Public Administration – Oral Communications
THE INFORMATIVE PRESENTATION
The Informative Presentation is a more formal, structured presentation. For this activity you will present a 15 minute oral report based on a topic idea chosen from the list on p. 322 of the text (THE TOPIC I CHOSE FROM PG 322 IS "ETHICS IN BUSINESS–WHAT WENT WRONG?" I WOULD LIKE TO USE ABU GHRAIB TORTURE AND PRISONER ABUSE AS AN EXAMPLE.) This time your presentation must be accompanied by high-quality, relevant PowerPoint visuals (see tips in WEEK 4 MATERIALS folder and Chapter 13 in your text, I WILL UPLOAD INFORMATION). One of your slides should contain the Agenda for the presentation—that is a basic outline of what you plan to cover in your presentation. While an Agenda slide may not always be a necessity, depending on the nature of the speech, it is a necessity in longer, more formal speeches to keep both speaker and audience on track. This is particularly true if you are not comfortable with public speaking to begin with. Below is a sample slide:
What to Consider when Preparing your Informative Presentation
Since the purpose of an Informative Presentation is to provide your audience with useful information about a specific topic of interest/need to them, keep the following in mind while preparing yours:
· Analyze your target audience in terms of what they know and what they need to know about your topic—i.e., have an audience in mind as you prepare this presentation.
· Gather only relevant information that will meet your audience’s informational needs.
· Organize the information based on one of the patterns provided to you on pp. 296-298 of the text. Remember, pattern and purpose are closely related. For example, if you are providing information about a problem within the company, you would not use a chronological pattern but a causal one.
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