Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Presentation Preparation

Today's class runs from 8:50 - 9:26.
During this period, you must:
  • Make sure each group member's name is on every document you are turning in
  • Save your bibliography to the "Y:\Ramin American Politics\EPA Bibliographies" folder
  • Save your brief the the Y:\Ramin American Politics\EPA Briefs" folder
  • Print out a copy of your brief and your bibliography. Staple everything together and turn it in to me
  • Print out copies of the brief for each member of the group.This way the presenters will each have one. In addition, the people not presenting will have one to follow along with.
  • Outline your presentation
Your presentation before the Pollution Control Board is a 50 point project grade. It must include each of the following elements:
  • When called on to present, you will stand and approach the podium.
  • Introduce yourself and your organization. "My name is _______________, and I am here on behalf of the _____________________________."
  • Introduce your colleagues, even those who will not be presenting. Gesture to each in turn. Students not presenting: when your name is called, stand, nod to the panel, and return to your seat.
  • An introduction. Explain why you are here today. Give an overview of the 2 (or more) issues your group will focus on and any important facts you will talk about more in depth later in the presentation. State whether you will show that Chicago Clean Energy, Inc. should be able to build its proposed coal gasification plant or not (or whether you should get the land instead, Solar Service, Inc.!).
  • First issue. Introduce the point, then give your supporting facts. Think: how can I persuade the panel to believe that my position here is more correct than the other groups'?
  • Second issue. Again, introduce the point, then give your supporting facts.
  • Summary and Conclusion. Summarize the points you made, and remind your audience of any particularly important facts. Conclude by strongly re-stating your opinion. Include your organization's name at some point.
  • Be prepared to answer questions!
Break your presentation up between the two speakers. I recommend alternating between the two of you.
  • First speaker approaches the podium, introduces group, introduces position, sits.
  • Second speaker rises, introduces first issue, explains first issue, answers any questions, sits.
  • First speaker rises, introduces second issue, explains second issue, answers any questions, sits.
  • Second speaker rises, delivers conclusion, responds to any questions, thanks panel, sits.
All speakers will sit in the front row of the chapel. All other group members will sit in the audience area.

During the presentations, group members who are not speaking will have evaluation sheets to fill out. These will help you predict your success/lack of success/etc.

Any group members not preparing the outline in class today should prepare a list of at least six critical questions. When it is time to practice, watch your presenters to see if they address these questions. If not, ask them. Help them prepare strong, fact-based responses.

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