EssentialUnderstandingThis presentation will help you improve:your ability to present knowledge and ideasby designing a logical organization and stylefor your audience using visual displays,technology and appropriate languagechoices.
Elements of aStrongPresentation: AMAudienceWho are they?What do they need to know?MessageWhat content are you required to present?Which elements of your content are essential,which are supplementary?
Elements of aStrongPresentation: PMPresenterHow can you design your presentation so thatthe content creates an impact on the audience?How can you reduce distractions so that thefocus is on the content, not the presenter?MediumWhat’s the most effective medium to use?How does this choice improve the impact?
AudienceWho are they?What do they need to know?What can you assume they already know?What will they gain by paying attention toyour presentation?How can you keep them engaged (handouts,interaction)?In the real world, it’s never about “getting agrade.” Consider the real purpose.
MessageHow much time do you have?What content are you required to present?How can you make it fit the time constraints?Brainstorming: When working in groups, you mustbe supportive of every idea, but firm enough tothrow out weak or unnecessary content.Visualize ideas – Use diagrams, mapping, outlines,chart to help you organize and simplify.
PresenterYou will need to be able to:To use your voice to emphasize your content.To use body language to accent your content(gestures, facial expression)To adjust your timing (speed, detail, length)To deal with your own nervousnessTo respond to audience (eye contact, changingpace given cues)
PresenterKnow about what you want to say.Look at people when you speak to them.Speak clearly and keep what you say simple.Ensure that your words, body language and voiceall emphasize your most important content.Adapt your delivery to your audience by payingattention to the signs of confusion, disagreementor boredom.Summarize and check that people understand you.
MediumFlip Chart and Poster presentations:Clear and conciseHigh Visual impactWell-organizedBinders or Folders:Well-organizedAllow for review after presentation
MediumPowerpoint (or other presentation software)If you use a small font, your audience may not be able to read what you have writtenCAPITALISE ONLY WHEN NECESSARY. ITIS DIFFICULT TO READ AND APPEARSRUDE.Avoid complicated / distracting transitionSpecialty fonts are often difficult toreadColors that don’t contrast the background aredifficult to read.Background images often obscure text.
Group DynamicsRehearse early and often.Have a real introduction; don’t simply begin.Introduce yourselves.Know your transitions and make them smooth andlogical, especially between presentersHave an “anchorman” who directs the flow of thepresentation.Inactive presenters should not be inattentive.Use each member’s strength.