This Dialog course is intended to be an aid for Russian-speaking management personnel (and others) wishing to speak in public in English to business colleagues, supervisors or other interested groups. The Course provides the essential elements and some tips on preparing and organizing a successful oral presentation in English.
This Course is divided into several sections, each one being based on a particular point which is important to think about in preparing for and giving an oral presentation in English. The first deals with preparation and planning, the most important stage. The second deals with the structure of the presentation and necessary language. The third speaks about visuals and how to make the best use of them. The fourth discusses how to create interest and establish and maintain a relationship with the audience. The fifth deals with body language and, finally, the sixth contains a few comments on using one's voice effectively and the correct pronunciation.
The Course recognizes that It is also important to remember that there are several formulae for an effective oral presentation: Are you explaining a procedure, trying to convince or persuade, give information or outline possible courses of action? What you are trying to do in your presentation should have a bearing on how you present. There are also cultural aspects to take into consideration in that different communities will react differently to the same presentation: English-speaking as against a French-speaking audience, a scientific forum, a literary group or an assembly of business managers.
Each audience will expect and react in various ways according to the linguistic, scientific, academic or business culture it is familiar with. Different people speak in different ways in different languages and different conventions depending on to whom, where, when and why they are speaking. All of these questions are, of course, vital to take into consideration during the preparation.