How to give a great presentation


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This slide deck was used to give students an overview on how to give a great presentation, especially a technical presentation. It covers aspects like purposeful movement, technology, slide creation etc....

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How to give a great presentation

  1. 1. How to give a great presentation 9 July 2012
  2. 2. Agenda Going to look at how you can give a great talk! Why? Cause you will do one this week Also you will always need to give talks Future proofing Covering all you need to know at a high level You need to go away and apply it – this won’t make your talk great, but it will put you on the right path.
  3. 3. Why are people coming to your talk?
  4. 4. To hear you speak!
  5. 5. It is about you Not the slides Not the gimmicks Be honest Be unique, but don’t be nuts
  6. 6. Failure
  7. 7. Failure No one in the room wants you to fail Expect it Have a one click/reset You should be able to give a talk without the slides & demos Some of the best talks come from failure Have backup plans Known the weak spots & prepare the audience for it A little superstition helps
  8. 8. Preparation
  9. 9. Prep Know the goal (change the brain) Story boards Reference Demo Re-evaluate slides & orders Finding a good starting point for the demo (demo shell) Refinement Polish Writing the Script Practise
  10. 10. Expectation Setting Title for the session is important Description is less important If the title or description is wrong, change it. These should tell the audience what to expect, no playing games here!
  11. 11. Purposeful
  12. 12. Tone & Energy University is the worst place to learn to present Presentations are not information dumps If you are not energized, the audience won’t be Energized != excited Needed to be Energized? Then Care Deeply VOICE SHOULD BE HEARD ALWAYS
  13. 13. Movement Make every movement count Movement gives time for mental breathers Sitting is bad Often used in business talks Standing shows respect though Standing for shock & awe works too Worried about fiddling? Bring a pen, pin or something small to hold
  14. 14. Shock & Awe The single most dangerous thing you can do Do something unexpected Something Very Radical Pure Silence Something Offensive You had better be able to take the reputation knock Leading down the wrong path Makes the audience feel stupid
  15. 15. Colours
  16. 16. Slides You should not need them They are a presenters tool – NOT THE PRESENTATION If they can read the slides they do not need you! Impact Full Bleed Images Maybe loosely related to the talk Take the audience one way, then switch them Comedy for the comedy impaired Every time you change the slide you lose audience
  17. 17. Have you noticed my slides are bad in this talk??
  18. 18. The presentation combo Agenda (light) Content (IMPORTANT) Review (light)
  19. 19. The presentation combo Agenda (light) Content (IMPORTANT) Review (light) Setup Demo Recap Setup Demo Recap Setup Demo Recap Setup Demo Recap Setup Demo Recap
  20. 20. Group Presentations
  21. 21. Group presentations When possible avoid them Can’t avoid? Then apply the combo Presenter 1: Setup Presenter 2: Demo Presenter 3: Recap Have different people handle different sections (becomes two or three mini- talks) NEEDS CAREFUL PLANNING One speaker, one typist also works One MC (initial setup & recap), rest handle areas MC needs more energy than the rest Practise together! Pick a captain Focus on the speaker Avoid banter that isolates the audience
  22. 22. Practising
  23. 23. Practise In the mirror, or better on your phone Have others review your talks Know the room Get to it early on the day too Do your system check ahead of time There is nothing wrong with cheat sheets Timing – get the timing right (always under, never over) Take a watch/cellphone to the talk if you are tight on time Have bits you can drop or give a light treatment to
  24. 24. Technical Practise Screen Resolution Expect 1024x768 Network connectivity Larger fonts
  25. 25. Know your quirks Lisp, thinking words (um), words you pronounce oddly Work on improving them Play with them NOTHING IN YOUR POCKETS!
  26. 26. Don’ts
  27. 27. Don’ts Don’t underestimate the audience Don’t assume you must know everything Don’t pretend you know everything Don’t take someone else’s talk – own your talks Don’t present without preparation Don’t pitch up tired or hung over Don’t pitch in the wrong clothes
  28. 28. Questions?
  29. 29. Reference