Make informational presentations: frame a key question, include facts and details that help listeners to focus, incorporate more than one source of information (speakers, books, newspapers, television or radio reports)
The ability to relate information from many, varied sources in an organized presentation.
Practice answering common everyday questions with mini-presentations. For example, when answering, “What’s for dinner?” (key question) have fun presenting the diners with the menu facts and details, options and possibilities. Make the presentation lively and engaging by giving the foods funny nicknames and/or adding descriptive information about the food such as, “It doesn’t get healthier than this – stewed kooky carrots and gooey green beans” or “This meal is one step away from a heart attack – do your jumping jacks before you sit down to enjoy!”
Contrast a boring, slow, ineffective presentation to a lively, energetic, effective presentation. Practice “acting” in both roles while presenting the same information. Evaluate together what makes the second presentation better.
Watch or listen to the news. Take notes on how they convey information. What parts do the reporters/ anchors emphasize, exaggerate, or blow up? What parts do they say quickly or skip over? When the story is finished, do you understand the main idea enough to be able to form a key question?
Have a lemonade/ punch/ cookies stand. Try to sell your product with effective presentation strategies. These can include, but are not limited to, making an attractive sign with big letters, maybe a picture, and perhaps a funny phrase or silly name for your “business”; make sure you’re dressed nicely; have some key lines and/ or questions ready to say to potential customers, such as, “How thirsty are you? Well, it doesn’t matter – this single cup of lemonade will quench a starving person’s hungry!” and, “Fresh & refreshing lemonade! Get it while it’s cold!” etc. If you like, see how differently people react when you try hard to “sell” your product versus when you do nothing but sit there.
While walking through the grocery store or even looking through your pantry, pay close attention to the items that grab your attention. What characteristics do they possess that make them stand out from others?Look at their text type and size, the colors used in their packaging and the size and shape of the packaging. Do they have a slogan, statement, or promise like, “low-cholesterol” or “The Best in the West”? Is it catchy? Look carefully and have fun!
This same practice could be applied to billboards and commercials – any type of advertising.