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Presentation skills

Quick guide for FE learners on preparing and delivering a presentation

Claire Roberts

on 12 May 2010

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skills vle.centralcollege.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=510 Who is your audience? Practical points Be prepared Time Content Key rules tell your audience what you intend to do
make sure you then do it
re-cap at the end for your audience’s benefit (Bradbury)
KISS = keep it short and simple

“Have confidence in yourself and in your message” (Bradbury) What is your point?
persuade? Your message Be sure to... Best avoided...? Checklist: before you deliver Nerves Delivering your presentation Body language To wrap up... What do you think about
giving a presentation? What's the fuss? Relaxed - done it all before Nervous - it's been a while Really not looking forward to it - don't like public speaking! Looking forward to it... Could be a positive experience
- not tried presenting before Be a "know-it-all"
know your project
- what are you supposed to be doing?
know your audience
- talk to their level
know your subject
- be ready to answer questions
know your presentation - practise it
Pitch your presentation to the level of your audience:
think about the language you use
how much information do you need to get across? Don't leave it to the last minute!
plan your preparation
aim to have presentation ready a couple of days ahead of deadline

Time your presentation:
how long can you spend on each slide?
practise talking your slides through to time yourself (takes longer than reading)
Make sure that what you put in your presentation isn't just a list of everything you know
keep it relevant
think carefully about what you keep in and what you leave out

Think about how you present your information
not too flashy
not too much information on each slide
don't want to distract from your message To get your message across, keep your slides simple:
less is more
font large enough for all to read
use Arial font or similar
don't get carried away with colour
keep text and background unfussy
dark text on light background works best for most
think about the flow of slides - does it make sense? Everyone gets them...

Your nervousness is normally not obvious to anyone else

Adrenaline might actually help you

Best way to counter nerves? Know your stuff inside out... Bradbury: be confident in your message

Uptight? Deep breaths, keep your talking slow
Nervous? Make a conscious effort to smile at your audience and slow your speech down
Stand up straight! Look like you should be there...
Your audience is wanting it to go smoothly too
Look around the room, not just at notes (boring)
Project your voice (but don't shout)
Strike a balance between standing still and rattling about too much Be ready for technical problems:
have a back-up of your file ready
handouts for your audience?
Do you know subject thoroughly?
Have you timed yourself reading your presentation aloud?
Asked for a second opinion? Find a willing volunteer for a dry-run How you deliver is as important as what you deliver, so…
remember that first impressions count
aim to present, not just read from slides or index cards (boring for your audience)
take your time - speak as clearly as you can
make eye contact with your audience
think positive! Your audience is not sitting there wanting you to do badly
even if you have nerves, they are rarely as obvious as you think... Prepare
Keep it simple
Know your stuff Proof-read your slides, or get someone else to do it for you. Look for flow, typos or gaps

Consider a handout for your audience if you have a lot of detail or technical info

Use language your audience will understand
Cramming too much info on your slides
Too much text and images is distracting

Using too many slides
slides are a prop for what you're talking about Some things to look at YouTube video on putting together a presentation using PowerPoint

Presentation skills section on Moodle - see Learning Curve section

BBC Key Skills - Effective presentations www.bbc.co.uk/keyskills/comms/level3/module3/1.shtml www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUqIDs5MZxM Put your audience first
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