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Oral presentations-pre workshop materials

Core workshop on Oral presentations.

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on 23 September 2013

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Deakin University Study Skills
Oral presentations
A professional presentation takes planning.

Be clear about the purpose of your presentation.
What do you want to do?
Inform your audience?
Get them thinking about your topic?
Convince them of a particular point of view?

Know who your audience is.
Do they already know something about your topic?
How are you going to involve them in your presentation?
The first step is to start brainstorming your topic and get an outline down of your presentation.

Start researching and finding your information.
Remember your presentation time is limited.
Plan it
Start organising your material and write a rough draft.
Then summarise your draft into points to write on presentation slides.
Plan and prepare any visual aids you want to use.
Organise it
Rehearse your presentation and get the length and timing right.
Ask a friend to listen and time you.
Practice in front of a mirror and time yourself.
Delivering the presentation
Structure it
Search for copyright free image sites to get some great images for your presentation.

Use the Deakin Library Image Resource Guide
Oral presentations should follow a clear structure.
You should include:

an introduction
the main points
a clear conclusion
The aim of your introduction is to get the attention of your audience.
You might like to start with a question, a joke, a photo, or a comment
that will make people think and pay attention to what you are about to say.
In your introduction clearly state the purpose of your presentation.
In the body of your presentation you should remember to:

Present your main points one by one.
Take a moment to pause at the end of each point as this will give your audience time to absorb what you are saying and take any notes.
Some useful phrases
‘I’m going to talk about...’
‘This morning I want to explain…’

Present an outline of your talk; for example:
'I will focus on the following points...'
'First of all…then…'
'This will lead to…'
'And finally…’
The aim of the conclusion is to:

Provide a clear summary of your main points.
Indicate to your audience that your presentation has finished.
(Don't just drift off!)
Thank your audience
Voice quality
Body language
Annoying habits
What else should I remember?
Speak in a voice loud enough
to be heard.
Slow down! Don't speak too quickly.
Remember to pause.
Make eye contact with your audience.
Try to glance around the room rather than focus on one person.
Don't fold your arms or have your hands in your pockets.
If you feel nervous hold something or put your hands behind your back.
Reading the presentation.
Speaking too fast.
Pacing up and down.
Too many gestures.
Speaking too loudly or softly.
Bad posture.
Avoiding eye contact.
Handling questions poorly.
Practise, practise, practise
We can't say it enough!
Rehearse your presentation as many times as you can.
Get feedback from friends or a study buddy.

Rehearsing will help you to:
get your timing correct
know your content
feel in control
Questions from the audience
Don't panic if you can't answer a question.
Be honest. You can say something like -
Final words
Some people find it useful to develop a "presentation self" - that means try to assume a different persona when you present.
Oral presentations
Oral presentations are common forms of assessment in higher education.
Being able to plan and present a professional presentation is a great skill to have in both your academic and professional life.
The following resource will outline tips to get you confidently delivering your class presentation.
Plan it
Start brainstorming your topic.
Start researching and finding your information.
Write an outline of your presentation.
Remember your presentation time is limited.
Delivering the presentation
Rehearse your presentation and get the length and timing right.
Ask a friend to listen and time you.
Practise in front of a mirror and time yourself.
Deakin University
Study Skills
Presentation tools
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"I'm not sure of the answer to that but I
will try to find out later on and let you know."
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Use phrases to make it clear that you are moving to a
new point.

For example:

‘The next point is that ...’
'Now I am going to talk about ...’
'Moving on to...’
'I would now like to explain...
Some helpful phrases include

‘To sum up...’
‘In conclusion...’
‘To recap the main points…’
'Thank you. Are there any questions?’
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