Oral Communication

Oral Communication
Things to remember in order to
communicate effectively
How to communicate orally?
Structure your presentation
Adapt your presentation to your audience
Study other speakers to improve
Visit the presentation room beforehand
Project your voice
Speak clearly
Be confident
Stay on topic
Summarize main points at the end
Respond effectively to non-verbal cues
Structure your Presentation
• More fluid for you and audience
• Your message is passed more effectively
Adapt your presentation for the
• Knowing your audience is the key element
• Make it so they can understand
• Captivate your audience
Study Other Speaker to Improve
• Knowing every element isn’t sufficent
• Learn from looking at influential speakers
Visit the Presentation Room
• Get comfortable with the room
• Know how to use the equipment
• Be aware of the acoustics
Project your voice
Speak loud
Ensure entire audience can hear you
Enunciate consonants
Use notes to a minimal amount
Emphasize points with change of pitch
Change rhythm not to sound monotonic
Speak Clearly
Use a clear tone
Stay at a constant pace
Use proper/appropriate language
Don’t mumble
Don’t chew gum
Don’t sound memorized
Be confident
Show enthusiasm
Eye contact
Keep a straight posture
Be comfortable with audience
Enchant the audience
Staying on topic,
• Emphasizes what the speaker is
• Eases the understanding for the audience
• Makes the presentation straightforward
At the end of the presentation,
• Summarize the key points
• Underline your main focus
• Clarify any misinterpretations
Respond effectively to nonverbal cues
• Be aware of non-verbal cues
• Gestures can alter communication
• Adjust yourself problems with those cues
• Oral communication reduces
• It is an effective communication tool
• It also offers immediate feedback
• Practice is essential
• For more information, visit our links on the
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