7.9: Practice giving a presentation using a simple theme trail

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Theme Trails – There are many ways to structure a presentation – logical/sequential, time based/historical, comparative, theory and proof, mosaic, etc. Whatever structure you choose, your aim should be to make your content as clear as possible for the audience to understand.

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The Four P’s is an example of a theme trail.

1. Position

  • outline the present situation
  • establish common ground
  • show you know

2. Problem

  • introduce the need for change
  • dig the hole in which to plant your idea

3. Possibilities

  • choices
  • evaluate alternatives
  • give evidence/examples
  • relate past experiences

4. Proposal

  • final choice
  • based on possibilities
  • solves the problem

 

Other Possible Theme Trails:

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Activity
Give a 3-5 minute presentation to the group using one of the above-mentioned theme trails on a topic of interest to you. Give each other feedback after the presentation.
 
 
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