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2 Presenters can use different techniques to get their audience’s attention at the start of a presentation. Match the techniques below to the examples.

a) tell a personal story c) ask a question

b) offer an amazing fact d) state a problem

1. I wonder if any of you know the answer to this question: What is the most promising career today?

2. A few years ago when I was at high school I met a famous journalist (I  don’t want to mention his name now) and I was so impressed with his extensive knowledge and fascinating stories that I decided ...

3. Let me give you a statistic: about 1200 students study at the Faculty of Philosophy and Social Studies, majoring in four fields.

4. Many students are dreaming about a degree in web journalism. What is unique about web journalists?

5. The success in learning English greatly depends on your efforts and motivation. What recommendations can be given?

Developing communication skills:

Addressing the audience in a formal (semiformal) situations

Ladies and Gentlemen,

It gives me great honour to preside over this evening’s event ...

Dear friends,

I’m Cathy Smith. Today, I’m here representing the ... organization ... I’m going to outline the program we’ve developed for you for these days. First, ...

Honoured guests,

I am most pleased to be here today to participate in this important seminar and to discuss ...

Good morning everyone,

On behalf of myself and organizing committee, I’d like to welcome you ...

Dear colleagues,

It is a great pleasure for me to extend to you the warm welcome of our Organization. First of all, let me introduce myself. My name is ...

Esteemed Mr. Chairman, Esteemed delegates...

It would be very difficult, indeed, for me to express adequately my appreciation of the honour which has been conferred upon me by inviting me to address this great gathering …

Good evening.

This is Ronald Reagan, President of the United States. I am pleased to speak to you on the occasion of the New Year. (televised New Year’s Day address)

3 Address the audience, adding an opening sentence or two

1. An audience of students stating the purpose of your address

2. An audience of professors and students who have gathered for participating at Annual Students’ Conference

3. Members of official foreign delegation visiting BSU.

4. A group of high school students visiting the faculty on Open Day.

5. A group of high-ranking officials at the meeting of American-Belarusian Friendship Society.

4 Prepare four different openings using the techniques above. Practice the openings with a partner. Choose one of the presentation situations below.

        • You are talking to high school students. You want to persuade them that knowledge of English can be beneficial to any career.

Audience: high school students.

  • You are going to make a report at the International Seminar ‘The techniques of planning a presentation’.

Audience: participants of the conference, teachers and students of universities.

5 Discuss these points:

1. What is the problem with reading a presentation word for word? What alternatives are there?

2. How can you ‘break the ice’ at the beginning of a presentation?

3. Is it a good idea to tell the audience at the beginning what you will talk about and for how long?

4. Is it a good idea to summarize the main points again at the end?

5. Some people prefer to answer questions during the presentation, others at the end. What are the advantages and disadvantages of both methods?

6. What kind of audio-visual aids do you use in your presentations?

7. Can you give any other advice on how to give a successful presentation?

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