Week 8: An easy-to-follow story with "flow" and "focus"

While listening to a presentation we often experience difficulty in following the storyline. This happens when we feel a gap between one idea and the next, or fail to understand the connection between them. This week we look at ways to minimize audience confusion by strategically organizing the language of your presentation. You will learn techniques aimed at generating two key elements of a successful and comprehensible presentation: flow and focus. By arranging the components of a sentence in a special order, you can create a gflowh of the story that allows the audience to absorb the provided information smoothly and effortlessly. By choosing a different order of components you can also generate gfocush, so that listeners can concentrate their attention on the emain characterf of the story. These strategies are useful not only for giving oral presentations, but also for writing research papers.