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Presentation Skills

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Katarzyna Gracz

on 16 February 2015

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Transcript of Presentation Skills

WHO?
WHERE?
WHEN?
WHY ?
I keep six honest men,
They taught me all I know,
Their names are
What and Why and When,
And How and Where and Who.
Rudyard Kipling
WHAT?
HOW?
Finding your way to
the successful presentation

Why Presentation Skills matter?


European
University
Institute,
Florence,
Italy
Multicultural environment
Different educational backgrounds but all top players
We were all really good. Some of us, however, seemed much better than the rest.
Do we all have to copy American
presentation style to be successful?
No! Because our cultural background is different.
You are free to find your own way...
Just don't neglect it!
Contrary to "hard" knowledge
- soft skills,
like presentation skills,
are transferable.


Students who graduated from Anglo Saxon universities
have better presentation skills.

Because they practise, practise and practise!!!
Good presentation skills can change the world!
It is important to have them on your side!
You can learn it! Even Super Speakers have to practise, practise and practise!
No practice
So this is not the cultural background only!
The type of education changes a lot!
Social research proves that soft skills are crucial
for success in life and their importance
on the labour market is steadily growing.

(e.g. 'The Economics and Psychology of Personality Traits',
Borghans, Duckworth, Heckman, Weel)
Presentation skills cover both individual presentation and discussion skills
Finding your way to
the successful presentation

Kasia Gracz

katarzyna.gracz@eui.eu



Our part of the world (post-socialist zone)
still lacks presentation and discussion skills .
It is high time to change it!
Who should be interested in
good presentation skills?
Transferable skills!!!
Everyone can and should use them!
Transferable skills!!!
You can use them everywhere!!!

Both in the public and private sphere.
Like other soft skills, you can use presentation skills throughout your life.
What are the challenges?
Fear

Stress
Anxiety
Not knowing
what to say
How to make it interesting?
Timing
Speaking in
a foreign language
How to make others listen ?
How to organise the speech?
How to control your body?
How to be heard AND understood?
How to use visuals properly?
Good presentation requires advanced multitasking skills
The type of multitasking when many actions serve the same major aim
To present successfully,
you have to concentrate on the process.
Be here and now
with your body and thoughts!
You will always need them
and you can take them
with you wherever you go...

How to face the challenges?
Speaker
Communicate
Reader
Difficulties pertaining to speaker
Anxiety
Fear
Stress
Lack of knowledge - what to say?
Language difficulties
Voice
How to Multitask successfully
Difficulties Pertaining to Communicate
Speed
Timing
Structure
Non Verbal Communicates
How to use visuals properly ?
How to make it interesting?
Difficulties pertaining to audience
How to make others listen?
How to make
others understand?
How to get your
audience involved?
Anxiety
Stress
Fear
Lack of knowledge.
What to say?
There are no magical shortcuts.
You will always have to do a proper research!
Give yourself enough time.
Do not wait until the very last moment!


Before, during and after your research keep on asking yourself
what is your research question and what is the ultimate goal of your presentation.
Remember that procrastination
is a very common symptom of stress and fear.


Be ready to face the challenge
and start preparing as early as possible.
Volume

How to use silence
Articulation
Voice
Language troubles
How to multitask successfully?
Don't freak out! Challenges seem endless, but

if you categorise them properly overcoming difficulties will be much easier!
Speaker
Communicate
Reader
Pronounciation
Do not worry! Most of the English native speakers would never do it in your mother tongue!
Anti-stress techniques
Treat stress as your best assistant!

Concentration
Relaxation
Focus on process
Remember it's not about you! It is just a show!
How to make others listen, understand and get involved
Keep an eye contact all the time
Smile
Be enthusiastic about your topic
Be as natural as possible
Be flexible
Tell and remind all the time what is in for them
Speed/Pace
100-110 words a minute! Not more!
Timing
Make sure how much time you have
Watch the time when preparing
Practice with a stopwatch
Watch the time when presenting
Structure
Remember that a structure is as important as the content
Give your presentation a theme and stick to it!
Get rid of too much details!
Tell them what you will say and what you have said
Non verbal communicates
Just be aware of them!
How to use visuals properly?
They have to be visible
They should help the audience follow your thoughts not distract
They are not indispensible
You have to know them by heart
Vocabulary
Emphasis
Imagine not only your success but also your failure
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