Presentation Feature: Specifying the theme and/or scope

What is it?

A statement of the main subject, idea or message that recurs in a talk. A statement of scope provides the extent to which the main theme, idea or message will be discussed in a talk.

Why is it important?

A theme statement informs the audience of a presentation’s main message. The scope informs them of its parameters and provides information about its content and organisation. This feature allows presenters to convey the messages they want the audience to understand and remember, and the extent to which they will be covered.

How is it done?

The speaker may overtly use the word “theme” or its synonyms such as “main point”, “key point” or “main message” in describing the main subject of the talk. Additionally, he or she may use phrases such as, ‘My subject today is…’, ‘Today, I’d like to talk to you about…’, ‘My purpose today is to talk about…’, and then add his or her main point or message at the end of one of these phrases. The main theme or message is often repeated at the end of the talk with phrases such as ‘In conclusion, the main theme/purpose of today’s talk was,…’, ‘My theme today was…’, ‘Today, I spoke about…’

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