Writing a paper is already stressful, especially if you are doing a research paper or even a dissertation. And what’s more distressing is the idea of making a presentation. You have to write it down, get only the important details and arrange it in a particular order in such a way that the ideas are connected to each other. Additionally, you have to come up with a concept to turn your presentation into an informative, compelling and fun way. Here’s how!
• Guidelines and Audience
Before anything else, you should know the requirements in doing your presentation. Each presentation might differ in other class because some instructors will allow you to present with only 3 minutes while others might request a much longer time limit. List the guidelines that can help you while writing your presentation: know how long the presentation will take or how long the speech is going to be, know how many points or topics are required or you to cover, and know if you need to cite sources or even add graphic representations.
Aside from having a guideline, you must also know your audience. If the paper is going to be presented to your classmates, then it is more likely that they have a little knowledge about the topic that you are going to discuss. That’s why it is important that you break your concepts into pieces and make it basic as much as possible. But if you are going to present to a faculty, then you must have at least an idea about their background to know their knowledge level.
If you are going to present in a facility that you have never visited before, it is best to ask for the things that is available for you to use. Know your resources and the things you will need to set up in advance. Always try to look for a computer and projector screen, a working WiFi connection, a microphone or a podium, and someone that can assist you in running the equipment before the presentation.
• Script and Visuals
Write a script and everything important that you are going to say during your presentation. But if you don’t want to put everything on the script, cue cards or note cards can be enough.
Design graphics that could help to make your presentation even better. It can improve the information in your paper and also helps your audience to recall the topic easily. If you don’t have an access to presentation software, like PowerPoint, then be resourceful and use card boards, printed visual aids, etc.
When it comes to delivering your speech, it is okay to be a bit repetitive. Make sure that you are giving emphasis only on important ideas and terms. Lessen the unnecessary details so that your audience won’t miss the important stuffs. Lastly, show the audience that you are excited to share them the knowledge of your paper. Even if you have a boring topic, you can make it livelier if you have passion.
• Practice, Practice, Practice
If you are very nervous on doing a presentation or if you have a stage fright, then it is important to practice beforehand. Practice your speech in front of your friends or family members. This can help you to know whether or not you reach the time limit, and also on how can you improve your style of delivering the discussion.
You can also choose to record a video of yourself while practicing. This can help you to see where you get nervous and the parts that you are very confident. You can also identify whether you are speaking loud enough to be heard in the entire room.
And lastly, when you are done with your presentation, take time to thank everyone for listening then ask them if they have any questions or clarifications to make.