Week 3

CAPS265 Career Development III Capstone

Researching and writing is just one part of preparing a formal presentation. Another aspect to consider is how you present the information: both the order in which you share information and the way you share information. In this activity, you will research the use of tools to create or supplement your presentation. An example of a presentation tool is Microsoft PowerPoint, one of the most popular on the market. In this activity, you will look for tools that support presentations, especially any that are relevant to your chosen profession.

Formal presentations often follow a format prescribed by the setting and topic. For example, in a medical presentation, the history and physical data would be presented first, followed by the problem, followed by the assessment, diagnosis, and plan. Consider the order of your own presentations, especially in terms of your skill set articulation. What are the most important skills to highlight, and how do you arrange your delivery for optimum effect at an interview or during a networking event?

To inform your presentation work this week, read this post on Improving Presentation Style (McKeachie, 2009), which covers verbal and nonverbal cues, the use of visual aids, and organizing presentation content.

In another setting, a formal presentation might not have a specific sequence, but the presenter must still take the time to think about the best order and way to present the information to engage an audience and be persuasive. Examples of formal presentations include:

  • Sales pitch (Leung, 2014)
  • Budget review
  • Strategic planning
  • Marketing analysis
  • Segment of an interview
  • Thesis presentation
  • Educational conference or training seminar