Module 20 - Making Oral Presentations
20.4 If you use presentation software, will you automatically have strong visuals? (LO 20-1)
Not automatically. While some software packages come with effective clip art, how the speaker
ultimately uses that clip art determines whether it’s strong. Users must also pay attention to
color and composition while making slides and make sure that images are balanced according to
20.5 Why should you plan a strong close, rather than just saying, “Well, that’s it”? (LO
Like the opening, the close is a position of emphasis in an oral presentation. Leaving with a
20.6 Why does an oral presentation have to be simpler than a written message to the same
audience? (LO 20-2)
Listeners to an oral presentation can’t “rewind” the speaker if they miss a point or are confused.
Listeners usually can’t absorb as much information as readers of written documents, who can
20.7 What are the advantages and disadvantages of using humor? (LO 20-2)
Humor can often set an audience at ease, but some forms of humor have the opposite effect.
Speakers should avoid offending audiences with humor at the audience’s expense or that contains
20.8 Making a Short Oral Presentation (LO 20-1 to LO 20-7)
to Making a Longer Oral Presentation (LO 20-1 to LO 20-7)
20.10 Making a Group Presentation (LO 20-1 to LO 20-7)
Student answers will vary. Make sure students read the problems you assign carefully before
attempting to complete an oral presentation. Have them use all of the principles discussed in this
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