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ERIC Number: EJ887133
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1552-8391
Speaking off the Cuff: Strategies and Activities for Developing Presentation Confidence
Blaszczynski, Carol; Green, Diana J.
Journal of Applied Research for Business Instruction, v8 n2 2010
Presentation mastery is a skill of paramount importance in the business world. The Partnership for 21st Century Skills has delineated the ability to "articulate thoughts and ideas effectively using oral, written and nonverbal skills in a variety of forms and contexts" as a student outcome under learning and innovation skills. Ability to think on one's feet and to deliver presentations is a skill that employers desire in their employees. Many people are fearful of making presentations; and being asked to deliver an impromptu presentation, regardless of the length of that presentation, only increases their fears. In this article, the authors discuss strategies and activities that can be used by business instructors to improve the ability of their students to deliver presentations with confidence. The purpose of this article is threefold: (1) to familiarize readers with strategies that can enhance student ability to deliver presentations; (2) to introduce short presentation activities that the authors have found to be effective in increasing student presentation confidence; and (3) to describe strategies and activities that build fluency and decrease the incidence of filler expressions. (Contains 1 table and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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