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  • Hi, I'm Anne Marie with Speak Confident English and welcome to this week's

  • Confident English lesson where we are focused on how to prepare for a

  • presentation in English and I'm going to share with you seven simple strategies

  • that will remove some of the stress, the fear or the anxiety that you have about

  • giving a presentation in English. Of course a presentation is when you have

  • to speak in front of a group of people to present your research, your expertise

  • or some important information. That might be in front of a hundred people, 500

  • people or a thousand at a huge international conference. It might be in

  • front of your colleagues at a business meeting. Those different kinds of

  • presentations have two things in common -- number one the fears that we have are

  • the same, whether it's a small group or a huge audience

  • we might be afraid of what will other people think, will they understand us and

  • how will they judge us in our second language? What happens if you make a

  • mistake or even worse if you forget a word or the grammar that you want to use

  • while you're speaking? And number three what if someone asks you a question and

  • you're not really sure if you understand the question correctly? Those fears are

  • the first thing that both small and large presentations have in common. The

  • second thing they have in common are the strategies that help us overcome

  • those challenges, overcome those worries so we can focus on communicating clearly

  • being confident and prepared when you give your presentation.

  • So let's get started on those seven strategies that you can use to be

  • successfully prepared for a presentation in English. Step number one planning.

  • Planning is essential but I want to give you a different way to think about this

  • I want you to ask yourself two questions number one where is your audience right

  • now and I don't mean the location or the place but I mean what do they understand

  • about the topic that you need to focus on? If you're talking about marketing

  • strategy and a proposal to a client what do they understand now or if you're

  • presenting scientific research what level of understanding does your

  • audience have on that topic or if you're trying to convince an audience of

  • something you want to change their mind or you want them to act on something

  • what is their current position now? The second question is after you speak where

  • do you want your audience to be? What do you want them to understand or know?What

  • action do you want them to take? When you know those two questions

  • it's like figuring out a map you have your starting point for your audience

  • and the end point and your job in the presentation is to get them from point A

  • to point B and when you think about those two questions

  • it helps you to consider what are the important things you need to discuss in

  • your presentation what do you need to highlight how can you help your audience

  • go from here point A to point B where you want them. That is your first step in

  • the planning process. Strategy number two is to know who and what. What I mean by

  • that is after you've figured out your map you know

  • where your audience is starting and where you want them to be after your

  • presentation it's really important to know who you're speaking to and what

  • should you say to them. If you are a software developer and you are going to

  • speak at a conference with other software developers they speak the same

  • language as you they use the same jargon, the same vocabulary, they understand the

  • same concepts but what if you're a software developer and you've created a

  • new application and you're going to present this application to a group of

  • new moms? Suddenly what you say is probably going to change, you're going to

  • need different language, different vocabulary because that new group of

  • moms probably doesn't know all the jargon and technical language that you

  • use in your everyday job. This is such an important step in communicating clearly.

  • When you understand what you should say and how you should say it to your

  • audience they can follow you more easily and feel connected to what you're saying.

  • Strategy 3 is to get organized. This is where you take all that information you

  • want to share, the key points, the details that you need to include. Maybe there are

  • some data, statistics, information that is essential and you need to start to

  • organize it. Typically in English we have three sections in a presentation, we have

  • the introduction or the opening and this is where you present your idea you give

  • a quick overview of the primary focus. The second section is what we call the

  • body and in this body you have your key points and your supporting details and

  • then finally section three is the closing. Now I'm not going to talk too

  • much about that because I actually have other lessons specifically

  • for each of those different sections -- what you should include, how to be better

  • prepared for each part of your presentation. Strategy number four is

  • show don't tell. What I mean by that is people love stories they remember

  • stories and they remember things that are visual. If you're giving a

  • presentation that has a lot of data, statistics, numbers, dates, times and

  • important little pieces of information consider some other ways that you can

  • help your audience understand those important details. Perhaps there is a

  • story or a graph, a chart, some visual cue a picture that you can share that will

  • help your audience visualize and more easily remember the things that you

  • really want to share with them. Now if you want more information about what I

  • mean when I say show don't tell I do have an example of this in the

  • online lesson so after you watch this video make sure to check that out to get

  • my example of showing and not telling. Strategy number five talk don't read.

  • Talk to your audience, look at them, communicate with them. I'm sure that

  • you've been in a business meeting or at a presentation where someone just read

  • the information to you and it might have sounded like this -- Strategy number five

  • talk don't read it's important to connect to your audience and to look at

  • them regularly so they feel engaged in your topic. Now did that look and sound

  • like I was connecting to you, like I was talking to you? Probably not.

  • Number one my eyes were focused on what I was reading not on you

  • or not on the audience and my voice changed, my intonation, the way I

  • expressed myself changed so as much as possible when you prepare for your

  • presentation you want to be sure that you're ready to

  • talk and communicate with your audience, that you know your presentation and you

  • can talk about it without reading everything. Of course having notes is a

  • great strategy. I always recommend having a few key points written down, maybe a

  • mind map or something that helps you stay focused and organized and makes

  • sure that you don't forget anything but you want to know your material and that

  • will help your audience be focused on you, listening to what you're saying and

  • help you to be a much more effective speaker in English. Strategy number six

  • is to think ahead. One of those fears that we talked about is the fear of

  • someone asking a question and you don't understand it which is a terrible

  • feeling. After you've started to plan your presentation and you know where

  • your audience is starting, where you want them to be and the best way for you to

  • communicate with them, if you think about what words and language to use and

  • you've started to organize your key points, all of the details you need to

  • include, you can begin to anticipate, think ahead about what are some of the

  • missing pieces, what are some potential questions that

  • someone in the audience might ask you? When you are able to anticipate those

  • questions you can also be prepared to answer them. Another great way to be

  • prepared for this is to practice your presentation in front of your colleagues

  • your friends or family and then see what questions they have at the end of your

  • presentation. Again that will help you either put the missing pieces into your

  • presentation -- maybe there's something you forgot about or didn't think about -- or it

  • can help you be prepared for those potential questions at the end.

  • And finally strategy number seven is practice. Practice

  • practice, practice. The more you practice the more you will really know your

  • presentation. You will know the language you want to use, you'll be able to

  • remember the vocabulary and the grammar that you need, you'll be able to talk and

  • connect to your audience instead of reading. And most importantly it will

  • help your confidence. Now many people encourage you to

  • practice for example in front of a mirror and that's a great strategy

  • absolutely, but I want to ask you to do one more thing. I want you to practice

  • your presentation while you record yourself and here's why -- when you

  • practice in front of a mirror it's very difficult to notice any mistakes or

  • challenges that you have in your speaking. You're too busy in the moment

  • practicing but when you record yourself when you're finished you can go back and

  • listen to it. And at this moment you have time to analyze what you've said. Is that

  • how you wanted to communicate? Are you happy with what you said or do you want

  • to change something? It's essential to have this time to think about what

  • you've said and it gives you the opportunity to make those changes. The

  • best news is no one else needs to hear your recording. When you're finished with

  • it you can delete it and no one else needs to know but it will give you the

  • opportunity to perfect what you say, make different grammar choices, different

  • vocabulary choices and feel much more confident in how you plan to

  • communicate in your presentation. As always I do have a challenge question

  • for you, I want you to visit the online lesson and in the comment section I want

  • you to tell me have you ever given a presentation in English and, if you have,

  • what is one piece of advice that you would share with someone else? In this

  • video today I shared my advice with these seven strategies but I'm sure that

  • you also have some fantastic advice from your experience.

  • I'd love for you to share that with me and with others in the Confident English

  • Community and you can do that by sharing in the comment section at the bottom of

  • the lesson. With that thank you so much for joining me. If you found this lesson

  • useful to you be sure to share it on Facebook and give it a thumbs up on

  • YouTube and I look forward to seeing you next week for your Confident English

  • lesson.

Hi, I'm Anne Marie with Speak Confident English and welcome to this week's

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