Preparing an Effective Presentation
A presenter must consider how best to communicate the information to the audience. Use these tips to create a presentation that is both informative and interesting:
- Have a strong opening. Why should the audience listen to you?
- Define terms clearly.
- Design PowerPoint slides to introduce important information.
- Time yourself. You only have 15 minutes to speak.
- Create effective notes in bullets for yourself.Have notes that you can read. Do not write out your entire talk.
- Practice, practice, practice.
- Presenting Effectively
When you start your presentation, the audience will be interested in what you say. Use these tips to help keep them interested throughout your presentation.
- Be excited.You are talking about something exciting.
- Speak with confidence. When you are speaking, you are the authority on your topic, but do not pretend that you know everything. If you do not know the answer to a question, admit it.
- Make eye contact with the audience.
- Avoid reading from the screen. it is because you wanted them to read it, not you.
- Use a pointer only when necessary. If you are using a laser pointer, remember to keep it off unless you need to highlight something on the screen.
- Speak transparently and in clear voice.
- Breathe and relax. It is fine to be nervous.Remember to breathe deeply throughout your presentation.
- Preparation is everything and almost everyone needs to practice.
- Ideas should be connected in sequential order.
- Prepare slides in bullet points but explain extemporaneously.
- The real power comes from participation. Make it interactive.
- Finish with a bang.Find one or two sentences that sum up the importance of your findings.