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Some tips for creating a good presentation

Presentations ď Ž What makes a good/ bad presentation? ď Ž Consider what the presentation is to be used

for and remember you give the presentation, PowerPoint etc is just the illustrations.

Task ď Ž Complete in groups a spider diagram of the

points to consider when giving a presentation.

OVERVIEW OF 3 SECTIONS  The opening or introduction  The main body  The conclusion

INTRODUCTION The opening:  To attract attention & introduce yourself “You never get a second chance to make a first impression”  To tell the audience of the content

What is your message?

 To establish the procedure/order of the

presentation Set out the ‘agenda’ control any interuptions.

THE MAIN PART (THE BODY) Explain the main ideas or points you want to make. Make sure your presentations builds up the evidence to make your point. ď Ž Help audience understand what you are

talking about (language, jargon, etc.)

ď Ž Plan your talk through images, use notes

pages for what you will say.

Tips for Presentations:  Speak clearly and slowly (people tend to

rush when nervous!) Use notes not a script.  Allow time for people to absorb the information. Don’t be afraid to leave pauses, these will allow you to breathe and the audience to think about what you have said.  Don’t read large chunks of text - talk around your slides/notes. Use the images as the focal point for what you are saying.  Try using a story board to plan.

Story boards

Non Verbal Skills - Body Language  Try not to fidget, your body language will show

your nerves etc…

 Make eye contact with audience, their body

language will show if they are interested or not…

 Maintain an open body posture, face the audience,

utilise your notes and preparation.

 Be positive!

It will not last long and the more you do the easier it gets.

Images Consider why you have included the image.

Images cont’d  What do they illustrate?  Statistics show trends, which image should

you use to illustrate trends?  Statistics show proportion, which image best shows proportion.  Use Excel to produce charts and graphs and make sure they are fully labelled.

Pie chart showing survey results for favourite movie genre.

Labelled histogram  Title  Labelled Axis  Scales

THE CONCLUSION The close:  To summarise/remind your audience of the points

you have made and show them how they build up the evidence for your conclusion.

 To allow your audience to ask questions.

What does my dress tell my audience? Remember: “There is never a second chance to make a first impression.� The way you dress will say things about you. Consider: audience venue remit Which of these is best?

Which is best?

And Lastly…... Be prepared:  remember the 5 x P’s


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