In today’s podcast you’ll learn how to effectively begin a talk or presentation in English.
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Email from Mercedes from Madrid
Hi teachers! It’s Mercedes from Madrid. Since I discovered these podcast some months ago, I try to listen to them all the every weeks (every week).
Really useful to improve my level. I’m just wondering if you could talk about how start a talk in English.
I’m working as a telecom operator and sometimes I have to talk for small audiences.
Happy to know how (what) is the best way to start a talk with something to capture the attention of the public: maybe an anecdote or a question?.. many thanks in advance. Best, Mercedes.
We talked a little bit about very general advice about Presentations in episode 12
Beginning a Presentation
The first few minutes are the most important.
Body language and tone or voice and intonation is MORE IMPORTANT than what you you actually say. How you say something can be more important than what you say.
Before you start your talk, you should introduce yourself, thank people for coming, and maybe make a very short comment that the audience can relate to. For example,
“Good afternoon! I’m Craig. Thank you for coming to this talk. I hope the lovely lunch we’ve just had won’t put you to sleep!
Start with a question or a problem that needs to be solved:
“Has anyone here ever had someone swear at them or verbally abuse them on the phone?” What would you do in this situation.”
Or you could start with some shocking fact:
“Every year, telecom operators receive on average 147 personal complaints about their service. 147 complaints! How can we reduce this number?”
Asking your audience to do something really helps them to engage with your talk:
“Put up your hand if you’ve been insulted on the phone at least once this year?”
“Now turn to the person next to you and explain how you dealt with it and how you felt?”
State the purpose of your talk/presentation:
1. Today I’ll be talking to you about the importance of a balanced diet in the 21st century.
2. This morning I’m going to tell you about the latest developments in our new project.
3. This afternoon I’ll be taking a look at the rise in pop-up shops.
4. I’ve come here today to report on the results of the questionnaire we sent to clients.
Outline the structure/format of your talk/presentation:
1. I’ll start by identifying the key components of a balanced diet, and then I’ll go on to discuss the most effective ways of obtaining those components.
2. First of all, we’ll look at what has been happening up to now before going on to discuss possible future ideas for the project and then answering any questions you might have.
3. We’ll begin by outlining the origins of pop-ups, then discuss their future viability before comparing your own experience with them.
4. After briefly filling you in on how we devised the questionnaire, I’ll move on to highlighting the key points of the results, and finally examine where we can improve. There’ll be time at the end to ask questions.
We mentioned a useful book on giving presentations in episode 87 about Academic English:
Presenting in English: how to give successful presentations, by Mark Powell
Talk Like Ted – Carmine Gallo: http://www.carminegallo.com/books/talk-like-ted/
Why is it so difficult to give a presentation?
– nerves – Know your subject!
– length – Keep it short!
How can you improve?
– Practice! Practice! Practice!
– use cue cards/bullet points
– Record yourself on audio and video
Do you enjoy giving presentations?
…and now it’s your turn to practise your English. Do you have a question for us or an idea for a future episode?
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