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Presentation Guide: Getting Started

Resources to help students create and give successful presentations in any class or on any subject matter

Introduction

1. Select your Topic- Something you care about, not just something easy

  • If you're bored, your audience will be too

2. Decide the General Purpose of your presentation- There can only be one

  • Inform
  • Persuade
  • Entertain

3. Research & Support your topic- Use Critical Thinking to find valid sources

  • Remember, your reputation will be linked to your sources

4. Plan your Outline

  • Keep your time limit in mind- Too much or too little can sink you

5. Create Visuals- Make sure they enhance your message not distract from it

  • See PowerPoint section

6. Practice your presentation- Make sure to do this with the visuals

  • Do you know how to use all the technology properly? Does the sound work? Do you need to switch back-and-forth?

7. Think about your Whole Message- Make sure to think about the non-verbal message and the verbal one

  • Eye-contact, gesturing, vocal tone, movement, dress, posture, etc.

8. Leave time to Revise- No one likes their first draft, so give time to improve

  • Seek outside input and feedback

9. Practice- Do this in as close to the Presentation setting as you can

  • Standing, with the visuals, dressed, out loud
  • Only practice your presentation silently in your head and sitting down, if you plan to present it to your audience that way

10. Enjoy- This is your time to give people your message

  • The more practice and control you have over your presentation, the less nerves you will have

- Show Your Passion

- Start Strong

- Keep It Short

- Move Away From The Podium

- Make Good Eye Contact

- Keep The Lights On

- At All Times: Courteous, Gracious, & Professional

- Prepare For The Presentation

- Practice, Practice, Practice

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