How to give a presentation
What could be a problem for you?
- Not getting your points over?
- Feeling exposed?
How can this happen?
- Stage fright - perfectly normal but can cut affect your ability to communicate.
- Reading word-for-word and making little eye contact with audience.
- Being too relaxed - you may seem bored and, if so, the audience will switch off.
- Not knowing the material – try to know more (or appear to know more) than your audience.
Tip - Don't forget that everyone in your class feels the same as you do.
How to avoid it? Prepare, prepare, prepare
Consider your objectives:
- What is the purpose of the presentation – to inform, to persuade, to educate, to entertain?
- Who are the audience?
- how well informed are they?
- are they receptive/interested?
- are you going to challenge them?
- What do you want them to learn/know?
Structure your talk so that you tell a story – beginning, middle and end - and summarise the main points at the end.
Choose suitable media:
- Talk + Powerpoint
- Talk + overheads
- Talk + handout
- Talk + flipchart
But mostly plan to talk to the audience.
Rehearse at least once.