Successful Presentation

How often do we feel as if our presentation had an impact on the audience? Well, it not always about being present and speaking to the audience but engaging them in every way possible. The audience must feel connected to the information being delivered to relate to their personal experience and remain focused and interested in the presentation.  The speaker must, therefore, make the presentation interesting by portraying excellent verbal and nonverbal communication to capture the attention of the audience. The speaker must also be sensitive to diversity while choosing the topic, use evidence in the presentation, and use credible research sources. The speaker should also use technology while presenting to the audience as well as incorporating the use of ethos, pathos, and logos in the presentation.

The speaker sufficiently utilizes verbal and nonverbal communication. She is in control of the language she uses, and it comes out simple and clear to understand. The choice of language does not involve compound words that make the audience try to comprehend while the presentation is going on (Cuddy, 2012). She also uses figurative language by comparing how both human beings and animals react to power. Her transition has order, and it is easy to follow without getting confused along the way. In her nonverbal delivery, she maintains eye contact with the audience ad she can see their reaction, and it is therefore easy to determine whether the speaker and the audience agree or disagree on specific issues. Her body movement and gestures also make the audience understands what she says. For example, when she starts, her presentation not only says the word spread out but also engages her hands by opening them full in the air (Cuddy, 2012). The speaker could improve on her nonverbal behavior by using more gestures to emphasize the message.

The speaker demonstrated sensitivity to diversity by being general about how the body language shapes people (Cuddy, 2012). She did not mention a specific group on the topic, and that makes everyone relate to the topic. The speaker uses simile to compare how primates and human beings behave in power to make the audience understand the kind of attitude displayed by those in power and those who are not in power.

The research sources used in the presentation are credible since they are from reputable institutions. For example, the results from the study by Nalini Ambady from Tufts University reveal that the people who watch the soundless clip on how the physician and the patient interact might base their judgment on whether the patient should sue the physician (Cuddy, 2012). The audience sees the body language, and they believe that the physician did not violate the rights of the patient. The study relates to the topic because it somehow contradicts the belief that body language shapes who a person is, therefore, can give misleading judgment.

The speaker uses technology in her presentation by displaying pictures and videos that relate to the topic to emphasize her points thus caught the attention of the audience (Cuddy, 2012). For example, the hilarious video was the one illustrating how shaking or not shaking hands could grab the attention of the audience for quite some time and they could talk about it for long.

The ethical issues present in the presentation are the right to privacy. It is unclear whether individuals whose pictures have been used are aware and if the speaker used the pictures against their consent, then it remains an issue of concern. The speaker also uses logos by presenting facts from the experiment conducted to demonstrate how individuals can possess high and low power, and it only took two minutes (Cuddy, 2012). The speaker also uses ethos as she gives information that she is a social psychologist and she studies prejudice while at the same time teaching in one of the competitive business schools. She also makes use of pathos to capture the emotions of the audience by showing how displaying low power affects the performance of female students. Fallacies use includes the display of power by blind athletes. It is possible that they might be triumphing over the victory but sometimes not sure how to display the feeling.

In conclusion, I have learned that speech presentation does not only entail oral communication, but several elements make a speech captivating and exciting. I have also learned that to include both verbal and nonverbal strategies for a successful presentation. I should also become aware of the diversity of the audience to avoid conflict of interest and also consider using technology to enhance performance as well as the use of rhetorical appeals to make the presentation credible and exciting.




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