Presentation skills: hooking the audience
Lesson plan overview
This pre-intermediate and intermediate Business English lesson plan is dedicated to the topic of presentations. It is the first of a series of lessons about presentation skills. This lesson is focused on different techniques used to hook the audience at the beginning of a presentation.
Reading and useful language: After an initial discussion about presentations, students read about 5 different ways to grab the audience’s attention (rhetorical questions, shocking statistics, quotes, storytelling, using the words “imagine” and “what if” and a few examples for each type of hook. Then students are given 15 phrases, which they need to put into the correct category according to the type of hook the phrase is.
Video: Next students move on to the listening task. They take a look at the 4-step formula that is going to be mentioned in the video and talk about what the correct order of the steps is. Next, they watch the first part of the video “How to start your presentation: 4 step formula for a killer presentation” and check their answers. After that they work out how the speaker used her formula when starting her talk and watch the second part of the video to check their answers.
After watching, students discuss their last presentation, the technique they used to hook the audience and how they could improve it.
Lastly, students are asked to prepare the intro for one of the presentation topics given.
For additional speaking practice, you can use the printable set of conversation cards.
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