Tuesday, 19 November 2002 - 11:00 AM
Hilton San Francisco Union Square 25 (50)

MEDI-25. Developing Presentation Skills in Youth Tobacco Advocates

Dana C. Mitchell, MPA, Dover Youth to Youth, d.mitchell@ci.dover.nh.us, Chaney Davis, Dover Youth to Youth, cdy2y@yahoo.com, Vicki Hebert, Dover Youth to Youth, vickiy2y@yahoo.com, Melissa Cooke, Dover Youth to Youth, supabeans@hotmail.com.

Learning Objectives: Identify and describe the four core areas where a youth presentation can be improved. Describe and replicate at least one technique used to coach youth to improve their presentation skills in each of the four core areas. List the basic steps that can be taken to prepare youth advocates in the following presentation situations: classroom, legislative, theatrical, press-media.

Abstract: This highly interactive workshop provides the participants with the core elements that make any form of oral presentation effective in conveying the message. This workshop is designed for adults that work with youth advocates and youth that want to be prepared to speak out effectively to peers, in the media, and to legislators.

Sometimes youth are sent out to speak without being fully prepared. However, any form of oral presentation by youth can be improved with training. This workshop will present a system where presentation training for youth focuses on four core areas that can provide maximum improvement in almost any presentation in a minimum amount of time. This workshop will present specific techniques to coach youth to be better presenters by focusing on the four core areas of speed control, volume control, vocal animation, and non-verbal communication.

Preparing for various types of presenting situations will be discussed, to include: classroom, theatrical, informational, and persuasive. Specific techniques that will help adults (or youth) understand how to coach others to improve their oral presentation skills will be provided. A significant portion of the workshop will be devoted to providing the audience with opportunities to apply these skills to samples of tobacco-related media.

At the conclusion, participants will have a simple framework for assessing the performance of youth presenters and they will have a structured format for developing and improving those skills.

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