The ability to present ideas and plans clearly, using available resources.
speaks proper English
is able to speak in public
manages stress well
is able to structure a spoken argument
uses clear language
uses the right resources (flip-over sheets, beamer, et cetera)
is clearly audible in terms of volume and clarity
looks at the audience and uses variation in his/her intonation and non-verbal behavior
is able to tell a complicated story in clear words
makes an argument more lively and engaging with appealing examples
engages the audience e.g. by asking them questions
uses various kinds of communication, both verbal and visual
responds adequately to questions from the audience
demonstrates self-confidence and expertise
uses key words reflecting the main thread of his/her argument
is able to divert from his/her argument in order to respond to questions from the audience
is relaxed and uses the space available to walk around
uses an appropriate kind of humor at the right moment which appeals to the audience
is able to switch easily from a complex level to simpler ideas
Presenting can be easily developed if the candidate has a more than average score (7,8,9) on the drives Extroversion and Self-esteem.
Could you describe a presentation you did recently? What do you think went well and what could have been better?
Could you give an example of a presentation you did that invoked critical questions from the audience? How did you respond? What was the result? What would you do differently next time?
Did you ever do a presentation that failed? How did you know it failed? What did you do during the presentation to correct this?
What do you find difficult about doing a presentation?
What presentation do you consider to be your best? Why?
Be alert to (non-verbal) signals from the audience.
Make eye contact with your audience and involve them in your presentation.
Write your presentation down and make sure you have a catchy introduction and a clear ending.
Encourage your candidate to know his audience in advance; it is easier to do a presentation to a group of ‘friends’ than to a group of strangers.
Inform your candidate about the use of voice while doing a presentation; ensure he uses his voice well in terms of pace, volume and articulation.
Analyze with the candidate which behavioral examples he could use more often.
Provide feedback on your candidate’s presentation skills in conversations with you. Was he well prepared? Does he register non-verbal signals and ask the right questions?
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