First impressions 1 unit overview listening and discussion ‘ You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression. ’ Anonymous
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listening and discussion First impressions in presentations
A Discuss these questions. 1 What reasons can you think of for giving a presentation to an audience? 2 What is the hardest part of giving a presentation? 3 How can you secure your audience’s attention at the start of a presentation? Think of three useful techniques. 4 Have you ever heard a speaker who you felt was truly inspirational? What techniques did they use to engage the audience? 5 What, for you, are the ingredients of a great presentation? 6 What impact do you think body language can have on a presenter’s success? Think of some examples of good and bad body language. B CD1.1 Anneliese Guérin-Letendre is an intercultural communications expert who works with Communicaid, a culture and communication-skills consultancy. Listen to the first part of the interview and answer these questions.
1 What percentage of communication is said to be non-verbal? 2 How do audiences form a first impression of a presenter?
C CD1.2 Listen to the second part of the interview. What four aspects of verbal and non-verbal communication does Anneliese talk about?
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