I. Introduction to Presenting
Take this short tutorial and learn how to give a presentation skill a pro.
II. Giving a Presentation with Style
If you are like most people, speaking in front of a group is not high on your list of favorite things to do. However, if you have researched your subject, know your material and are prepared to speak, you can relax because you have nothing to worry about.
To give a presentation like a pro, remember the following:
– introduce yourself and your subject;
– speak clearly;
– connect with your audience;
– answer questions;
– keep an eye on the time.
a. Introduce yourself and your subject
Before you begin, take a deep breath and then smile. Start by introducing yourself and explaining the subject of your presentation. You want your audience to be interested so it is acceptable to show a little enthusiasm about your subject.
b. Speak clearly
If your audience cannot understand you or hear you, they will not be able to enjoy your presentation.
When you speak, make sure you:
– speak clearly and enunciate your words;
– speak loudly enough that the people at the back of the room can hear you;
– speak at a normal pace—not too fast and not too slow. Use a conversational style to deliver your presentation.
c. Connect with your audience
During your presentation, the stage is yours. Make eye contact with different people in the audience. Do not just talk to your teacher or look down at your notes.
It is appropriate to show some enthusiasm for the subject of your presentation. Your enthusiasm will rub off on the audience.
d. Expect questions
Questions are a good indication that people are interested and paying attention. Early questions are often answered by upcoming slides and commentary. Consider asking your audience to wait with their questions until the end.
When you do take questions, repeat each question so that everyone in the audience can hear it clearly. That gives the questioner a chance to clarify if you have misunderstood the question.
e. Keep an eye on the time
Stay within the time limit. If your allotted time is 10 minutes, do not go over that limit. If there is no time limit, use less time rather than more to ensure that people stay interested.
f. Well done!
Speaking in front of a group can be nerve-racking but now you have some tricks up your sleeve. You will do well on your next presentation.