Gathering, selecting and structuring material
There are many sources of information available. Make sure you assess the authority (who wrote it?), currency (how up-to-date is it?) and accuracy of a source before you rely on it to support a point in your presentation.
Often when you are asked to give a talk you will need to distil a large amount of information into a short time. Be ruthless. Too much information can confuse an audience.
- What is centrally relevant?
- What can be left out?
- What is supporting information?
- Will handouts help?
- Skip (or reduce) the maths.
A clear structure to your presentation will not only provide with you a clear path to follow, but also help your audience.
- What are your main points?
- In what order do they need to be discussed?
- What secondary information should come under each of your headings?
SMILE by Imperial College, Loughborough University, GCU SCEBE Learning Development Centre and the University of Worcester, modified by Marion Kelt Glasgow Caledonian University is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.