Watch Daniel and Sarah make their presentations to see who can impress Philip and Marcia the most.

Instructions

Do the Preparation task first. Then watch the video. Next go to Task and do the activity. If you need help, you can read the transcript at any time.

Task

Comprehension task

Read the statements and decide if they are true or false.

Exercise

Task 2

Business notes

When asked to give a presentation as part of a job interview it’s a good opportunity to showcase your skills especially if giving presentations is actually part of the job. It’s also an area where you could make mistakes if you are not well prepared.

Basic Guidelines For Designing Your Presentation

List and prioritize the main goals that you want to accomplish with your presentation. For Sarah and Daniel these would be to show an interest and understanding in the work that WebWare does and in the position that is being offered i.e. sales director.

They also need to demonstrate that they have the particular skills needed for the job. In the video, Daniel has obviously set the wrong goals for his presentation where he talks mostly about himself and his achievements in a rather egotistical way. In contrast, Sarah shows that she has given some thought to WebWare’s business and how she feels she can improve it in the future.

It’s important to set the right tone for the presentation. Daniel’s presentation was more of a performance as he strode around confidently, gesticulating and even attempting to play a song on his harmonica. He was far too casual and the tone he set was not one of professionalism.

In contrast, Sarah appeared relaxed, well-prepared, serious and business-like.
Allow time for questions and answers at the end. Sarah asked the interviewers if they had any questions, whilst Daniel merely asked if he had got the job!
If you're speaking to a small group then try to accomplish eye contact with each person for a few seconds throughout your delivery. Don’t look at your materials or notes all the time.

Speak a little bit louder and a little bit slower than you normally would do with a friend. A good way to practice these guidelines is to speak along with a news anchor when you're watching television. Also try to vary the volume and rate of your speech. A monotone voice will send your audience to sleep!
 

 

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Dear Progressive,
I suggest you don't worry too much about not understanding everything when you watch a movie or TV drama. I sometimes have problems when I watch something like this; many shows and films have very fast speech at the same time as loud background noises. I know lots of English learners who can easily have normal conversations, but who can't understand much TV entertainment.
I'm not sure I'm the best person to offer advice on school volunteering, as it's not something I know a lot about. If you have some experience in teaching, it will probably help. The BBC have a page about volunteering in schools which might help you.
Best wishes,
Adam
The LearnEnglish Team

Dear Learn English Team,
First of all i like to thanks British Council for creating such a brilliant videos,its really informative as well as helping people to learn English.I am new in UK, i came here on spouse visa,i feel difficult to understand the ascent of native people,at the moment i am not able to go even to shopping malls independently.I also want to do job here.This is my heartiest wish to speak fluently and understand the ascent of native people easily,i want to enhance my communication skills in English.
Please help me and guide me.I will be very thank full to you.
 

Dear Progressive,
Thanks for your very nice comment and welcome to the UK! You write English very clearly and with a good vocabulary, so I'm sure it won't take long until you are confident in talking to native speakers.
Are you in an area with a very strong local accent? Can you understand the more 'standard' English you hear on national TV and radio?
We have lots of videos and audio files here on LearnEnglish that will help you to become more confident with listening to native speakers. I'd suggest you go to shopping malls as soon as possible. You might find that you don't understand every word you hear, but the important thing is that you understand the meaning of what people say.
Best wishes,
Adam
The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you for LearnEnglishTeam. This video is very interesting.
By the way, I have a job as manager for while of years. Now i think to get more responsibility. so i must to improve, especially my English skill... and wish these materials can help me.

Nice way to learn the presentation skills.

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i am walid from jakarta indonesia,
I am new comer here,and I am so happy can join with this club,thankss so much

Hello, I would like to thank you for this video it really  helped me to exercise for my jobs interview...and the good news are that I finally got the job. Thanks a lot ^^
 
Sabrina

Hello Sabrina,
That's fantastic news! Well done on getting the job and I'm very glad to hear that LearnEnglish was able to help you. (Although I'm sure 99.9% of your success was because of you!)
We have lots of materials to help you use English in your new job and we will be adding a lot more over the next few months, so keep your eyes open!
Best wishes,
Adam
The LearnEnglish Team

The best material I have ever seen, very helpful for me and my future. Thanks a lot guys. Brilliant job

i wanna say thank you British council team for a good effort , really , I shoud make use of this site ? than you for standing with us ?you worth mu candle

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