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Quick & Dirty Guide to Presenting
Transcript of Quick & Dirty Guide to Presenting
tips for the novice presenter
Content is key
Remember, the purpose of your presentation is to impart information that your audience can use and repetition is key
Tell them what you're going to tell them
Tell them what you've just told them
It’s essential to know who’s going to be in the audience—how much do they know about the topic, what are their expectations, what are the best didactic tactics to employ with the audience, and how much they can absorb in the short timeframe you have to present
Know your audience
Think about your audience when choosing:
Practice but don't memorize your presentation
Practice your presentation with people who are similar to those you expect to be in your audience
Practice alone and aloud—hearing your message is key to becoming comfortable with the material, helps you get a sense for how long it will take you to deliver the information, and improves your actual delivery
If possible, practice (or at least visit) the room you’ll be presenting in before you present. Get comfortable with the equipment, room set-up, etc.
Be strategic about your visual aids
Visual aids should enhance, not detract from your presentation by shocking or confusing your audience
It’s about more than body language
It’s about nonverbal communication