25 Replies to “presentation advice?”

  1. I think the one piece of advice that I would give would be to focus not only on the regurgitating the material but also being personable. I always find presentations most engaging not only when the material is interesting, but when the presenter’s personality is sprinkled in!

  2. Something that I’ve learned about presenting through sitting through them and doing them myself is the oftentimes, less is more. The more text and long-winded a slide is, the more likely you are to lose you audience. Text-based slides can be integral to the presentation and useful overall as long as the text isn’t clustered, small, off to the side, or overwhelming to the audience. Yet, it is important to acknowledge that some text is always helpful to guide your audience through your presentation!

  3. A good “script” for any presentation should be more of a list of bullet pointed ideas, rather than a full script. For example, rather than writing “Hello, my name is Lane Riddle and I am here today to talk to you about typography…”, your script should just say “introduce self”. This makes the presentation flow much smoother and allows you to interact with your audience through eye contact and hand gesturing, rather than reading directly from a script.

  4. For school presentations, my one piece of advice would be to focus more on creativity than professionalism. I know this might be a slightly controversial opinion, but even in professional settings when I have sprinkled in some relevant memes or told a personal story on the topic we are discussing, I find that people are way more engaged. Coming at your presentation from the perspective that your audience are people not robots, will help you make a more engaging, and therefore more memorable presentation. In other words, don’t be afraid to take creative risks!

  5. I think the best presentations feel more like a conversation than a formal speech. I have found that I am much more able to present clearly when I feel like I am simply explaining something to a friend. Your words are more coherent and powerful when you can speak comfortably and without too much pressure. Framing presentations in this way also helps with nerves, as it takes away the stress that comes with planning the “perfect” presentation. Casual conversations flow naturally, and presentations should do the same.

  6. One piece of advice (that I need to remember to follow as well) is slowing down your speech when presenting. I always find that I speed up the rate at which I am talking when giving a presentation, likely because I am nervous. Part of me thinks that if I pause or talk slowly, listeners will “notice” and perceive the presentation as unrehearsed. In reality, if I made a cognitive note to slow down while presenting, I would actually be talking at a normal rate. I find that it actually calms nerves to talk slower!

  7. My advice for delivering a presentation is to be enthusiastic. While it can be difficult when the content is dry or complex, I’ve found that making an effort to be enthusiastic can be a huge game-changer in engaging the audience. Being enthusiastic doesn’t necessarily mean having to crack jokes or be extremely excited about the subject, but it could mean finding a creative way to present a typically boring topic, connecting some part of the presentation to your personal experiences, or explaining the subject in a novel and interesting way.

  8. My advice for presentations is pretty obvious: make sure to get a lot of practice in. This way, you come across as much more confident because you know and understand the content without having to read off a visual aid. Personally, I get really nervous during presentations and tend to want to stick to a script so I can make sure to hit all of the important points. There are times when my nerves get the better of me and my mind goes blank, so practicing my presentation can help me get back on track when this happens.

  9. My one piece of advice for online presenting is to have a note card with main points you want to hit on each slide. Of course, you should practice so that you know what you want to say, but don’t write that down word by word. Only having main points makes the presentation more natural.

  10. Online Zoom presentations can often feel detached from the audience. This can be helpful to ease any nerves or stage fright. However, this mode of presentation often loses tools that help engage with your audience, like eye contact and body orientation. Therefore, vocalists are important to keep in mind when presenting. Inflections and vocal variety are helpful to seem more engaging to your audience

  11. For group project presentations, my one piece of advice is being organized and structured . This not only requires a strong intro and conclusion but also smooth transitions between topics and speakers. All of this does take some practice but knowing what you’re talking about and what comes next in your presentation is what sets a strong/good presentation apart from a bad one.

  12. My best advice for giving an effective presentation is having an engaging and personal tone and body language, which draws listeners in and ensures they’re focused on what you’re saying rather than tuning out. I think it’s also great to have clear, direct, and easy-to-read visuals accompany your talking, so that listeners can follow along and don’t get lost in several minutes of speech. Too many notes, however, isn’t helpful and will detract from the main points you’re trying to get across through speech.

  13. Spending time with the material so you genuinely understand it and can have a conversation about it, rather than memorizing a script, is very helpful for me. It helps with actually learning something from the project and makes presenting to a live audience much smoother than relying on note or memorization. Developing an in depth understanding should be done however you learn best as we all have different learning styles and studying preferences.

  14. Something worth noting to keep your presentation engaging is limiting text on slides, and avoid reading from the slide. When you have a few key bullet points, and can expand upon each bullet point with language that is familiar to your audience, and is your own words, you can keep the crowd engaged. When you are just reading slide by slide, a lot of the times you are using words you wouldn’t use, and doesn’t translate to the audience.

  15. I always find that slowing down my speech, taking deep breaths, and reminding myself to speak confidently ensures that my presentation is well-received. Talking at an accessible speed–acknowledging that viewers are both reading my slide and listening to me speak–and emphasizing important points through intonation and pausing leads to greater information reception by the audience.

  16. One piece of advice I have for presentations is to practice talking about your subject or topic with someone you know such as a family member or friend. Since you’re sharing your presentation with someone you are comfortable with, it will be easier to go through the presentation once you do the real thing. While I find practicing your presentation an important step, doing it in front of someone or even a group of people you are comfortable with takes away some of the nerves that surround presenting and help you feel more confident and knowledgable with whatever topic you are presenting. Also having conversations about your presentation with those around you can help you sneak in some extra practice and help you further memorize the material in a way that feels natural.

  17. My piece of advice to deliver an excellent presentation is to prepare! I found that proper preparation and rehearsal for presentations really reduce any sort of presentation anxiety that you might experience. It also helps the presentation flow more naturally, making it more engaging for the audience to listen to.

  18. One piece of advice that I would give for delivering a great presentation is practicing beforehand! The amount of confidence that I get from simply being prepared or knowing beforehand what I am going to say lifts such a weight off of my chest and allows me to deliver my presentation 100x more efficiently. I often employ the 8x8x8 rule where I practice a presentation 8 days before as much as I can, 8 hours before, and then review once more 8 minutes before. That way, the presentation becomes muscle memory for me by the end and I can deliver it with confidence and I am no longer nervous about presenting.

  19. My advice is to take a deep breath before starting your presentation. Focus on explaining the key details. Put the most important notes on your presentation for visual learners. Practice makes perfect. The more you prepare for your presentation, the better. Practicing helps reduce anxiety before doing something important.

  20. One piece of advice that I feel is helpful when developing and delivering a presentation is to remember who your audience is and cater to them. Your presentation style should not be the same if you’re presenting to your classmates versus presenting in front of your co-workers or your boss. If you aren’t catering your presentation style to your audience you’re likely going to be met with less engagement and enthusiasm on your topic.

  21. My one piece of advice is to pre-script your presentation. Whether it’s a simple list of key points or a full on word-for-word script, doing so always helps me feel more confident and comfortable with what I’m presenting. Being confident in the content can also help you focus more on presentation etiquettes like eye contact, speed, and tone during the actual presentation.

  22. When it comes to presentations, a few things I found extremely important are practicing, using different gestures, and having vocal variety. Incorporating these aspects will liven up the presentation as well keeping the audience engaged. If the audience isn’t engaged, then you are not sufficiently getting your point across.

  23. My best presentations are the ones that I prepare for by familiarizing myself with the main points rather than by memorizing any kind of a script. In the past, when I’ve written out what I want to say word-for-word, I become overly concerned with adhering to my notes, tripping up when I utter any variation of what I’ve written even though the same concept would be delivered regardless. When this happens the delivery comes across, well, scripted, and I don’t seem present and connected with my audience. No one wants to feel like someone is merely reading to them, rather, they want to feel like someone is speaking from a natural desire to educate, share, and inform. The best way to prepare for a presentation is to construct more of an outline, familiarizing yourself with key points and messages so that when you present, it just sounds like you are speaking freely on a topic you know very well. Rehearsing your presentation beforehand might help you grow comfortable speaking in front of other people, but don’t worry too much if you don’t say the exact same thing each time. As long as you can feel confident and relaxed about what you’re presenting that’s all that really matters.

  24. One part of giving a good presentation is familiarizing yourself with the content then preparing and practicing what you are going to say. My best presentations have involved practice beforehand, which allows me to talk more confidently, cohesively, and make eye contact with the audience. Additionally, I have found that this has helped me utilize better tones and gestures throughout the presentation.

  25. One piece of advice I have for delivering an excellent presentation is to have an outline for what you are going to say. It has always been helpful for me to write out bullet points for my presentation and write down any specific quotes I want to say during my presentation. Looking at the outline when presenting keeps me on track and helps me remember what I planned on saying.

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