Some Dos and Don’ts
HOW TO MAKE
A GOOD PRESENTATION
- Think about the presentation beforehand.
- Use PowerPoint
- Be very clear about how much time you have - and stick to that time in preparing and delivering your presentation.
- Be very clear about your key message - and ensure that everything in your presentation is suppportive of that key message. You should be able to articulate the message in a phrase or a sentence and indeed you might want to use that phrase or sentence in one of your first slides, or one of your last, or even both.
- E-mail your presentation to the event organisers in advance.
- Ensure that Some Dos and Don’ts the slides look good. This does not necessarily mean that they look flashy - although suitable pictures or illustrations are very effective - but it does mean using a consistent format and typeface and readable colours plus giving each slide a chronological number.
- The first slide should announce the title of your presentation, the event and date, and your name and position. You should try to make the title catchy, so that you immediately have the interest of your audience. A challenging question works well.
- The second slide should seize the attention of your audience for your presentation. It could Some Dos and Don’ts be the central proposition of your presentation or a conventional wisdom that you wish to challenge or a relevant or witty quote from a leader in your field.
- The third slide should set out the structure of your presentation.
- Each slide should have a clear heading. A question is often a good way of winning attention - but, in that case, make sure you answer the question in the body of the slide.
- Each slide should normally contain around 15-20 words. Too many words and your audience will have trouble reading the material; too few words and you're likely to be Some Dos and Don’ts flashing through the slides and spending too much time clicking the mouse.
- Each bullet point should consist of an intelligible phrase, rather than merely a word or two that is meaningless on its own or a complete sentence that is better delivered orally. Consider this test: your slides should make sense and be useful to someone who was not present at your presentation.
- Make appropriate use of pictures. It's a good idea to break up text with illustrations and it is true that a picture is worth a thousand words.
- The last slide should set out all Some Dos and Don’ts appropriate contact details: certainly e-mail address and possibly snail mail address, the web site of your organisation, and any personal website or weblog if you have one.
Some Dos and Don’ts
- Give yourself enough time to plan, edit and rewrite.
- Give yourself enough time to practice, practice and practice.
- Limit the amount of information you give.
- Find as much as possible about your audience before the presentation. How much do they know? What are they interested in?
- Make sure your script is easy to use. Index cards are better than using notebooks or sheets of paper.
- Check Some Dos and Don’ts before the presentation that your overhead transparencies, slides or charts are in place and in the correct order.
- Remember to look at as many people in your audience as possible.
- Remember to speak clearly and not too fast.
- Pause (5-10 seconds) after showing a visual aid. Give the audience time to read before you start speaking again.
- Keep to the time!
- Use the question and answer session as an opportunity to give extra information on your subject.
- Apologize for your English.
- Look at the ceiling, the floor or out the window.
- Memorise your presentation.
- Play with pointers, pens Some Dos and Don’ts or keys.
- Wave your paper or cards around when gesturing.
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