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On this page we offer a range of resources to let you assess your strengths as a presenter, get some tips on good presentations for solo or group talks, plus a range of team building resources. Hope it helps!

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Assess Yourself with These Surveys

Are You a Team Player? You can find an answer with this self-assessment tool from Suite 101 and its Team Player Assessment test. Use this for assessing your strengths and weaknesses.

Here's another one from Leadership-Tools.com, which looks at Team-Building skills.

Three people yakking.Your Personality has an impact on how you function on a team. You need to know yourself to understand how you interact with others. For a quick take on your general personality, PersonalityType.com has a quick quiz, based on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.

Personality by Keirsey: This fellow offers a more in-depth questionnaire that lets you assess yourself. You will find many commercial offers on this site, but you can still complete the survey and get some useful feedback. Both the Keirsey Character Sorter and the Keirsey Temperament Sorter are offered.

For more general resources on teams, check out the Team Tools and More sections of this page.

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Team Building Tools & Tips

Not Stormin’ Norman: It's best known as the Forming, Storming, Norming and Performing approach, developed by Bruce Tuckman. Many people add a fifth stage, Adjourning. Those handy words describe the phases of group formation and functioning. for an overview of the process, check out this Stages of Group Development at this site. If you’re trying to figure out if you’re storming or norming, here’s a useful diagnostic tool.

Geared to executives, The Learning Centre offers some good articles on numerous team-related issues. While it does push materials for sale (Tools), the Library is a well-stocked source of useful ideas, especially for building and problem-solving within teams.

Team Climate: If the heat is on, or you are getting a cool reception, you could do some diagnosis through the Team Climate Survey, an item from the National School Boards Association. Candid answers to this could help a dysfunctional team.

Valuable Team Members: We all want them, and this helpful page of rich reading from Joel Two yakking peopleBaum at the University of Toronto, has some very useful constructs that can help you reflect on roles for Being a Valuable Team Member. If you are having problems in your group, this could be very helpful. Prof. Baum also offers loads of great resources including tips on PowerPoint, Presentations and group problems.

This Site’s Tools include a sample meeting agenda, team contract template , and a sample performance contract. (All Word documents.)

A Better Player: If you want to work on your communication and meeting skills, use this handy group skills resource to track how you have filled the key roles in small group work. Leader, recorder, timer and presenter should all be rotated among group members so all build these essential skills.

For interesting anecodotes on what teams are doing in the corporate world, the Team Building News shows how teams are making a difference.

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Pointers for Powerful Presentations

Persuasive Oral Presentations should be your goal, and you will find plenty of in-depth materials in this helpful page from the Stern School of Business, New York University. Among the tips are strategies for nervousness, question and answer sessions, visual aids and even crisis communications. (Your panic does not count.)

Preparing & Delivering your presentation walks you through the steps in nailing down the topic, organizing and delivering the presentation. Useful pointers from Hampden-Sydney College.

Also from Hampden-Sydney College is a look at Ethical Speaking. It makes some excellent points on how shoddy presentations not only let down an audience, but betray the weak character of the speaker! Brush up on your ethical speaking with these tips.

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More Goodies on Teams and Presentations

What’d I Say? If you don’t have the answer, you might find these Tips on Effective Listening helpful. Presented by a clinical therapist, the advice is solid and gives insights into how speakers and listeners can help get messages across.

Fancy & Professional: There is a Presentations magazine out there, although its focus is often on toying with PowerPoint or trendy techniques. Still, some valuable items in here that can help you add polish to your presentation.

Helpful Tips on Electronic Presentations: This Presenters Online site is sponsored by Epson, and has solid ideas on creating effective presentations, plus some cool free graphics and goodies.

Was I Interesting? How do your presentations go over? Here’s a chance to do some self-assessment of your speaking strengths through a guide courtesy of consultants Rae Cook & Associates. They also offer some great tips.

Toastmasters International: This organization is remarkable for helping people develop their skills in presentations, evaluation, meeting management and other communications and leadership skills. You can find a club near you at the Toastmasters International site. One real strength is that they welcome guests who just want to have a look. And, they are inexpensive.

Getting It Right: If your group’s strengths do not include strong grammar and spelling skills, check out the Chicago Manual of Style for some helpful explanations of common grammar problems. When it’s spelling that is creating the problems, check out the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary and Thesaurus.

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This page was prepared by David Nowell, Professor, Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Oakville, Ontario, Canada. It is intended as a global resource for the use of all students to assist them in this important part of their learning. Please send comments on how useful (or otherwise!) you found this page to David Nowell.

Contents Copyright ©2009, David Nowell. All Rights Reserved.

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