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A few simple tips for better presentations,
to help you get your message across and make your audience happy.
- Not everyone feels comfortable speaking in front of an audience...
- ...or has much experience doing it...
- ...or is a native English speaker...
- so here are some simple tips that may help.
- Not every item might be equally relevant for every room, presentation.
- Presentations with extensive advice on this same subject are available all over the net; here we just aim to give basic tips.
- Before you start: check the microphone
- Ask someone else: is the volume OK?
- If the microphone is fixed, find the best place to stand
- Microphone broken? Ask the organisers!
- Beginning your presentation
- Ask the audience if they can hear you
- During the presentation
- Mind volume and distance
- Where do you stand?
- Can people still see your slides?
- Can all the people see you?
- Can you see the audience?
- If the session is being recorded, can the camera see you?
- Try to speak in the direction of the audience
- Try to look at various parts of the hall/room/group of people
- If you do not want to look at people directly, you can look just over the heads
Slides – general
- Better is more slides with less info on a slide
- Do not read out your slides word for word - your audience can read too :-)
- Keep a printout of your slides in front of you so you know what is coming next
- Read this article from the BBC News magazine
Slides – technical presentations
- Little info/text often is no option
- Exact information is useful
- And needed for reading afterwards
- What can be done though:
- enlarging or highlighting part of the text
- add slides with highlights / summary
- use the Notes pages for reference material
- Repeat the question, so that all attendees know what is asked
- Try to reply to the whole audience
Help from colleagues
- There are always colleagues around
- Ask one to help
- To bring the microphone to someone with a question
A little practice before the real session
- Run through your presentation a few times in private to check timing etc
- Ask a few friends or colleagues to watch a 15 mins. rehearsal of your presentation
- They can give you their opinions and probably some useful tips.