Believe in yourself and your
audience will too
Why? What? Who?
• Why are you presenting?
• What is the presentation
• Who are you presenting
How to design a
design a good
presentation you must
start with a clear plan
and use clear messages.
1. Compose Slides
Don’t copy & paste slides from different sources.
Keep the design very basic and simple. It shall not
Pick an easy to read font face.
Carefully select font sizes for headers and text.
Leave room for highlights, such as images or take
Decorate scarcely but well.
Restrict the room your design takes up and don’t
ever let the design restrict your message.
Power Point slides
designed to get
interested - or
it can allow some
form of audience
"If you fail to prepare, you are prepared to fail"
How to Rehearse
to rehearse your presentation out
loud at least 4 times.
Make sure that one of your rehearsals is
in front of a really scary audience family, friends, partners, colleagues,
-They will tell you quite plainly where you are going
wrong - as well as providing you with the support
that you need.
The Five Minute Presentation
Advertisers can get a complete story across in less
than 30 seconds so five minutes should be fine.
"It takes five hours to prepare a five minute presentation" 22
or tape record
3. The Rule of Three
The audience are likely
to remember only three
things from your
plan in advance what these
The Rule of Three
are three parts to your
◦ The beginning, the middle and the end.
lists of three wherever you can in
In Presentations "Less is More"
◦ If you have four points to get across - cut one
Presentation Hints and Tips
Start with a quotation.
Write it down
Write down your speech, but
try not to read from it. If you
have written it down - if you
dry up, you will be able to
pick it back up again.
Background – Bad
backgrounds that are distracting or
difficult to read from
Always be consistent with the
background that you use
Even if you always wear jeans, you'll
want to "dress up" for your presentation.
You'll send several messages to your
audience when you do - - I cared enough
about this presentation to dress up, I'm successful (and
we all know that success breeds success), and finally,
I'm a serious professional.
Do not allow your clothes to "get in
the way". Be sure that your audience
doesn't spend the first ten minutes
of your presentation focused on your
Bugs Bunny tie, or wonder why
you're wearing lipstick the color of
Your body communicates
different impressions to the
audience. People not only listen to
you, they also watch you. On the other hand,
displaying good posture tells your audience
that you know what you are doing and you care
deeply about it. Also, a good posture helps you to
speak more clearly and effective.
Throughout you presentation, display:
Eye contact: This helps to regulate the flow of
Expressions: Smiling is a powerful cue that
transmits happiness, friendliness, warmth, and liking.
So, if you smile frequently you will be perceived as
more likable, friendly,
If you fail to
gesture while speaking,
you may be perceived
as boring and stiff. A lively speaking style
captures attention, makes the material more
interesting, and facilitates understanding.
Voice. One of the major criticisms of speakers is
that they speak in a monotone voice. Listeners
perceive this type of speaker as boring and dull.
People report that they learn less and lose
interest more quickly when listening to those
who have not learned to modulate their voices.
Incorporate Humor in your
relaxes an audience
and makes it feel more
comfortable with you
as the speaker.
an effective and strong closing
◦ Your audience is likely to remember your last
a conclusion slide to:
◦ Summarize the main points of your
◦ Suggest future avenues of research
your presentation with a simple
question slide to:
◦ Invite your audience to ask questions
◦ Provide a visual aid during question period
◦ Avoid ending a presentation abruptly
Find a "Hook" for your next presentation