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 1

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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It has 2 days since I have been trying to watch the videos without success once all of them show the message "Connection Error". Could you please check and solve the problem? Thank you.

Hello Denise de Campos,

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I bet Sarahwill get a job

The video is really helpful. It practically shows good and not so good impressions on the listeners. It helps to give a fruitful presentation. Of course it’s good for English Language.
Even I have to give presentations mostly research paper presentations.
I’d like to suggest use of graphs and pictures as much as possible. It helps to make your presentations impressive and more explainable.

This video has been very good for my learning and I have greatly improved my English.

Many thanks for this video. I was impressed by both Daniel and Saras' presentations. They were awesome (even if Sara has more professional skills than Daniel).

very good episode, teaching English and interpersonal skills simultaneously

it s helpful. I would like to continue watching. i can catch a lot.

How can I take this video files. I love to use off-line version.

Hello NyanLinn,

I'm afraid the videos are only available online, for technical and legal reasons.  You can, however, watch them as many times as you wish online, and can download the transcript and exercises to your computer using the links.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

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