SOLO TALK PREPARATION
• Remember that one third of your total mark from
this course comes from your talk mark!!!
• The GRC expect you to give an individual talk of
‘considerable length’ and which is made up of
ideas of ‘quality, relevance and distinction.’ This
means you have a lot of work to do preparing
your talk, and getting all that prepared material
into a format you can easily use.
Preparation And Planning
• Choose a topic about which you are
• Know your purpose
• Know your audience
• Do research
• Make notes about your topic
Rules of Solo Talk
• Once you have decided what you are
going to talk about you need to consider
the following aspects in order to make
your talk effective.
Because the main purpose of this talk is to
give information, that information must be
given in a STRAIGHTFORWARD and
Your introduction should introduce the
TOPIC you are going to talk about and
perhaps say what areas of this you will be
including in your talk.
You need to know where your talk is going.
• One that hooks the listener
• One that creates an impact on your
audience, interests them
• TRY to avoid ‘I am going to talk about….’
Or ‘My solo talk will be about…’
The main body of your talk.
It is a good idea to cluster related
information before you write your talk.
This means that all similar ideas/topics
should be in the same paragraph/card.
Once you have clustered the
information you need to decide which
information is the most important and
decide on a logical sequence for your
• You must now decide what idea you want to talk
about first. It may be someone’s family, where
and when they were born, his education, how he
started his career? It may be what age you
started your hobby/sport. It might be a definition
of the subject. Or it may be that you want to talk
about a topic such as a volcano. You should
look at the first idea in connection with
volcanoes. ie how a volcano is caused.
• Vary the lengths and types of
sentences you use.
• Avoid repetition, try not to stutter, use
pause fillers (let me think, let me
explain this in more depth etc.)
USE HUMOUR AND ANECDOTE
• This is the best way to win over an
• Make them laugh
• Use an anecdote – An amusing story,
often one we tell about, or even against,
• You can make a story more interesting
than it actually was to impress your
USE RHETORICAL QUESTIONS
• Using a rhetorical question is an effective
way of engaging your audience, getting
them to think about what you are talking
about. Ask the audience questions, they
will know not to answer.
Use Emotive Language
• Emotive words are strong words that reveal your
interest or passion about a subject. Words that
rouse the listener’s emotions.
• When showing anger, disgust use emotive
language to show that you are being negative.
• Egs. Disgusting, terrible, shocking, etc.
• Positive – Fantastic, wonderful, fabulous etc.
• The GRC do not say anything about using notes.
However they do say that you have to ‘make
appropriate use of eye contact…and
gesture’, and the way you handle your notes
• Your notes are there to support you if you need
them. You should never read your talk out – this
is not what you are being marked on. The best
way to avoid this is to keep your notes as short
as possible, so that you can’t just read.
• It can be a very good idea to use props in
your talk. For instance if you are talking
about a sport you play, you could bring in
the clothing or equipment. Use a
PowerPoint if you want.
Finishing Your Talk
• You must make sure that you finish your talk
properly too. Use one of the following to end
• Thank you very much for listening to my talk…
• I hope you all enjoyed my talk…
• That is the end of my talk does anyone have any
questions for me?
Working on your presentation
You will need to do some research on your chosen
You can do this by doing the following:
• Going to the library in school or in your neighbourhood.
• Going on line and doing some research on the web.
• Asking teachers or your family who may have information on
your chosen subject.
• You may also write to organisations who may send you
information or leaflets to help you.
DO and DON’TS
In each of your Individual Talks:
• Don’t read out a talk you have written. This
is counted as reading and not talking
• Don’t memorise your whole talk. Again,
this is counted as a form of reading.
DO and DON’TS
Use Notes (prompt cards) to help you to deliver
Do relax and enjoy your Talk. Remember you
know more about your Talk than anyone else.
Do use visual aids to make your Talk come
alive. For example, if you are talking about a
holiday, show some photographs. If you are
talking about a competition, bring the medal you
won. If you are giving a talk about motorbikes,
use a computer to show a diagram of an engine