Tips on Making a Successful Project Presentation
I started this website to help students and other people with their dissertation problems. Your dissertation might be finished but don’t forget the final presentation! You have to make your audience understand your dissertation and also to NOT make them go to sleep! Here are some thoughts that can help you with your final presentation:
- Organize the content of your presentation
The first step is to know the purpose and understand what you want to accomplish with this presentation. Once you have clearly defined the objective, then you can begin to do your research, make an outline or mind map, prepare any graphics and write your words.
Even though Aristotle was speaking about persuasive speeches having two parts, he later went on to say that most speeches have four parts:
This structure has withstood the test of time and can be helpful with the organization of the content of the presentation.
Above all it is important to remember that every part of the presentation concerns the audience. Never give a generic presentation. Personalize it, relate it to the news of the day.
- Don’t make your audience guess
It is good to follow the concept development from the beginning, step by step. However, your audience is looking forward to hear about your final solution. Don’t keep them guessing for too long.
- Make it plain and simple
The talk about telling a story is not a fresh approach. Explaining your product from the user perspective in simple narrative and pointing out the problem you are solving is a must.
- Talk is more important than slides
If you are listening to a good presentation, given by a solid presenter with confident and a clear message, you forgive that the slide design isn’t top notch. Sadly, it doesn’t work vice versa; a doubtful presenter with great slides will lose out to the showmen. Give your talk first to yourself and your dog without the slideshow couple of times and only after that make your PowerPoint.
- Don’t forget your collaborators
Present yourself and praise your co-workers, even if your team wasn’t a dream team and you had some hard time together. Be polite, and make your best appearance.
This is the most important thing to do. Because when you are enjoying, you are going to show confidence.