The ART of the Public Speaker

Giving oral presentations requires hard work and preparation. However, no matter how much we anticipate, we always get a little bit nervous, right?

That’s why it’s vital to do our best and organise our speech and visual aids. The more we get ready, the less we’ll stress out about speaking in public.

Here goes a video of an inspiring TedTalk that might prove a useful example of how to ace as public speakers. Check out Lisa Bu’s «How Books Open your Mind» and take down notes of the following:

Content and Organisation

Tone of Voice and Speed

Body Language

Visual Aids

So, what should we take into account when giving oral presentations? What are, in your opinion, the «dos» and the «donts»?

Post your notes on a comment below.

Also, compare your views with the following checklist: Oral Presentations CHECKLIST

Do you find this checklist effective? What questions would you add or leave out?

We’ll discuss all this on Wednesday, April 8th.

All the best!


Voices in Poetry

Read the following poem and trace its voice.

Whose is it?


Write your ideas and analysis in the commenting section below!

First Day at School

A millionbillionwillion miles from home

Waiting for the bell to go. (To go where?)
Why are they all so big, other children?
So noisy? So much at home they
Must have been born in uniform
Lived all their lives in playgrounds
Spent the years inventing games
That don’t let me in. Games
That are rough, that swallow you up.

And the railings.
All around, the railings.
Are they to keep out wolves and monsters?
Things that carry off and eat children?
Things you don’t take sweets from?
Perhaps they’re to stop us getting out
Running away from the lessins. Lessin.
What does a lessin look like?
Sounds small and slimy.
They keep them in the glassrooms.
Whole rooms made out of glass. Imagine.

I wish I could remember my name
Mummy said it would come in useful.
Like wellies. When there’s puddles.
Yellowwellies. I wish she was here.
I think my name is sewn on somewhere
Perhaps the teacher will read it for me.
Tea-cher. The one who makes the tea.

Roger McGough