Many people find presentations intimidating, but they are a common requirement of college courses. This unit will explain how to develop an effective presentation, how to calm your presentation anxiety, and how to deliver your presentation well.
✓ Know your subject matter. Solid content is essential for a good presentation, so make sure you’ve done your research and have a good understanding of the material you'll be presenting.
✓ Have all of your materials organized. Your presentation will go much more smoothly if your notes and visual aids are easy for you to use.
✓ Avoid lecturing. Use visual aids, questions and activities to engage your audience.
✓ Be aware of your non-verbal communication. Stand straight, make eye contact with your audience, and smile. Avoid distracting behaviours, like chewing gum or fidgeting.
✓ PRACTICE! Be sure to go through your full presentation several times before giving it to your class. Do it on your own and with an audience.
✓ Practice relaxing. Practicing will make it easier to manage your natural anxiety during your presentation.
✓ Prepare short speaking notes. Try to write only the key words or key points on cue cards so that you won’t be tempted to read a whole script instead of speaking directly to your audience.
✓ Take your time. Speaking slowly will help you avoid excessive verbal fillers (like “ummm” or “ahhhh”).