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Section 4 - Presentation Skills

Summary and Direction

Public speaking is not something that most kids look forward to in school and can quickly become something that people avoid as time goes on. With the right tools, however, anyone can become a great speaker. A speaker can be there to motivate, teach, inform, celebrate, or to sell, but the good ones all use the same tricks and techniques. I find that videos of people actually speaking are much more impactful for this topic than just reading words on a page. Learning about public speaking tips from someone who is publicly speaking gives you a frame of reference, a visual and auditory example of the techniques they are discussing. So, instead of a lot of reading, we have three videos for you to watch. There is no ONE single method for the perfect speech, but most of the vocal and speech coaches tend to stick to a few shared topics. Not only do we like the messages and techniques in each of the three videos, we also like the opportunity to compare and contrast the approaches and techniques of each speaker.

Exit Competencies in this section

From WHO Nurse Educator Core Competencies, pages 11-16:

  • Core Competency 2 - Nurse educators demonstrate the skills and abilities to design, implement, monitor and manage curricula based on sound, contemporary educational models, principles, and best evidence. 
  • Competency 2.6 - Use transformational and experiential strategies that develop context-based nursing knowledge, skills and professional behaviours. 

Reading Viewing/Reading

  1. TedxTalk: The Surprising Secret to Speaking with Confidence – Caroline Goyder
  2. Public Speaking Documentary 2018 - Positive Revolution
  3. TedxTalk: Presentation Skills Training On the Importance of being Inauthentic


A sure-fire way to get over your jitters, or spice up a long day of teaching/learning, is the (proper) use of icebreakers. There are millions of great websites dedicated to icebreakers. We hope that having a few of them in your back pocket will help you feel more at ease in front of your students. Here are a few sites to get you started:


Multiple-Choice Evaluation

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