Oral Presentation. NOT A LECTURE. Oral Presentation. 5 minutes, with no questions (perhaps afterwards!) Timetable to be decided on Monday 7 th November Everyone *must* do one, or extreme weakness applies…. Oral Presentation.
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5 minutes, with no questions (perhaps afterwards!)
Timetable to be decided on Monday 7thNovember
Everyone *must* do one, or extreme weakness applies…
It is not simply being able to talk, but rather, being able to transmit the exact message desired in a way that will be received and understood.
Being able to communicate via “presentation” has become a widely sought after skill.
From an oral presentation, how much of each should you have?
Verbal vs. Visual vs. Vocal?
Do you want to inform your audience, persuade them, train them, or entertain them? What messages do you want your audience to take away with them?
Who is your audience? How many people will be attending? What do they need to know? What do they already know? What do they expect? Will they be receptive to your message?
Brainstorm your ideas, then decide what is most relevant and appropriate. Make sure that you take enough time to do any research that you need. Be selective – do not try to present too much in your message.
Any presentation should consist of an introduction, a body and a conclusion. There should be examples, figures, stories, etc. The use of humour that is in good taste and relevant is also welcome.
Again, remember not to try to put in too many figures or too many details. Too much humour is also out of the question. Everything must be balanced since you are planning to deliver a presentation and not give a show of any kind. Your audience should not lose the main idea of your talk.
The structure of your message should be simple, words and sentences short. It is also good to use concrete words because they are easier to understand.
A high recommendation is to give the audience clear signals as to the direction your presentation is taking.
As to visual aids, you should use them only as a support or illustration of what you are delivering.
Some visual aids to put across certain points that cannot be explained in words. They are also good to add emphasis to a talk, but they must be simple to understand.
Take time to practice your presentation!
This will give you a chance to identify any weak points or gaps. You will also be able to make sure that you can pronounce any figures and proper names correctly and confidently. It will also allow you to fine-tune the timing.
Your second slide should contain the agenda for the remainder of the presentation.
This serves two purposes - it not only tells the audience what to expect, but serves as an outline for you as you create the slides.
Your third (or fourth, depending on how big the agenda is) should contain some information about you. This sets your credibility with the audience as to your expertise with the subject matter.
This slide is only really applicable to further presentations, not for this one!
After that, it is up to you to start creating your slides. However, here's a few hints to keep in mind as you go along:
3. If you use backgrounds in your slides, make them of light colours. Dark colours will contrast the text when they are printed out as handouts for attendees.