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Presentation Skills

We have all sat through class presentations that have been less than stellar. You don't want to be that student. Good presentation skills take practice and require you to improve public speaking skills, to grow in confidence, and to pay attention to visual details. This page gives some hints and recomendations for you to be the best possible presenter that you can be. Keep in mind these 10 hints:

1.       Be prepared

Practice your presentation several times, preferably in front of someone.

2.       The focus is always on content

Flashy power point skills can be distracting, and if the content isn’t there they won’t matter anyway.

3.       Less is more

Don’t cram slides full of info. Keep it to one concept per slide.  Avoid unnecessary clipart/graphics.

4.       Keep it simple

Font should be readable (don’t use anything less than 28 pt., plain fonts are best).

Can the people in the back of the room read your slides? Limit the use of color.

Contrast colors for the background and text. Light colors are hard to read.

5.       Slides are for your audience

Don’t read directly from your slides.  They are a guide. Title your slides and use them as a reference point.

6.       Use meaningful images

Pertinent images can tell a story/intrigue the audience. Specific charts and graphs should be used to convey data.

7.       Your presentation is not a paper

You can’t cover everything.

8.       Make eye contact

Engage the audience. Your enthusiasm for the topic will be transmitted to the people in the room.

9.       Watch your body language

It’s not just what you say; it’s how you say it.

10.   Spellcheck

Take a moment to look over your text. Is everything in order?

5 Things Every Presenter Needs to Know About People

  1. People learn best in 20-minute chunks.
  2. Multiple sensory channels compete. Minimize bullet points and maximize visuals.
  3. What you say is only one part of your presentation. Be aware of your body language.
  4. If you want people to act, you have to call them to action.
  5. People imitate your emotions and feel your feelings. If you are passionate about your topic, your audience will be inspired.

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