Persuading Your Audience
Thu. 2nd. Period Tim Hemington
Culture, Discussion, Presentation, Speaking, Vocabulary

In this presentation class we examine different styles of presentations and look at various strategies and techniques that presenters use to persuade an audience. We study a range of examples from sales to TED style motivational presentations and students use these models to help them deliver media assisted presentations during the semester. Students choose their own topics. During the semester there are two group presentations and one individual presentation. At the end of the course, students should be able to give well structured, media assisted presentations in English in a variety of different styles.

Presentation content can include:

  • Self-introductions
  • New Products
  • Current or historical issues (politics, science, media, etc)
  • Sport
  • Culture
  • History
  • etc

This course is best suited for students who are reasonably comfortable taking instruction and participating in class in English, and who want to develop confidence when presenting in front of audiences.

Students pass the course when they successfully complete all assigned course work. Final grades are compiled from attendance, classroom participation, completed homework assignments, and assigned presentations. Students are reminded to pay particular attention to university attendance regulations. Class interaction via Moodle use is a mandatory course requirement and will be assessed in relation to the final grade. Plagiarism is totally unacceptable.

  • To practice and develop planning and oral skills to give prepared speeches.
  • To practice and develop individual and group public speaking skills.
  • To demonstrate and improve active listening skills for interaction.
  • To interact effectively in small groups to complete assignments.
  • To successfully learn and understand the criteria for giving a successful presentation to an audience.

Attendance: 10%
Class Participation: 20%
Homework (Moodle Assignments): 10%
Presentation 1: 20%
Presentation 2: 20%
Presentation 3: 20%


Orientation / Self Introductions / Ice Breakers


Presentation Styles: Some Examples


Voice and Body. Effective Techniques for Communication


Sales Presentations (Workshop)


Planning & Structuring: Presentation Development


Group Sales Presentations: Selling your Product


Presentation Feedback / Dealing with Nervousness & Distractions


Motivational Presentations (Workshop)


Planning & Structuring: Presentation Development


Group Motivational Presentations: This will change your life!


Presentation Feedback / Problem & Solution Presentations (Workshop)


Multimedia, Supporting Materials and Audience Questions


Course Review / Presentation Development / Q and A


Problem & Solution Presentations