Presentation on theme: "Presentations and Group Work"— Presentation transcript:
1Presentations and Group Work Study Skills Workshops 2015Presentations and Group Work
2Session outline Interpersonal skills Giving presentations Group work Considering the audienceBeing preparedStructuring your presentationConfident deliveryCommunications skillsGroup workWorking effectively with othersStrategies for managing groups
3Interpersonal Skills Discussion questions – 5 minutes Make a list of all of the different scenarios at university that require use of interpersonal skillsWhy are students asked to give presentations?Why are students asked to work in groups?In small groups, discuss each of the questions.Feedback to whole group and mindmap responses
4Giving Presentations What makes a presentation ‘good’? What will the tutors be assessing?- ability to summarise key information- ability to structure an ‘argument’- quality of preparation and delivery- use of supporting visualsMindmap responses to what makes a presentation ‘good’ – ask students to consider presentations or lectures that they have found effective.Delivery style – overcoming nervesTASK: In pairs, do shapes exercise – Ask students to sit back-to-back and one student to describe the shapes to be drawn by the other student. The ‘drawer’ is not allowed to communicate.What did they learn?What features of communication did you recognise from this game?What sort of descriptions work best?How did you respond to being given information you didn’t understand?How does this relate to giving presentations?
5Consider Your Audience Purpose?Aims?Audience?Length?Purpose?Why have you been asked to give this presentation?Aims?Are you being assessed?If so, what is their marking criteria?Audience? Who are the members of the audience and what do they do? (e.g. assessors, peers, employers)What interests your audience?What is the benefit to the audience of listening to your presentation?What do they already know about the subject?What is the relationship between yourself and the audience?How will what you are going to say affect them? Will you shock or upset them?Length?How long are you being asked to present for?Will you leave time for Q&A at the end?
6Effective communication Never assume knowledgeGive an overview – introductionMake sure your presentation is structuredCheck understanding & make sure your audience are still engaged – check body languageBe aware of the language you are usingBe flexible and adaptable, use a variety of media if possible and re-cap.Be enthusiastic!
7Being Prepared Get your ideas down – mind maps, lists, diagrams Structure - Introduction, main content, conclusion, referencesVisual aids – power point, handoutsPrepare prompt cardsRehearseOther questions to consider:What technology will be available?Handouts:What will you put on it?Additional informationDiagrams/ GraphsWhen will you give it to the audience?Beginning – to make notes?Middle– to add interestEnd – as a reminderIs it clear and helpful?Powerpoint slides:Title slideKeep it simpleFont size, colour, backgroundsAnimationsPractiseTry using the presentation planner on ASK
8Structuring Your Presentation TitleIntroductionMain BodyConclusionQuestionsTell them what you’re going to tell them, tell them, tell them what you told them!Title - make sure it's clear and relevantIntroduction - Introduce yourself; state the topic, aims or purpose of the presentation and provide an outline of the discussionWho are you? Why are you giving this presentation?What will be covered?What are your objectives?What’s in it for them?Use an opening attention grabber...?Main body - Make your case as you would with an essay; support your views with reasons and evidence; keep it clear, concise and directDetails in smooth, logical orderLink and recap between pointsIllustrate points with e.gsSupport points with reasons & evidenceClear, concise, directConclusion - Restate the main points, develop some conclusions and review the implications, then bring it to a clear end Summarise main pointsDevelop conclusions & review implicationsBring the presentation to a clear endAsk for questionsQuestions - Leave enough time at the end of your session for the audience to ask you questions
9Overcoming NervesOften, students spend so much time worrying about the presentation, they leave little time to prepare what to say!Preparation and rehearsals helpArrive earlyCheck out the room firstTake water with youAct confident!Reflect & evaluate
10Giving the talk Non-verbal communication Speak more slowly and loudly than you normally wouldDon’t apologise for anything you think could be betterLook up and make eye contact to break down audience into individualsUse pauses to get your breath back!TASK: In pairs or small groups, prepare a two minute presentation on ‘how to make a cup of tea’ or ‘why I came to university’ – use flip chart. Handout ‘Assessing oral presentations’Present to whole group and offer feedback on presentations
11Group WorkDiscussion- Identify one occasion when you were in a group that worked well. What made the group successful?Relate to skills set needed for presentations
12Creating a TeamWhat practical steps can be taken to ensure effective group working?Have a positive attitudeGet to know your team – identify strengthsCreate a productive environmentGround rulesGroup working practicesDecide on roles within the groupCheck understanding of the taskEstablish goalsShare contact detailsAgree meeting datesTechnology can work well to maintain group projects - What’s App, Facebook groups, SkypeIf problems are encountered – address them and/or speak to your lecturer
13Resources ASK website advice on presentations & group work student.brighton.ac.uk/askLearn Higher Resources