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Giving Presentations. Giving Presentations. Dr. Mark Matthews, Student Learning Development. “Presentation is the ‘Killer Skill’ we take into the real world. It’s almost an unfair advantage.” Ethan Rasiel & Paul N. Friga, ‘ The McKinsey Mind’. . Why Present?. Understanding Enthusiasm

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giving presentations
Giving Presentations

Giving Presentations

Dr. Mark Matthews, Student Learning Development

“Presentation is the ‘Killer Skill’ we take into the real world. It’s almost an unfair advantage.”

Ethan Rasiel & Paul N. Friga, ‘The McKinsey Mind’.

why present
Why Present?
  • Understanding
  • Enthusiasm
  • Overview
  • Entertain
  • Convince
  • Sell
  • Impress….
your experience
Your experience
  • What is your experience of giving presentations?
  • What do you like about it?
  • What do you dislike about it?
  • Will you need to present in the future?
steps in giving presentation
Steps in Giving Presentation
  • Plan

2. Prepare

3. Practice

4. Present

  • Who is your audience?
  • Why are they there?
  • What is your goal?
  • How long will it be?
  • Where will it take place?
3 things
3 things

If your audience could remember only three

things about your presentation, what would

you want it to be?




start your outline
Start your Outline
  • No Powerpoint
  • Film with no script
  • Pencil Paper
  • Order your thoughts
  • Key points
  • Your own experience
  • Books, Journal articles, Newspaper cuttings, internet, television programmes…
  • Group the information
  • Be ruthless

Main theme


Get Attention




Key message

work on an outline
Work on an Outline
  • Pick a topic
  • Business card message
  • 3 take-away points
  • Structure:

Way in – Content - Summary

speaker s 3 friends
Speaker’s 3 friends

1. Personal notes

2. Illustrative slides

3. Handouts


Poor Powerpoint

  • The evils of Powerpoint are familiar to everyone, they include:
    • Too much text
    • Too small to read and is really only serving as a crutch for the presenter
    • Clip Art and Slide templates that have been seen a million times
    • Spinning, wooshing, dazzlings animations

Part of the problem with having so much text onscreen is that it puts of people. If the idea of your presentation is to read from the slides then we are you there? Besides people can read quicker than you can talk so they’ll have finished reading your slide and be waiting for the next one, or even worse working on a masterpience doodle.

Your presentation, Powerpoint or otherwise, should be a supporting aid – you want main the focus on you not your presentation. Ideally, you should be able to deliver an equally interesting presentation should the projector/computer/room/audience break.

Avoid too many bullets as well – it makes the information dull for the audience.

  • Most important information up front on your slide, so that it Jumps Out.
  • Drip feed information
  • Never use sentences

Serif font

Times Roman: font

Georgia: font

Garamond: font

Sans serif font

Arial: font

Helvetica: font

Verdana: font



high quality images
High quality images

Use images to

support your point

Use a consistent


slide sorter
Slide Sorter

Finally - Spend time sorting your slides

powerpoint critique
PowerPoint Critique

Critique slides you have been given:

  • What works?
  • What does not work?
  • How would you improve?
feeling nervous
Feeling Nervous?
  • Lack of experience
  • Lack of preparation
  • Lack of enthusiasm
  • Negative self-talk
it s not about you
It’s not about you

Focus on your goal

  • what you are going to say
  • control your body


  • Make them comfortable
  • Interesting
  • Slow to develop
  • Quick to disappear

The more practice:

  • better you feel
  • more you want to do
presenting fitness
Presenting Fitness


  • Environment
  • Everything
  • Technology
becoming confident
Becoming Confident
  • Be over-prepared
  • Rehearse and practice
  • Know your subject
  • Use relaxation techniques
  • Be positive +++
  • Avoid stressors

Turn yourself on

ask questions

talk beforehand

more extroverted

Just a Minute
  • speak about subject for 1 minute
  • no ‘umms’ or ‘ahhs’
  • Pauses and repetition allowed
  • If my voice goes?
  • If I forget what I’m saying?
  • If I can’t answer a question?
  • If ……
steps in giving presentation44
Steps in Giving Presentation
  • Plan

2. Prepare

3. Practice

4. Present

student learning development
Student Learning Development

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