University is all about getting out of your comfort zone. For some people taking the stage may come naturally, for others it’s not quite so easily done. Without a doubt, you will be asked to do presentations within your peer group or for assessments. This can be daunting but like most other things, it is a skill that you can practice, learn and master. Here are a few handy tips to ace your next presentation.
Be prepared – read up!
It’s not surprising that knowing your topic well will not only give you the content you need but also naturally bolster self-confidence while presenting. Make sure you do your homework when you prepare your slides as this will give you some background knowledge around the topic so that you can speak with authority. This means you’ll also be able to handle questions at the end guaranteeing you that good grade.
What goes on the screen?
Designing good slides is a key part of giving a good presentation. You want your information to be displayed in a clear and concise manner. You also never want to have to simply read off your slides! Obviously, this varies according to subject material. So, make sure you check with your lecturer or your peers on the correct way of formatting. There are plenty interesting formats and softwares is that you can use to design your presentation. Gone are the days of PowerPoint being your only option! Have a look online to see what you can use.
Here’s a link to get you started!
A speaker who sounds too well rehearsed is never a good idea but that does not mean you shouldn’t have a plan about what you’re going to say. Whether you decide to fully script your presentation, or use bullet points, make sure you go through your slides once or twice before the big day. Get your flatmates to listen to you to give you constructive feedback. You can also check if they were able to pick up all your key points at the end of your presentation.
Just as important as your content, is your showmanship. Dress well for the occasion, in something that you are comfortable in. Now that you’ve done all the hard work, all you have to do is follow through and do your thing!