What are your top tips for students delivering a presentation?
These would be my best tips:
Don’t memorise a script
It’s impossible to do this, but sometimes students want to – however, this way the student focuses more on remembering the individual words and sentences than on engaging with the audience. Instead, learn the headlines, and be flexible. Sometimes the words that come out of your mouth aren’t quite what you intend, but that’s fine.
And if you can’t be confident, pretend to be confident. Nobody can tell the difference.
Connect with your audience
Don’t talk at them, talk with them! Involve them, engage with them, ask them questions, make it interactive. You’ll be sure to have their attention.
Talk to the person at the back of the room
Even if it’s a really big room, make sure your voice (or the microphone) can easily get to the back of that room – you don’t want to let a great presentation down by not being heard.
Have a Plan B
If you’re using a computer, make sure you have a Plan B. So often in life, your technology will have a mind of its own just when you need it most. Make sure you’re prepared to go solo if you have to, whilst developing a presentation and performing it.
Be as Relaxed as you can
Just as with handling wild animals: don’t make sudden movements. Keep yourself relaxed, your body language natural, your head up, and your speech and movement confident and fluid.
There are also lots of places online where you can find more fantastic advice for giving presentations.