This guide provides students with techniques and strategies on how to give informative and effective presentations, as well as tips on how to overcome the fear of public speaking. In most degrees, being able to give a presentation is a key academic skill that students are required to learn and demonstrate, which in turn serves students well in future employment.
The main goal of a presentation is to inform and then persuade your audience (and your marker) that your argument/ ideas/ interpretations/ findings are valid.
In order to be effective in persuading, consider the following:
Did you know that... Persuasion is a transferable employability skill!
Presentations need to be structured with an informative introduction, a logical order of key points and a reasoned conclusion.
Below are some possible ideas for your presentation structure –
Introduction - tell them what you are going to tell them
Outline your talk:
Get the audience’s attention:
Motivate the audience:
Main Body - tell them
Arrange your ideas logically:
Select supporting material:
Conclusion - Tell them what you have told them
End with a memorable statement:
As well as a logical order of key points, the presenter will need to use transitions and signposting language to help the audience navigate the presentation. Transitions can include non-verbal actions such as changing slides and pausing, but should also include spoken cues. For example:
"I will start by discussing..."
"a similar issue to consider is..."
"now that I have explored... I will now consider..."
"In contrast to my earlier consideration of..."
"moving away from..."
"it can be concluded that..."
Giving a good presentation is all about the planning. In this video we look at how to plan out your presentation to reach the goal you desire.
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This guide was written by Dr Isabelle Coy-Dibley.
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