Verbal and written presentations

Duration: one day

'Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people' - William Butler Yeats

Aims and learning outcomes

  • Develop writing skills so that you can adapt your writing for different audiences and purposes
  • Work out your key message and make this memorable for and relevant to your audience
  • Write clearly
  • Be able to write a management report, plan an assessed assignment, draft an article
  • Plan, structure and deliver a verbal presentation effectively
  • Be aware of pitfalls in making verbal presentations and know how to avoid them

Course content

  • The process of giving or writing presentations
  • Putting pen to paper
  • Knowing your audience
  • Different styles
  • Knowing your purpose, angle and message
  • Intelligibility and jargon
  • Effective report writing
  • Language, headings and style
  • The pyramid principle
  • Writing for assignments and assessment
  • Description, prescription and analysis
  • The art of verbal presentation
  • Planning and delivery
  • Presentation pitfalls

Course features

Exercises, role play, short writing tasks, questionnaires, use of artefacts, brainstorming and short presentation practice.

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