Rather than prescribe a method for oral presentations, this article begins by examining the conception that all presentations, both written and oral, seek to tell a story. It then presents the idea of the moment of the performance as a more involved view of this activity. Then, the production is facilitated by considering the Message, Medium, and Moment of the performance.
I have spent many years investigating effective instruction around oral presentations supported by modern educational tools and have found a dearth of materials and studies. This article presents a key recurring observation about the way we teach oral presentations. Students must be our starting point, and be provided with very general reflective tools and structures applicable to a wide variety of situations in order to facilitate them attaining their own goals successfully.