Being able to write and deliver a presentation is an important skill for working and studying.
Think of five people you know who have delivered inspirational speeches. These could be famous examples or less well-known examples of singers, politicians, sportspeople, artists or ordinary people who have made a big impact on you.
Now watch the following speech. What makes it so effective?
Top tips for a great presentation
- Make your presentation visual. Avoid using long sentences and instead use images, charts, graphs or videos to catch your audience’s attention.
- Show passion. The most important thing about a presentation is to connect with your audience and to show you care about the topic you are talking about.
- Start strong. The first two minutes of your presentation are crucial - you need to grab your audience’s attention. Remember to always introduce yourself.
- Make eye contact. You might feel nervous but making eye contact will help your audience to connect with you and your presentation.
- Smile. Smiling will help you to feel less nervous and it will help your audience relax too.
- Tell stories. Avoid filling your presentation with facts and numbers. Instead, use stories that will help your audience to engage and relate with your message.
- The rule of three. Studies have shown that people will remember three things from your presentation. Build your presentation around your three most important points.
- Practise. The more confident and comfortable you are with your ideas, the better you will come across.
- Speak slowly. When you are nervous, you might find yourself speaking quickly. Take a few deep breaths before you start.
- Prepare answers to questions. Although you can’t predict what questions you will be asked, it’s a good idea to think of answers to likely questions ahead of the presentation.
- Be confident. Remember that your audience want you to do well.
Activity: Writing a presentation
Write a five-minute presentation on one of the following two topics:
- One thing I would change about the world and why
- What your dream job is and why
Introduction: An introduction to you and your chosen topic
Outline: Outline your topic and why it is important to you
Examples: Give examples about your topic to support your points
Closing statement: What is your final message from your presentation?
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