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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hello everyone,,,
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

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Hello, 
this is very interesting.
Tanks for LearnEnglish Team.

 Thanks a lot about this video,i like it
 

Hallo everyone,
Thank You very much for these great useful pages. 
Please, could anybody explain me, what Daniel means - all down to me! Blue sky thinking! 
Thank You very much for explanation .

Hello, I found an explanation on the website unesco.org :
"Blue-sky thinking is a type of brainstorming, a free reflexion not restricted to what is practical, temporarely ignoring obstacles or opposition."

Regarding “All down by me”, I guess this means “Thanks to me, because of only me…”, particularly in this situation.

Hello
I d like to know  the meaning of these two expresions too,please.
thank u. 

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