Great presentations are interesting, engaging and informative. Preparation can make all the difference between a mediocre presentation and one that leaves your audience wanting more.
- Prepare your content and delivery.
- Structure your presentation logically and include an introduction, discussion and conclusion.
- Focus on your audience – who they are, what they already know, and what they need/want to know.
- Aim to grab your audience’s attention in the first 10 seconds.
- Choose your major points carefully and illustrate them with examples, case studies or stories.
- Practice your presentation and check the timing.
- Only use brief key points or simple diagrams on PowerPoint slides.
- If you're using slides, try to limit words to a maximum of 10 per slide and avoid complicated transitions and animations.
- Don’t try to cram too much content into your presentation. Keep it simple.
- Never read from notes or a script.
- Pause to emphasise key points and give your audience the chance to reflect on what you have said.
- Try to talk to your audience rather than present at them.
- Use a conversational tone.
- Maintain eye contact with the audience.
- Convey your enthusiasm for the topic.
- If appropriate, involve the audience and encourage interaction.
- Allow five minutes for discussion/questions at the end if possible.
- Attend a Professional Presentation course facilitated by the Organisational Development Unit to develop your presentation skills.