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12 Action Plan Presentation tips do’s and don’ts

Global Issues teams present their action plan presentation to judges (and often an audience) at many competitions including at our International Conference. Students create props from an approved material list and presentations can be up to four minutes long.

Bonus Tip
Our global audience is diverse. Be sure to structure your presentation so that someone who does not know you or much about your underlying problem can understand the context of your action plan.


Choose a format for your performance that your group enjoys

Anything goes! The format is not prescribed. You can be as creative as you want. In the past, student performers have chosen to present in many formats: parody, skit, dance, business pitch, advertisement, PSA, dramatic monologues, pantomime…the list goes on and on.

Get creative with materials

Use materials in unexpected ways. Use SCAMPER, a creative thinking tool, to help you brainstorm different ways to use your materials. 

Show off your team collaboration

All team members should be participating at a high level, even if not all of you speak during the performance.


Time yourselves when you practice so you do not exceed the four minute time limit. Make sure your props won’t fall apart while you perform (unless that is the desired effect). Practice projecting your voices so that your judges and audience can hear you.

Incorporate your mandatory items and quote

All teams have to incorporate two props and one quote into their performance. You will learn about these after you complete your 2-hour writing competition. For example, one affiliate asked students to incorporate “Not all those who wander are lost” by J.R.R. Tolkien into their presentations, as well as hot pink flamingo yard decorations.

Be mindful and have fun

Enjoy yourselves. The more fun you are having, the more fun the audience is having. Remember that the audience at the International Conference will have a range of ages, beliefs, and experiences. All of your presentation content should be appropriate for all audiences.


Copy a performance from another group

Just because a performance was successful one year, does not mean that your version of it will be. The best scoring performances are by students authentically engaged in their action plan and presentation.

Use your clothing or makeup as props

All of your props and costumes must be created from the listed resources. Theatrical makeup is not an acceptable prop.

Leave out a team member

Collaboration is key to a winning performance, leaving someone out will be very obvious to the judges and audience. Consider ways to create non-speaking roles if needed.

Go over the time limit or self identify

Be sure to avoid small errors like wearing a school t-shirt or forgetting to practice your timing. A little practice and consideration will set you up for success.

Forget your lines or props

Practice your presentation so that you are less likely to forget to incorporate your mandatory props and quote. Some teams find that cutting up any papers leftover from their approved materials and creating cue cards is a helpful strategy for a successful performance.

Forget your audience

Remember to be inclusive and appropriate when you plan your presentation for a diverse and global audience. Things that may not translate well, like caricatures, different voices or accents, may not be received well by your audience and your judges.

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Executive Director

A seasoned educator, April Michele has served as the Executive Director since 2018 and been with Future Problem Solving more than a decade. Her background in advanced curriculum strategies and highly engaging learning techniques translates well in the development of materials, publications, training, and marketing for the organization and its global network. April’s expertise includes pedagogy and strategies for critical and creative thinking and providing quality educational services for students and adults worldwide.

Prior to joining Future Problem Solving, April taught elementary and middle grades, spending most of her classroom career in Gifted Education. She earned the National Board Certification (NBPTS) as a Middle Childhood/Generalist and later served as a National Board Assessor for the certification of others. She was trained and applied the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP) in Humanities, which helped widen the educational scope and boundaries beyond the U.S. In addition, April facilitated the Theory and Development of Creativity course for state level certification of teachers. She has also collaborated on a variety of special projects through the Department of Education.

A graduate of the University of Central Florida with a bachelor’s in Elementary Education and the University of South Florida with a master’s in Gifted Education, April’s passion is providing a challenging curriculum for 21st century students so they are equipped with the problem solving and ethical leadership skills they need to thrive in the future. As a board member in her local Rotary Club, she facilitates problem solving in leadership at the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA). She is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) from the Project Management Institute and earned her certificate in Nonprofit Management from the Edyth Bush Institute at Rollins College.