You will be definitely required to present your topic in front of the audience at least once during your studying. Usually, students focus on the oral presentation of the material, totally forgetting about the written part. However, a well-prepared presentation is key to its successful delivery as it will provide you with a backup and points to discuss even if you are not the best speaker in the world.
Don’t Write Long Sentences
In your presentation, focus on the main points: they will make it easier for the audience to understand and remember what you are talking about. Long sentences make your presentation look dull and unattractive, while also leaving no chances for the audience to actually read them. Therefore, try to write only the critical statements on each slide and use long explanations only where it is absolutely necessary.
Don’t Forget about Speaker Notes
Speaker notes are a wonderful feature that helps you to deliver all the necessary facts to the audience without reading from the notes. Of course, it’s great if you could tell everything by heart and use information from the presentation’s main points to remember the necessary facts. However, you can always have a backup in the form of the speaker notes, which will help you to focus on what and how you say instead of trying to keep all the speech in your head.
Use Interesting Design
Don’t write everything in plain text on the white font: you are going to show a presentation, not an enlarged version of your essay. Therefore, try to make it look well-developed and designed. Even if the content of your presentation is not perfect, the top-notch design of your presentation will create an image of something which was carefully prepared. However, you should be careful here: don’t focus solely on design as someone will still read the text written and listen to your speech.
Use Graphs and Charts to Illustrate Difficult Parts
Use the space on the slides carefully: don’t just write anything — instead, write information that should be memorized by the audience or properly illustrated. Charts, tables, and graphs are great tools to demonstrate facts or explain hard terms or correlations. It will save you a lot of time (as you will not write lots of unnecessary information) and will make your delivery more lively as you will be engaged in the explanation.
First of all, the pictures will make your presentation look nicer. Secondly, they can also illustrate difficult concepts or show the necessary details. Finally, they are catchy as they are helping to visualize the material: because up to 40% of people perceive visual information better, they will have stronger engagement in your speech. However, when inserting the images, make sure that they are in the same style as your presentation, and look appropriate.
Don’t Stick to Powerpoint Only
Powerpoint is not the only program that can be used to create slides. We are pretty used to it, so it rarely creates a wow-effect. However, there are many great tools you can use to make your presentation look different from the rest, including Canva and Prezi, as the most popular ones. If you don’t have time to get used to the new programs, consider downloading new templates for your Keynote and PowerPoint to make your presentation look fresh and exciting.
Presentation presupposes communication with the audience: therefore, you should always keep them engaged. Humor is a wonderful way to do it: you can insert memes into the presentation, refer to the funny story, or look for silly pictures that will make your audience laugh. Of course, this rule is not universal: if you disclose a serious topic or have a strict professor, you might not want to sound funny.
If your time of presentation is longer than 5-10 minutes, you can use videos when appropriate. It will engage your audience and attract its attention while also letting you have an additional sip of water and rest for a bit from the constant talking. Still, make sure that the video will be played easily on the classroom computer, and you will not spend additional 5 minutes trying to figure out what went wrong. Besides, your video should perfectly correlate with your topic and add value to your presentation, so spend enough time finding it instead of choosing the first possible option.