Essay about Presentations: Rhetoric and Audience

Submitted By amworth
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This week’s reading on presentations was very insightful and provided tips and suggestions for all aspects of the process; from planning and practicing, to actually presenting. The text offered several strategies for effectively preparing and delivering a presentation in a way that is not only informative, but also engaging for the audience. It is interesting to note that modern methods of presenting have evolved from the ancient Greeks and many of the same tools are used today including rhetorical devices as well as structure of the presentation. The Greeks way of presenting focuses on telling a story and keeping the audience engaged. They rejected the conventional format of an introduction – tell your audience, what you’re going to say, then say it – and incorporated a more personal approach which suggests; talking about the audience, talking about a previous speaker, talking about an event, talking about a moment in history, talking about a place, or talking about a point in the speech. The second part of the speech is the narrative, which the Greeks viewed as opportunity to present information in the form of a story. Next the argument and refutation allows the speaker to present key points as well as refute counterpoints. The Greeks used the conclusion to appeal to the audience for approval as well as present a plan of action as opposed to summarizing what had just been said. Chapter 8, Show Time, is particularly effective and explores various factors that contribute to an engaging presentation. Some things seem obvious such as speaking clearly without reading notes directly, but also to avoid the use of jargon. It is important to understand your audience and cater your speech accordingly – technical terms will be largely ignored or completely misunderstood if the audience is unfamiliar with the subject matter. Ultimately confidence is the most important thing when giving a presentation and that only comes with practice and repetition, but there are a…