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When in doubt, think of the “Three T’s” of effective organization:

  • Tell ‘em what you’re going to tell them
  • Tell ‘em
  • Tell ‘em what you told them

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Informative presentation

Basic structure of an informative presentation

  1. Introduction
    1. Attention getter (story, startling statistics, quote, question)
    2. Reason to listen
    3. Your credibility
    4. Preview of the main points of the Body (Tell ‘em what  you’re going to tell ‘em)
  2. Body (Tell ‘em)
    1. Main Point #1
      1. Claims
      2. Evidence to support the claims (statistics, charts, examples, testimony, models)
      3. Source citations (if needed)
    2. Main Point #2
      1. Claims
      2. Evidence to support the claims (statistics, charts, examples, testimony, models)
      3. Source citations
    3. Main Point #3
      1. Claims
      2. Evidence to support the claims (statistics, examples, testimony)
      3. Source citations
  3. Conclusion
    1. Review of the main points of the Body (Tell ‘em what you told ‘em)
    2. Tie back/ connect to the Attention Getter
    3. Reason to remember/ significance of  your intellectual contribution
    4. Always thank your audience

Rubric

See this rubric of an informative presentation (PDF) for the expectations of a general informative presentation assignment.

Persuasive presentation

Basic structure of a persuasive presentation

  1. Introduction
    1. Attention getter (story, startling statistics, quote, question)
    2. Reason to listen
    3. Your special credibility, if you have it
    4. Preview of the Main Points of the Body (Tell ‘em what you’re gonna tell ‘em)
  2. Body (Tell ‘em)
    1. Main Point #1: Significance (What is the problem and to what extent is it a problem?) Use “evidence” here to support how widespread the problem is and how many people it impacts. Statistics are a logical form of support here.
    2. Main Point #2: Inherency (What in the status quo keeps the problem from being solved? What perpetuates the problem?)
      1. Structural Inherency: something inherent in the systems, practices, methods, rules, “the way we’ve always done things,” laws keeps the problem from being solved.
      2. Attitudinal Inherency: people feel or think (or don’t think) a certain way and that keeps the problem from being solved.
    3. Main Point #3: Solvency (What is the proposed solution to the problem?)
      1. Propose the primary solution to the problem
      2. List the steps necessary to implement your solution
      3. Discuss how your solution will “take out” what you included in Inherency
      4. Help the audience vision the outcome of applying your solution: it will erase or decrease what you proposed in Significance
  3. Conclusion
    1. Review of the Main points of the body (Tell ‘em what you told ‘em)
    2. Tie back to attention getter (point IA)
    3. Connect to the significance of your project/intellectual contribution
    4. Always thank your audience

Rubric

See this rubric of a persuasive presentation (PNG file) for the expectations of a general persuasive presentation assignment.

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