- Maria Li
3 Ways to Smash your Multimodal!
Multimodals. You know that they’re mandatory, but you are unsure of what your teachers are expecting. Fear not, this short read will help you smash your multimodal!
One: Where and how to start – Stop, Slow down and Plan!
Multi-modals are presentations that combine two or more communication modes. This involves using a combination of visual, gestural, spoken and written language. You will usually be asked to create a Powerpoint. Before planning the topic of your presentation, break down the task to ensure that you’re answering the question. Then, you can choose the modes that best suit your presentation.
Two: Crafting your piece – Less is More
You’ve moved onto the second stage – crafting your piece. When writing up your speech, use short and easy to follow sentences. Don’t treat it as an essay, but rather, treat it as a conversation. This keeps your audience engaged and involved.
Before creating your Powerpoint slideshow, it is best to plan out each slide. Powerpoints aid your presentation which means that any written language should be kept to a minimum, i.e:
Use concise dot points or create a visually appealing flowchart
Only write up key points to summarise your information – otherwise it’ll be hard to concentrate on both the text and your speech
Fonts, choice of background, colour scheme and use of images should all be carefully considered to ensure that your presentation is clear, simple to follow and engaging.
Remember, less is always more! Overcrowded and text-heavy slides will most likely distract and tire out your audience, so keep everything minimalistic!
Being prepared is essential for multimodals. Your control of voice, eye-contact and gestures highly impact how engaging your piece will be - and your marks! Delivery is often on the marking criteria so don't underestimate its importance. To ensure that you maximise you marks, you need to rehearse. Try to memorise your speech, as this will help you maintain good eye contact. Also, adding in some gestures can help you spice up your presentation.
Last, but not least, the way you control your voice will heavily affect how your audience receives your speech. This involves practising:
Pacing – slow down to ensure your audience can process everything you say
Voice projection – talk loudly to ensure that you are well heard
Clarity of pronunciation – pronounce clearly to be understood
Voice modulations – don't be monotonous!
As with everything, all good things come to an end. You’ve reached the end of this short read but fear not, you are now equipped with juicy tips and skills to smash your multimodals. Good luck!