Presentation Tips

December 05, 2014

As this semester winds down, the final weeks are full of projects, presentations, and tests. The stress can really be excessive during this time. To help you alleviate some of that stress here are some tips for making your presentation worth an A!

#1. Make it look nice

No one likes a boring black and white PowerPoint! Add a little pizzazz with a colorful theme, some nice pictures, but be sure to keep things neat and organized so you don't overwhelm your audience of blow them to far out of the water. If you want to take it even further add time transitions or maybe even try your hand at making a Prezi!

#2. Dress for Success

One of my number one personal rules is to dress nicely for presentations and important days of the like. If dressing up isn't exactly your can of worms then at least wear something without stains, holes, or drawstrings.

#3. Practice!

The other day I had two huge presentations and a Stats test, can we just say major stress?! Even though my group, especially me, were stressed to the max, we practiced both of our presentations in the classroom so it was almost like the real deal. The saying after all is practice makes perfect.

#4. Note cards

If you have a lot of content, but don't want to overwhelm your audience, try to limit the information presented to a minimum, but deliver some jaw dropping facts off your note cards so they'll really pay attention to you. Note cards also act as a sort of safety net, a slight glance down can really help when you're having trouble remembering what to say next.

#5. Take a breath

Sometimes we get caught up with this new amazing phrase we came up with so we just blurt it out. You must enunciate and talk slowly (but not too slowly) otherwise your audience may feel confused about the point you are trying to get across. Take a deep breath before you start, and projecting your voice is also a key factor. If they can't hear you, then they can't appreciate the work you put into your presentation.

Well, those are a few of the best tips I've learned through all the speeches and presentations I had to do, but if you have any specific questions feel free to shoot me a message or leave them in the comments below!

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