On this page you will find many of the tips and common advice that we cover within our Practical Presentation Skills Workshop.
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Creating slides to accompany your presentation can be a great way to provide complimentary visual representation of your topic. Slides are used to fill in the gaps while you tell the story.
Start your presentation with a brief introduction- who you are and what you are going to talk about.
Think about your presentation as a story with an organized beginning (why this topic), middle (how you did the research) and end (your summary findings and how it may be applicable or inform future research). You can provide a brief outline in the introduction so the audience may follow along.
Keep it simple with a few key concepts, examples and ideas.
Make sure your audience knows the key takeaway points you wish to get across.
A good way to practice this is to try and condense your presentation into an elevator pitch- what do you want the audience to walk away know?
Show your enthusiasm!
If you don’t think it is interesting- why should your audience?
Some Good Alternatives to PowerPoint:
Your body language speaks volumes to how confident you are on the topic, how you are feeling up on stage and how receptive you are to your audience. Confident body language, such as smiling, maintaining eye contact, and persuasive gesturing all serve to engage your audience.
What to avoid in your slides:
Now you are on stage!
When delivering the talk, watch out for these bad habits: