Video Worksheet Teacher's Notes
In this video we see Rosie, who works for fictional company Green and Pleasant, asking her colleague to listen to her presentation ahead of a big pitch. She is clearly nervous before and during the presentation. Although it may not be the best presentation, her colleague is not good at giving feedback and interrupts her several times with rude and personal comments that are not constructive and undermine Rosie’s confidence.
In the second part of the video, we see a different colleague demonstrating how the feedback should have been given. Helpful solutions such as using cue cards are suggested. The feedback focuses on positives such as what you should do rather than what you shouldn’t do.
The video comes with accompanying teacher’s notes offering a range of exercises from Pre-intermediate to Advanced levels of Open Mind (and Mind for American English learners).
Tips for improving your presentation skills
- Use cue cards to help you stay on track
- Make eye contact with the audience, use hand gestures and keep an open posture
- Keep your presentation brief and concise
- Show your passion for the topic
- Add personal anecdotes to keep it interesting
Tips for feeding back
- Be positive and objective so criticism doesn't feel like a personal attack
- Suggest solutions to problems such as using cue cards or making eye contact
- Help build confidence by saying all the things that were good about the presentation
- Be specific with criticism so it is clear what the presenter needs to do to improve