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.
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..."
These videos from LinkedIn Learning address ways in which you may overcome the fear of public speaking and present confidently.
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