Professional development: How to do great presentations

Friday, September 22, 2017 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Event Speaker: 
John Howrey, Debbie Broadby, and Richard Miles
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Please join us for this special Friday event! Many educators have reservations about presenting in front of their peers. Maybe some have stage fright. Perhaps others fear being challenged by someone who may be more knowledgeable or experienced. Regardless, it is important to understand that everyone has room for growth -- an essential quality in any good teacher. These presentations are for the professional development of teachers.

Learn from the experiences of three different speakers to improve the quality of your presentations at JALT conferences and events, and pass on advice to your own students to help improve their presentation techniques. Attending this will help improve not just the quality of your presentations, but improve your chances of being invited to do presentations in the future.

Additionally, the 5th November monthly meeting will give our Nagoya members a chance to do a practice presentation and get helpful feedback before the JALT International Conference. Prepare your presentations and invite friends and colleagues to come and give feedback and to help improve. Tell us ASAP your intention to take advantage of the November meeting at:

Presenter Abstracts:

John Howrey

Many presenters concentrate on memorizing the script of their presentation, on what they will say, and not enough time practicing how they will say it. However, studies suggest that an audience’s impression of a presentation comes more from what they see, not what they hear. The hard part about body language, however, is presenters are often not aware of what signals they are sending to an audience when they speak.

This presentation will focus on some basic elements of sending a strong physical message: posture, eye contact, gestures, stage positioning, and voice. This presentation will also explain how these elements are necessary to truly engage an audience, not just get their attention. The information will hopefully be helpful for educators who are teaching presentation skills or who are looking for ways to better engage their audience when they present.

Debbie Broadby

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication” - Leonardo da Vinci

Whether you are a teacher that uses slides in the classroom or an avid conference presenter, learning how to design well thought out and simple slides can greatly improve how your audience perceive you and your research. Powerpoint, Keynote and Prezi are the most popular forms of software used to make presentation slides. Even though these may vary slightly, the key elements remain the same. The images that presenters show their audience can greatly add to or detract from their message no matter how perfectly researched and prepared their speech may be. This presentation aims to help participants explore some of the key components in slide design to help them effectively convey their message."

Richard Miles

University educators typically advise learners for whom English is a second language that making ‘good eye contact’ is one of the most crucial factors for delivering an effective oral presentation. However, few educators can actually explain what ‘good eye contact’ actually entails, and many do not practice what they preach when presenting their own research at conferences.

This presentation will begin by briefly examining findings from a recent pilot study on eye contact in English oral presentations. Findings from this study have lead to the creation of a preliminary taxonomy of potential eye contact ‘moves’, by presenters. Also incorporated in this study was the utilization of
360° camera technology, allowing simultaneous analysis of the eye contact interaction between the presenter and the audience. Following a short discussion of the findings in this study, other relevant research will be introduced, and then practical suggestions and strategies for speakers to improve their eye contact in conference presentations will be provided.

Nakamura-ku, Nagono, 1 Chome−1−47−1
Nagoya, Aichi
450-0001 Japan