Like golf, improving presentation skills requires practice under pressure.






Read and decide if the sentences below are True or False:



1. You’ll make faster progress unless you practise the right way.

2. Taking slow, deep breaths before a presentation can help calm your mind.

3. Using a selfie light during practice serves as a reminder that the pressure is on.

4. It is recommended to practice presentations in the same room where they will be delivered.

5. Professional golfers play mental games to improve their performance.

6. It is important to deliver the first thirty to sixty seconds of a presentation glancing at slides or notes.

7. Practicing in front of real people is the most effective way to rehearse a presentation.

8. Adding pressure to presentation slides can help improve performance.

Key: 1F; 2T; 3T; 4F; 5T. 6F; 7F; 8. F




  • to unravel – to struggle
  • the driving range – an area equipped with distance markers, clubs, balls, and tees for practicing golf shots
  • tee – in golf, a tee is a small piece of wood or plastic which is used to support the ball before it is hit at the start of each hole
  • to tee off – in golf, when you tee off, you hit the ball from a tee at the start of a hole
  • to throw (one) off (one’s) game – to disturb, distract, or interfere with one such that one is unable to perform to one’s usual standard
  • putt – a stroke in golf that you make when the ball has reached the green in an attempt to get the ball in the hole
  • out (of) the (starting) gate – at or from the very starting position
  • down cold – mastered or learned perfectly
  • workaround – any method used to overcome a technical problem, especially a problem that could prevent success
  • jarring – so different or unexpected that it has a strong and unpleasant effect on something or someone


Practice makes perfect


and choose the right answer a) -d) below:


1.What is the speaker’s main purpose in the video?

a) To provide valuable information

b) To entertain the audience

c) To criticize TED Talks

d) To demonstrate their own intelligence


2. How does the speaker try to create the illusion of knowledge?

a) By using hand gestures and adjusting glasses

b) By telling personal anecdotes

c) By showing graphs and charts

d) By using thought-provoking stock photos


3. How does the speaker come across?

a) Confident

b) Nervous

c) Indifferent

d) Frustrated


4. What does the speaker admit about himself?

a) He is an expert in his field

b) Hehas done extensive research

c) He has valuable insights to share

d) He is a phony


5. How does the speaker use filler content in his presentation?

a) By sharing interesting facts

b) By providing relevant data

c) By using numbers and graphs

d) By telling personal stories


6. What is the overall tone of the video?

a) Serious and informative.

b) Humorous and sarcastic.

c) Confusing and chaotic.

d) Inspiring and motivational.

Key: 1b; 2a; 3a; 4d; 5c; 6b



  • What’s the best presentation you have ever heard?
  • How do you feel about giving presentations?
  • What is the most difficult thing about making a presentation?
  • How can you stop being nervous about a presentation?
  • Is it better to give a presentation to five people or thirty? Why?


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