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Leaders That Listen Public Speaking Curriculum

Presentation Guide


This toolkit contains guiding principles for crafting clear and engaging presentations, from well-organized content to intentional oral delivery. Use these resources to present in a way that is authentic to you and your message by exploring speech templates, warm-ups and practice drills, principles of presentation content and delivery, methods for using your voice and body, presentation project ideas and rubrics, and how to create youth-led events.

Resource 1: Presentations: The Life of a Leader


This essay reframes presentations as a tool for self-expression and learning, instead of regurgitating information.

Resource 2: Using Presentations to Encourage Diversity


This essay outlines how to use presentations as a way of disrupting power dynamics and patterns of exclusion.

Resource 3: Getting Presentations Started: For Educators and Facilitators


This one-pager contains 6 personal checkpoints for preparing people for presentations.

Resource 4: Getting Presentations Started: For Speakers


This one-pager contains 6 personal checkpoints to help speakers craft engaging presentations. Check out the video on tips for “How to Feel More Prepared for Your Next Speech”.

Resource 5: Getting Presentations Started: For Listeners


This one-pager contains 6 personal checkpoints to help people be better audience members when listening to presentations.

Resource 6: Presentation Cheat Sheet: Tips for Structure and Language


This resource describes common elements for structuring presentations so that they flow effectively.

Resource 7: Persuasive Speaking—A Template for Presentation


This resource shows how to structure content into persuasive presentations and offers 12 tips on persuasive content.

Resource 8: Informational Presentation Template


This resource shows how to structure content into informational presentations and offers 12 tips to clarify content.

Resource 9: Presentation Warm-Ups and Practice Drills


These 9 short activities can be used as drills and warm-ups to build strong presentation habits.

Resource 10: Oral Delivery Cheat Sheet


Use these tips to improve eye contact, gestures, and vocal tone, avoiding distracting habits.

Resource 11: Vocal Technique for Presenters


This resource describes methods for working on vocal tone, volume and support, and overall vocal health.

Resource 12: Using Your Body to Communicate: A Checklist


Use these tips to check on physical stance, hands, movement, and overall emotional connection.

Resource 13: Using Acting Techniques to Become a Better Speaker


Use these acting tips to make more intentional choices about how to present content to engage the audience.

Resource 14: Activity Examples: Morality on the Spot and Expert Shares


Practice spontaneous speaking through short presentations such as these two standards-based examples (which include a self-assessment and prompts).

Resource 15: “Mission to Connect” Keynote Presentation Assignment Sheet


This resource provides an example of a longer 2-3 week class project to communicate a powerful message through a keynote presentation.

Resource 16: Final Presentation Rubric


This rubric can be used for a class project or giving feedback on presentations as a whole.

Resource 17: Community Change Idea: Youth-Led, Youth Voice Events


This resource provides guidance on how to encourage youth-led events and 4 examples of what these might be.

Resource 18: Project Sketcher


This planning tool and calendar help organize public speaking project goals and prioritize specific skills and milestones.

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