These are the slides that I used for the big 6-minute presentation in Management Communications last week.  Unfortunately, the presentation relies heavily on the spoken word for weaving together the story, so the slides may not make complete sense when taken independently.

My thesis was that the minimum driving age should be raised to 25.  I didn’t think any of the options on the list of theses was that interesting, so I chose this one because I knew it would be easy to find statistical and anecdotal evidence to make my case.

I received some great feedback from my classmates.  It mainly dealt with the content, and I took that as a positive sign that my presenting style was OK.  Here were some highlights:
<ul><li>Percentages aren’t useful without a baseline.  For example, 65% cell phone usage may not be as bad if 90% of drivers in other age groups use their phones while driving</li><li>My 2nd argument, about traffic and pollution, wasn’t as applicable to the most opposed audience (people under the age of 25) as the first argument (the high risk associated with this age group on the road)</li><li>My conclusion could have been stronger</li><li>My opening attention grabber (that 1 in 5 drivers in fatal collisions is under the age of 25) didn’t seem that significant</li><li>Avoid using “ya’ll,” since it sounds informal.  Although I wholeheartedly agree with this comment, it will be really hard to address it going forward, especially once I’m back in Texas.  I didn’t realize that I used “ya’ll” so much until I moved out of Texas.</li></ul>I have my final presentation in the class tomorrow.  I haven’t been able to practice it very much because I’ve been trying to catch up in my other classes after going out of town a few weekends back. I’m a bit nervous because I know it is isn’t as polished as it should be. Gulp.