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Communication and Research Skills (CARS) Module 4

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Communication and Research Skills (CARS) Module 4

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In this module, you will learn how to:

Plan your presentation

Create your structure

Design your support materials

Practise and present

Review and use feedback to improve your skills


Oral presentation skills

Slide 2

Text Captions: Think about...

Your purpose

Your key message

How you will be assessed

Slide 3

Text Captions: Planning

There are many types of presentations.You may be presenting one of the following:


Role play




Prepared speech


Group presentation



Also think about the purpose of your presentation:_Do you want to inform, persuade, demonstrate, inspire or entertain your audience?

Slide 4

Text Captions: 'What’s the main point that I want the audience to remember?'

This is your key message.

A key message is:




Engages the audience

Planning - Ask

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Text Captions: Deliver Your Oral Presentation

Planning - Try this!

Presentation topic:

The mass media often uses ‘climate change’ and ‘global warming’ interchangeably, but this isn’t accurate. Discuss.

Which of these is the most 'purposeful' and

appropriate key message?

A. The mass media should start reporting on climate change more accurately.

B. Carbon emissions have increased exponentially in the last 100 years, and we must act now to change this.

C. There have been an increasing number of documentary films made about climate change in recent years.

Answer A. Good choice!

This message takes the form of a statement and is clear, concise, relevant and tailored to the audience. A good key message will engage your audience and encourage them to ask 'why?' and 'how?'.

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Often, the following factors are considered:

Content – clear message, relevant ideas, structure

Delivery – voice, use of visual aids, confidence

Audience interaction – eye contact, answering questions

Consider your marking key and plan accordingly!

How will your presentation be assessed?

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Text Captions: Planning - Watch this!

Watch the video to learn more about planning your presentation.

Video transcript:

Now you’ve thought about the purpose of your presentation, your key message and checked how you you’ll be assessed, it’s time to consider some of the practical aspects of your presentation …

… Like checking if you’ve been given any specific instructions and how long your presentation needs to be. For example, have you been asked to provide handouts and are you expected to leave time at the end for questions?

This is also a good time to make decisions about what to include and what you don’t need – keep your presentation concise and to the point.

One of the most important elements to consider is your audience. Your presentation needs to be clear, relevant and interesting to engage them – so it’s a good idea to think about how much they already know about your topic and decide if there are any aspects of your presentation that will need to be explained. Also think about what your audience might want to know about your topic and what they are expecting.

You may already know what message or information you want your audience to go away with; now you can focus on how you present your message in a way that engages their interest. If they’re interested they’re likely to have questions they want to ask; so be prepared to answer questions about your topic!

The venue for your presentation is another element to consider: if you’re not already familiar with it, go and check how the room or theatre is set up. Think about where to stand so that everyone in the room will be able to see you as well as your visual aids. And check if everyone will be able to hear you - if the venue is a large lecture theatre, you may need to use a microphone.

Another reason for checking the venue for your presentation is to make sure you know how to use the audio-visual equipment, for example to set up your slide show. You can also decide whether to use a USB presentation ‘clicker’ or pointer for your slides - this will allow you to move more freely around the room, to move between slides more easily and to direct the audience’s attention to what you want to focus on.

Taking care of the practical elements of your presentation will help you to deliver your presentation confidently, smoothly and professionally.

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Text Captions: Planning

Check that your presentation has these components.

Click each heading to learn more.


Understand the key message or purpose of your presentation. Consider: what one message do you want your audience to walk away with at the end?


Think about the context. Are you asked to give a brief overview or an in-depth look? Will you be making an informal remark in a tutorial or in an assessed formal presentation? How long is your talk?

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