Sections of your presentation

Either side of your main argument, remember to write:

An introduction 

This should:

  • welcome your audience
  • introduce yourself (and colleagues if it's a group presentation)
  • start with an outline of your presentation - explain the aims and objectives and the order in which you will present key ideas. This will lay a map down in the minds of the audience.
  • speak to your intended audience at their level. Avoid jargon and material you know will be obvious or trivial to them.
A conclusion:
  • plan a summary… ‘I have discussed the following... in conclusion...', This is where you can leave a good impression, and perhaps introduce a final point or question to linger in the minds of your audience.
  • summarise key points you want your audience to remember
  • invite questions. Remember that "I'm sorry, I don't know" is a perfectly acceptable answer.
Group presentations
  • Plan together
  • All team members must contribute
  • Agree responsibilities and deadlines
  • Rehearse
  • First person should briefly introduce each member and their subject
  • Look interested when a group member is speaking
  • Practise the change-over
  • Help one another out

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