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Oral Presentation Skills for MPhil Students - ORB


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									Oral Presentation Skills for PhD

       Desmond Thomas,
       University of Essex
           Aims of workshop
• To raise awareness of specific skills and
  strategies needed to deliver effective oral
  presentations (in general)
• To discuss how developing OPS can contribute
  to the success of a research project.
• To identify key elements in a “research in
  progress” presentation
• To consider strategies for dealing with questions
  after a presentation
What are the features of a good
     oral presentations ?
  • Content of presentation
  • Structure? Organization?
  • Communication Skills
  • Language (eg pronunciation,
    suitable style etc)
    Points to note: Obama video
• Big difference between talking to an
  audience and talking to camera
• Amount of preparation time possible
• Signposting – not just through words but
  through pauses, stress, intonation
• Frequent use of deliberate repetition
• Importance of speed of delivery
• Importance of body language
The role of oral presentations in helping
   your research project to progress

• Clarify your thinking in two ways – by the very
  act of having to structure your thoughts and as a
  result of listener feedback.
• Produce ideas that can feed back into writing
  and can suggest new avenues to explore in your
• An integral part of a researcher’s experience:
  upgrading interviews, final PhD viva, presenting
  at conferences, delivering lectures etc etc
• Any other?
    Plan a “research in progress” presentation

•    What elements will you need to include?

ü    Research topic/draft title
ü    Reasons for choosing topic
ü    Research questions and claims
ü    Research methodology
ü    Expected findings
ü    Anticipated problems

• How will you present the information and how to achieve a balance
  between …
ü What is presented orally
ü What is presenting in writing (handouts, text of slides …)
ü What is presented visually (pictures, charts, diagrams, data tables
  How to deal with questions?
• Anticipating likely questions
• Clarifying what questions mean
• Dealing with questions that you can’t
• Dealing with inappropriate questions
• Knowing when to cut short the debate
  Reminder: Summer Term Topics
• Overview of key reading and writing skills
• The writing process – developing productive
  routines and developing a structured chapter
• Writing chapter introductions and conclusions
• Reporting and analysing findings
• Developing academic style
• Editing your written work
• Oral Presentation Skills: The Viva

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