In class, we saw some great presentations. Teams of 3 presented findings from our expedition to the Panhandle last week. The teams looked at:
- the Panhandle soundscape
- the Panhandle landscape
- the shared-use path (north side) and its users
- the pedestrian path (south side) and its users
- people in the Panhandle (interviews)
We discussed a couple of key issues in public speaking, mainly focusing on the pros and cons of working in groups.
Following the system of Carl Kwan, we practiced transitions between speakers in a group presentation.
Areas for Improvement
A key area for future attention is the conclusion or ending of presentations. Conclusions are weird: it’s not a move we usually make in our everyday conversations. But to make an impact on an audience, a public speaker really needs to nail the conclusion.
This involves at least two aspects:
- bringing the energy back up for the closing moments, rather than tapering steadily toward a low-energy closure
- ending with a clear, strong statement of key ideas or “take-aways”