A great article, and I think it would translate well to at least a high school audience. Here’s an excerpt from one of the habits:
2. Relying too heavily on one leg of the presentation stool.
Jim Endicott sees presentation as a three-legged stool comprised of the following:
- speech content/message;
- delivery; and
- visual presentation.
Since there are three legs to Endicott’s presentation stool metaphor, my students are plagued by three bad habits.
- Sometimes, students will put too much focus on content, while ignoring their delivery and visual presentation.
- Other times, students will spend so much time on their visual presentation that content and delivery fall by the wayside.
- For a few charismatic folks, delivery is the primary focus, and they don’t develop content or a slideshow because they rely on their wits instead of a message.
Note: This is a two-part article. Part two can be found here: http://sixminutes.dlugan.com/10-presentation-habits-unlearn-p2/