By: Megan Alligood How to give a powerful presentation
To start off… You should know the subject you are presenting very well and be able to explain what you mean and your reasoning behind each idea. You should also know what you want the ending product to be, you need to have in mind what you want your audience to obtain during your presentation. Make sure while you are preparing your presentation you are adding things you will know how to elaborate on while your talking to the audience. http://mason.gmu.edu/~montecin/powerpoint.html
Do your research! Make sure you research everything you can about the subject you are presenting. You need to know that what you are putting on your powerpoint is really the truth, you also need to be able to talk about it to your students and answer any questions they may have. Use anything that will help you obtain information about your what your presenting better, as in: Biographies, newspapers, magazine, websites, books and even people.
Create an outline
This is an example of an outline for what a teacher wants to do in class. Yours will be on a powerpoint not just on what the class is going to be doing but you will need to make something similar to show what you want to talk about in your slides.
First draft… Go through and make your whole powerpoint without stopping to revise yet and write everything you want your students to know about the subject. You have to remember to make the powerpoint based on how you are going to say them because often times you will write things a lot different than you would say them. Remember you will be presenting this to your class and will want the slides to correspond with what you are saying.
Choose your structure Make sure you know how you want to present your ideas. You need to structure your powerpoint accordingly. Some teachers will have a main idea on each slide and then explain it with supporting ideas. If you want one major idea to stand out you should focus a lot on those slides and go into more detail about them. You should also overlap your main ideas and so you can refer back to them when you discuss your presentation with your students.
Organization! Your presentation should be organized in a way that it all flows together when you’re presenting it. You should take 3-5 main points or ideas from your research and base your whole presentation on it! Have your information in some type of order. Whether it be chronological, by each topic or in cause and effect form. You should also build in repetition. Such as repeating main ideas so it’ll keep the audience focused and able to obtain what they need to learn.
Know your technology Make sure you know what you are working with. You need to know how to change your backgrounds and add things to your slides etc. This will keep your powerpoint fresh and easy to pay attention too. Also, if you are not familiar the type of technology you are using to create your powerpoint, you will often be stuck and your slides will start to not make sense and be hard to follow!
Resources… “Teaching and Learning with Technology” by Judy Lever-Duffy and Jean B. McDonald. Pages 332-334, 349-350 and 356-358 Bringing Down the House: Creating Sensational Knock-Your-Socks Off Presentations: How to Deliver Your Message with Power and Pizzazz