ELEMENTS OF EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION

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ELEMENTS OF EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION
Competency 128.1.3: Public Presentation – The graduate demonstrates effective
presentational communication strategies in a given context.
Introduction:
An effective presentation requires careful preparation. In this task, you’ll complete a plan
for an informative or persuasive presentation. Your presentation should address an
academically oriented research topic. Your preparation should include researching your
chosen topic, planning for your intended audience, and creating an outline or other plan
for your presentation.
Requirements:
A. Write a rationale (suggested length of 1 page) for the presentation in which you do
the following:
1. Identify an appropriate purpose for the presentation.
2. Describe your intended audience for the presentation (suggested length of 1–2
sentences).
3. Explain the significance of the chosen topic.
B. Create a presentation plan (e.g., outline) for a five- to seven-minute presentation on
your chosen topic by including the following parts:
1. an effective introduction that includes the following parts:
• an attention-getting opening
• a thesis statement
• a preview of the main points of the presentation
2. support for each of the main points from part B1.
3. an effective conclusion that includes a summary of the main points and closing
comments
4. three to five credible sources
a. Provide acknowledgement of source information within the presentation plan
for any content that is quoted, paraphrased, or summarized.
b. Provide a corresponding reference list for the three to five credible sources
that includes the author, date of publication, title, and location of information
(e.g., publisher, journal, or website URL) for each of the sources. APA citation
style is the standard at WGU and is strongly encouraged.
C. Attach one appropriate visual element (e.g., chart, graph, picture, model) that
supports one of the main points with acknowledgement of any source information
used.
D. Identify three potential questions your audience may ask about your topic.
1. Write an appropriate response for each of the three questions identified in part
D.
Note: Proposed questions should not repeat content presented or serve as a quiz for the speaker.
Note: For definitions of terms commonly used in the rubric, see the Rubric Terms web link
included in the Evaluation Procedures section.
Note: No more than a combined total of 30% of a submission can be directly quoted or
closely paraphrased from outside sources, even if cited correctly. For tips on using APA
style, please refer to the APA Handout web link included in the APA Guidelines section.

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