Tag Archives: public speaking

Do’s and Don’ts of Slide Show Presentations

public speaking
When students share a slide show presentation they have created with the class, prepare them for success with a discussion of effective public speaking strategies. A few basic guidelines can turn a presentation into an engaging, interesting, and compelling learning experience for both the speaker and the audience.


  • Rehearse by yourself, to a friend, or in front of a small group and ask for helpful suggestions.
  • Prearrange for a friend to signal if you are talking too fast or using distracting gestures.
  • Take a breath to relax before beginning.
  • Greet the audience and smile.
  • Use a clear voice.
  • Speak loudly enough for others to hear.
  • Change the pace and vary your tone.
  • Speak in an upbeat and energetic manner, indicating your enthusiasm in the topic.
  • Let the audience know they can ask questions at the end to encourage them to listen carefully.
  • Add information that is not on the slide: extra details, personal anecdotes, or examples.
  • Make eye contact with a variety of people in the audience.
  • Pause occasionally.
  • Be confident! You are the expert on the topic!


  • Read the information on the slide or speaker notes to the audience.
  • Use distracting gestures such as twirling hair, pacing, or fidgeting.
  • Turn your back to the audience and look at the screen.
  • Maintain focus on only one member of the audience or at the back of the room.
  • Speak in a dull voice or monotone.
  • Talk for too long – try to fit in the time limit you are given.
  • Start sentences with “So…” or repeatedly say “You know” and “Like”.

Competence in public speaking is a valuable asset. It can contribute to success in relationships, school, and careers. Give your students a head start by helping them build this essential skill.

Teach Public Speaking Skills

Teach public speaking skills

TechnoPresenter teaches public speaking skills

Designed to develop public speaking skills, TechnoPresenter is the newest project release by TechnoKids Inc. In this project, students create an effective presentation and then learn how to capture the interest of an audience. With specific strategies and step-by-step lessons, students build the skills to become effective communicators.

TechnoPresenter can be integrated into any curriculum area – social studies, science, history, geography, or health. The project is inquiry based: teachers select the topic for the presentation, then students formulate their own questions on which to focus their research. Using Google Slides or Microsoft PowerPoint, students build a foundation in presentation skills: creating slides, researching information, adding and formatting text, making a table, and adding images and Word Art to engage the viewers.

Finally, students are guided through the rehearsal and practice steps of the oral presentation. They learn how to use speaker notes to add extra details, examples, a personal story to share, as well as links to the online sources they used. public speaking With specific directions about voice, pacing, body language, and eye contact, the student presenters are well on their way to becoming confident and skilled public speakers.

Additional optional activities include:

  1. Turning the project into a collaborative activity
  2. Inserting a video
  3. Creating a graphic organizer
  4. Animating text
  5. Having fun with body language skits

Learning how to become an effective public speaker can contribute to success in both school and career goals. And the earlier students learn these skills, the more likely they are to feel comfortable speaking to a group. Catch them before they build that nervousness or fear in later grades. There are several more reasons for teaching public speaking and presentation skills:

  • Builds other skills such as leadership, creativity, persuasiveness, charisma, and organization
  • Boosts self-confidence and self-worth
  • Fine tunes verbal and non-verbal communication skills
  • Develops poise and confidence for other contests such as Spelling Bees and State and National level debates and speech competitions

Learn more about TechnoPresenter and how to teach public speaking skills.