By: by Lisa Li, PhD student of the Department of English, FAH │ ISSUE93 NOVEMBER MyUM
November is slipping away and many students face the prospect of making a series of class presentations. No worries! Review the following tips carefully and try out some of them in your next presentations.
First, know your audience and structure your presentation accordingly. It is important to know the interests and concerns of your audience so that you can deliver the appropriate and necessary content that caters to their needs. A well-organised presentation should have a logical flow in which you put forward strong and clear arguments: it showcases your professionalism, leaves your audience with an impression that you know the purpose of your presentation, and gains the trust of your audience.
Second, don’t try to cover too much material. Limit the number of slides according to the length of the presentation and pay careful attention to the size of the font. You don’t want to overload your audience by cramming in too much information. Focus on what’s important and leave out trivial details. It would be good to devote some of your presentation time to interacting with your audience. This interaction might include a simple activity, some short questions, or even just a show-of-hands. These could bring about a productive conversation instead of plain, one-way communication.
Finally, some collaborative presentation tools would be helpful in this day and age when we cannot live without technology. I personally like Google Presentation and Prezi. The former allows presentations from PowerPoint and Keynote to be uploaded and edited within the Google Presentation programme. In addition, it is a collaborative tool and up to 20 people may collaborate simultaneously to create a presentation. The latter is a free online tool that can be used to create and share presentations, and it is designed to make your presentation more eye-catching.
Keep calm and carry on with your presentations! Giving an effective presentation is a skill that takes time to master. Good luck with the rest of your semester!
Contributions to this column are from the Department of English, Faculty of Arts and Humanities