“Proper planning and preparation prevents poor performance” ― Stephen Keague, The Little Red Handbook of Public Speaking and Presenting

Wordlist for Listening


Persons or people (noun)
Things (noun or phrase)
















opening argument




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Assignment for Assessment


You will have to conduct an interview: record it, and upload on BBL. You will be able to upload it on 13 April. Deadline: 20 April.

How to Conduct an Interview

1. Begin with a question that focuses on the person and not the topic at hand. For example,"Where did you grow up," or "What was your first job?" This relaxes the atmosphere, makes your conversation friendly and safe.

2. Make some questions open-ended. All interviews require you to ask specific questions that get answered with narrow data points. "What was your last achievement?" However, the most interesting responses you will get by asking open-ended questions, such as, "What is your vision for your organization five years from today?" or "What can you tell about..."

3. Ask what you do not know. Do not ask questions if you can anticipate the answers.

4. Listen and do not interrupt the speaker. Make the interview a conversation, not an interrogation.

5. Try not to ask a question that the person has already answered (it will show that YOU were not listening at all).

6. Ask follow-up questions. Listen to the initial answer, then ask why, when or how a situation turned out. Or ask who did what. 

7. Personalize your thank-you with specific references to issues you discussed in the interview.

About Listening:

About Demonstration Speeches:

Body Language Mistakes

1. If your eye contact with the audience is too short - this will make you look unreliable or nervous. 

2. Leaning forward too much shows that you are aggressive. 

3. Leaning back too much tells that you are tired, lazy or arrogant.

4. Nodding too often - you are a 'yes' person and not sincere.

5. Pointing with your hands at the audience creates an impression that you are aggressive.

6. Crossing your arms makes you look defensive, especially when you are answering questions. 

7. Fidgeting or wriggling makes your audience think that you are nervous.

8. Holding your hands behind your back will make you look severe and hard.

9. Looking up or looking around and avoiding eye contact with the audience shows that you are lying and perhaps you are not honest.

10. Staring can mean that you are aggressive. 

11. Not smiling (no genuine smile) will make the audience feel nervous and uncomfortable. People will wonder why you are there, standing in front of them.

12. Checking your watch or smartphone shows that you want to be somewhere else (not in front of the audience).

13. Stepping back when you are asked a question shows that you are scared because you are not sure if you are giving the correct answer.

14. Holding palms up tells the audience that you are weak. 

15. Standing with hands on hips is an aggressive and impolite posture. Avoid it!

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How to conduct an interview


Interviews are usually conducted in the following way:

1. Briefly introduce yourself (tell your full name and your major)

2. Tell the topic you are going to discuss

3. Introduce the person you are interviewing: say his or her name and designation (or profession)

4. Ask questions and receive answers from the person you are interviewing (about 5 minutes)

5. Participate in the conversation actively

6. Finish the interview with the words ‘Thank you very much for your time’ , or 'I appreciate you time. Thank you very much' to the person you interviewed.

Final Exam Topics

 Oral presentation topics:
  1. Online Advertising Methods vs Traditional Advertising Methods
  2. The Importance of Newspapers in our Daily Life        
  3. The Dangers of Using a Smartphone while Driving
  4. Does the Internet Mean the Death of Newspapers?    
  5. Special Privileges for Working Women
  6. Traditional Books and e-Books
  7. Meat Consumption and Health
  8. Effects of Exercise on Aging and Disease Prevention
  9. Is Social Media Negatively Impacting on Student Studies?    
  10. The Greatest Values of Life 
  11. The Importance of Education, Science, Technology and Medicine in Human Life
  12. The Internet for Business Students: Advantages and Disadvantages
  13. The Role of Advertising in Business
  14. The Internet and Advertising
  15. The Global Economy and Cross-cultural Communication
  16.  How to Advertise a Product: Which Methods to Choose?
  17. How to Avoid Cross-cultural Miscommunication
  18. The Modern Wonders of the World
  19. Euthanasia: Cons and Pros
  20. Application of Tablets for Business Purposes
  21. The World Wide Web and New Business Opportunities
  22. Internet Crime: Problems and Solutions
  23. Business Success Stories
  24. Stages of Finding a Good Job in the Job Market
  25. Work Ethics and the Importance of Effective Communication in the Workplace
  26. Language and Global Economy
  27. Table Manners and Etiquette
  28. Violence and Aggressiveness among Teenagers
  29. Environment and its Protection
  30. Problems of Transport and their Solutions
  31. Workplaces and Computers 
  32. Phobias and their Treatment
  33. The Effects of the Internet on Health
  34. Internet Addiction: Problems and Solutions
  35. The Qualities of a Good Manager
  36. Plastic Surgery: Procedure. Moral Implications. 
  37. Higher Education in UAE: Colleges and Universities
  38. Computer Security Issues.
  39. Use of IT in Fashion Designing. Analysis.
  40. Marketing Trends in Fashion: UAE. Case Studies 
  41. English Speaking Countries and their Cultures
  42. How to Learn Foreign Languages Effectively
  43. Health and Nutrition Problems among Students
  44. Anorexia, its Causes, and its Consequences
  45. The Effects of Fashion on People's Health
  46. Thalassemia in the World and the UAE
  47. The Social Networks and our Young Generation
  48. Is Physical Force a Justifiable Method of Punishing Children?
  49. How to Identify the Personal Characteristics of Leaders
  50. An overview of jobs that soon will be no longer required 
  51. To Err is Human. To Forgive is Divine. 
  52. How Colors Affect the Way People Feel in Various Situations
  53. What Characteristics Make an Ideal Hero and Why?
  54. What Human Qualities we Need More of and Why
  55. Is the Fashion Industry Promoting Eating Disorders in our Society?
  56. The Role of Emotional Intelligence in Business 
  57. Crime and Poverty Prevention in the World
  58. How to Deal with Difficult People 
  59. How to Motivate Yourself to Study
  60. Effects of Music on the Mind and Brain
  61. Road Traffic Accidents