2 Weeks / Noncredit

Presentations for College and Career

Orientation and move-in is on Saturday, July 1.  Last day of classes is Friday, July 14.

As you leave high school, what is your end goal? Is it moving towards an academic or a professional career?   Strong presentation skills, techniques and use of effective “cool tools” are extremely important as you prepare to move towards your goals. Students will work closely with a faculty member who has almost twenty years’ experience giving national and international presentations and training Syracuse University students to do the same. An academic or professional path upon leaving high school begins will an interview. An interview is that first step towards reaching your goals. Did you realize that presenting yourself well from the moment that you walk into an interview until you shake that person’s hand at the end is key to getting accepted into college or hearing the words, “You got the job!” You make this happen if you come to this class to learn how to make that good first impression and deliver your hooks.

You have as little as 1-3 seconds when you meet someone to make a good first impression. This person instantly forms an opinion of you about your appearance, your body language, your demeanor, your mannerisms, how you are dressed, and your visual aid use of technology. Please note, this first impression is nearly impossible to change. This is just one professional scenario that the students will apply as they build their own toolkit of “cool tools” and “techniques” that will rev up their presentations from start to finish. The first impression you make in a presentation can be defined as your hook. Hook ‘em in! Next, reel in your audience using innovative and engaging slide decks. To conclude, hook ‘em in again to have a lasting impression. What is your first impression of this Summer College Course in the first few seconds of reading the description? Hope that you are “hooked” and that you are intrigued to register for this class.

In this course students will learn with how to present professionally through the use of cool tools and technologies while remaining genuine to themselves. We will move through many different techniques allowing the students to apply to real-life scenarios as they learn. Through the use of real-life scenarios, the students will be building their own presentation tool kit. Topics for their presentation took kit will include:

  • What makes an exceptional presenter?
  • Constructing a presentation
  • Elevator pitch: one-minute pitch to potential Hiring Manager
  • Mock interview
  • Research a company of your choice, persuade audience best place to work
  • Presentation skills: eye contact, voice command, gestures, stage presence, audience engagement, attire and more
  • Presentation techniques: design highly effective visuals
  • Presentation technologies: design using “cool tools” beyond PowerPoint
  • Explore various professional tools and methods: InterView Stream, value of teams, data visualization, networking, professionalism, engaging audience, peer-to-peer feed back
  • At the successful completion of this program, Summer College high school students will have their very own professional presentation tool kit

*Students must be 15 years of age by the orientation and move-in date.

Program Costs:

Please visit our program costs page for more detailed information.

*Program rates are subject to change and will be approved by the board of trustees in March.

Faculty Bio

Peggy M. Takach –  Adjunct Professor, School of Information Studies and Director of Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning

Professor Takach teaches undergraduate courses in Information Reporting that includes presentation and design skills. She uses a variety of interactive and engaging techniques in the classroom to enrich the learning for the students. It allows the students to practice what they are learning, to give and receive immediate feedback from their peers and instructor, and motivates them to learn to present in various modes. This creates a professional, yet fun, environment. Professor Takach looks forward to bringing her passion for teaching at the undergraduate level to high school students in this innovative program.

Professor Takach’s main role as a member of the School of Information Studies as the Director of Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning is to ensure instructional quality of its programs, from both a student and a faculty perspective. She has presented at numerous national and international conferences and has conducted several webinars over the past 18 years. In 2013, she was invited to speak at the Blackboard Executive Education Forum in London on “Strategies to Improve Student Recruitment, Engagement and Retention.”