
  • Don't rock back and forth on      your heels, don't tap a  pencil or play with pencil or      pointer.   Don't do things that will distract from your      content.
  • Never apologize to your audience      for the state of  your knowledge or your degree of      preparation.  You are the authority, do nothing to undermine      your authority.
  • Make frequent eye contact with      the audience.  Really look at the audience as you talk to      them.  Engaging them directly with your eyes transfers a bit of      your energy to them and keeps  them focused on your      content. 
  • If you use a PowerPoint avoid      the tendency to speak to the screen instead of to the      audience.   Be so familiar with your visual aids that the only      reason you look at them is to point  something out.
  • Never turn your back on the audience      and try to avoid walking in front of the projector
  • Adhere to your time limit.       Organize your main points and rate of speech so that you speak for      your 20 minutes.  You will be surprised how quickly the time      goes.
  • At the conclusion of your presentation      - ask for questions.  Encourage questions with your eyes and your      body language.  Respond to questions politely, good-humoredly, and      briefly.
  • Humor is always a nice touch -      if used appropriately
  • Engage the other students      watching your presentation throughout. Don't let them get bored.
  • At the end of your presentation,      summarize your main  points and give a strong concluding remark that      reinforces why your information is of value.
  • Show enthusiasm.         

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Due By (Pacific Time) 04/12/2015 12:00 am
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