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Presentation Skills for Business

30 Nov 2015, 04:16 PM
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Prepare a presentation: communicative styles

Hello again,

We hope you are enjoying these first sessions of our course. Based on what we read in the forum, you are, and that is fantastic news!

In this case, we would like you to train addressing each one of the four styles we learned, remember they are: efficient, visual, detail oriented, trusting).

Please choose one of the below suggested case studies. Once you have, prepare a short presentation where you design and tag your slides with the communicative style it is addressed to.

  1. You're a NASA scientist who participated in the discovery of water on Mars. Explain your (extraordinary) findings to a class full of elementary school students.

  2. You're the CEO of a multinational ice-cream company who's season's results didn't meet the target. Explain the (unhappy) board members the reasons why and bring forward recommendations for the next summer.

Share it in your journal by posting screenshots of each slide and the ideas related to each slide. Don't forget to tag each slide with the style it is addressed to! (I suggest you put a small footer with the letters E, V, D or T).
If you are technically savvy you could of course also record a screencast and upload the video of your screencast to the learning journal.

Enjoy!

Test: Discover your communicative style

2 comments

4 DETAIL answers, 3 TRUSTING answers

Comments

over 1 year ago
  1. You’re on a trip with your friends. You are being told how the day will proceed. When do you stop listening? a. As soon as I can picture more or less how the day will look like b. As soon as I know if I will have to do something c. Stop listening?! I don’t, my friends are talking! d. I stay focused, I don’t want to miss anything.
  2. At work, when you assign a task to someone in your team … a. You try to explain the context, the reason why this task is important and the objectives related to it to be sure they will complete it (on time!) b. You explain what type of output you expect, that should be enough c. You are sure they will complete it, you are the boss after all d. You briefl mention the context and who can assist them if needed
  3. It’s dinner time and you are thinking about cooking something a. You pick a recipe by taking the time to read the ensemble of ingredients and tools you will need as well as the steps required b. You look online for bloggers you know and bingo! c. You google ‘what to eat tonight?’, click on the fist appealing link you see and start cooking f. You google food images, choose something appelaing and try to make something similar with what you have in your fridge
  4. When you plan for a big trip … a. You base your choices on people’s recommendations b. You take the time to read webs, blogs and guides to fully grasp the country you are about to visit before taking any decisions on the route you will do c. You picked that destination because your close friend went there last year and loved it d. I don’t plan for a trip, I buy a ticket and the rest will follow
  5. You need a watch, how do you choose one? a. You have been thinking about it for a long time and have a clear idea of what you want it to look like b. You more or less know what you want but trust the person at the store will help you make the fial decision c. You go in the store and pick the one you saw the other day one someone’s wrist and liked d. You just need a watch… any will do
  6. You are preparing for an important presentation for work. Your slides are: a. Big titles, few concepts. It is enough to support your speech b. Detailed sentences and explanatory texts to help your allocution c. Mostly images to guide your explanation d. There is not a clear pattern, your boss likes to use diffrent resources and so do you
  7. You want to tell your friends about an interesting article you read the other day a. Before talking about the article, you tell them in which newspaper you found it and mention other articles you found interesting in the past b. You tell them you read this great article and what the main insight was c. You brought the article with you and hand it to them as you speak d. You ask them their opinion about the topic of the article

So this is, in detail, my test results. I should comment them, shouldn't I?!? I take some time for thinking...

over 1 year ago

So, 4 Detail oriented (meaning rational and reflective) and 3 Trusting (that is emotional and reflective).
Yes, here I am.
Reflective: Before saying something and taking part in a discussion I have to think (too much, in my opinion :-) )
Rational: I need facts, data, notes before talking.
Emotional: Something personal and "moving" (at least, I feel I am really involved in it) is part of my opinion, so it is hard for me to express it.
I don't know if it's clear to others what I meant...

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