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Presentation Skills

 

Visual Aid 

Presentations are usually delivered with a visual aid, slides can be made on PowerPoint or alternative software such as Prezi. Decide how you will be delivering your presentation and which aid will best suit the delivery of your talk. You can add further visual elements such as a video clip, a image, a handout, a poster or a small act. 
When making a visual presentation, make sure your visual aid is coherent throughout, choose a colour scheme and keep it professional.

Structure

  1. Have a clear presentation title

  2. Introduce yourself 

  3. Provide a brief outline of the presentation 

  4. Make sure what you say is directly related to the central topic of your presentation 

  5. Use signposting language to guide your audience i.e. firstly, secondly, then, next, and finally.

  6. Provide a summary of the key points before ending your presentation

  7. Leave enough time for questions

Rehearse 

  1. Rehearse the pronunciation of key words/names that you may not be familiar with 

  2. Think about which words you would like to emphasise in your speech - having passion in your voice will help to keep the audience engaged 

  3. Make sure the audience can hear you, have a loud voice but be sure not to be shouting at your audience 

  4. Speak at an appropriate pace - not too fast and not too slow 

  5. Maintain eye contact with your audience with occasional glances at your notes 

Delivery

It is good practise to record yourself delivering a presentation. This will help you to identify whether you have any distracting habits i.e. do you over use your hands? a particular word? if so, you will learn what you need to avoid and what you need to improve on. 

Take some cue cards with you, that have prompts rather than full sentences. The more natural the verbal delivery will be the more you will be relaxed. 

It is important to practise your presentation to ensure you will finish on time. If you finish early, add more points to cover in your presentation. If your presentation is too long, it could mean that you have included too much detail - therefore shorten your content. 

Language 

  1. Write out a script for yourself 

  2. Practise, practise and continue practising the script

  3. Deliver your presentation as if you are telling a story - so if you forget a memorised script you can still continue with delivering your talk as you will know what comes next 

  4. Use a range of grammatial structures in your verbal speech 

  5. Keep your speech clear and concise

  6. Remember to use key academic concepts and terminology correctly  

Team Work 

If you are delivering a presentation in a team. Make sure you have equal allocation of delivering the presentation. The first speaker should introduce each team member and the section of the presentation they will give. 
Practise how you will hand over the presentation to the next speaker. The transition should be smooth and every member should be listening to the other. 
When you are not speaking, make sure you are attentive and focused as the audience will still watch you.

Receive support from our academic advisers on how you can deliver a successful presentation; or receive feedback on the script/visual aid you have produced for your presentation. Our team can help you improve the visual presentation. Book make my presentation by following the link below.