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									Solo Talk

• 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
           NOW WHAT???
• 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.
        GOOD OPENINGS!!!

• 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
             Clustering ideas
• 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.)

• 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

• 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.
              USING NOTES

• 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
  affect these.
• 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.
            USING PROPS

• 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
  your talk.
• Thank you very much for listening to my talk…
• OR
• I hope you all enjoyed my talk…
• OR
• 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
  your Talk
 Do relax and enjoy your Talk. Remember you
  know more about your Talk than anyone else.
  Be confident.
 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

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