Planning your Presentation
Research topic thoroughly -
Clear flow from one slide to next
Make sure it grabs audience attention
Illustrate information with examples
Keep it simple and to the point!
No waffle - It distracts audience
Clear tone of voice
Make sure to keep you're audience engaged!
accounts for 80%
of the message.
What we actually
say only accounts
Use a posture
that is directed
Eye contact – Engage your
Minimal use of hand gestures
Focus on Pace and Tone
Every action communicates subconsciously to
The most important thing in communication is
hearing what isn't said.
Relax – watch your breathing
Short quick breaths indicate nervousness
Deep long breaths indicate calmness
Minimal use is more effective
Use aids to support and illustrate
Make a lasting impact
Colour and font type must be uniform
Use colour carefully!
Check grammar, spelling and vocabulary
Always before the presentation starts to avoid
Print slides for distribution to the audience
Prior to the presentation!
If equipment breaks down, acknowledge it and
move forward, don’t stop!
Each presentation should contain 3 to 4 slides.
Be careful of embarrassing screensavers!
Types Of Delivery
Delivered from notes
Most common, extremely difficult, use sparingly
Off the cuff
usually perfected by watching others rehearsing
Not as acceptable or as common as other methods
Delivering the Presentation
Introduce yourself and maintain eye contact!
Take your time – Go at an even pace
Allow time for the audience to absorb what you're
Summarise and wrap up
Thank your audience!
Reviewing the Delivery
Practise your delivery
Review it regularly
Check your content
Check visual aid flow
Focus on what you want to achieve from the
Did you deliver it in the time allocated?
Save questions to a formal Q & A session at
The first question will generally tell if you have
successfully communicated your points
Take your time when answering questions.
Thank the person for their question and
acknowledge their view point
Do not get into an argument over differing
Do not wait until the actual presentation to hear
questions. Anticipate potential questions
during slide preparation
Maintain eye contact with the person asking the
question and include the entire audience in
If you cannot answer the question say so and
offer to get back later with the answer
Where possible address potential questions during
The wrap up question and answer session presents
an opportunity to further explore the subject matter
and provides you - the presenter - with a chance to
reinforce your key points
The question and answer session should focus on
delivering additional information and not
repeating topics already covered
That completes our delivery on the topic of
Presentation Skills. Thanks to Emma, Anna, Siobhan
and Maurice for doing such a good job and a special
thanks to you, the audience, for your attention