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How do I get started on my presentations?
- Consult your course outline to determine the specific criteria for the presentation.
- Determine what the purpose of the presentation is (to inform, teach, discuss, convince, or demonstrate your knowledge, etc.)
- Check how much time is allotted for the presentation.
- Establish who your audience is and consider how familiar they will be with the subject area you are presenting.
- Gather information keeping purpose and audience in mind.
- Determine how marks will be allocated for the presentation, and if a rubric has been provided, review it frequently to ensure you’re meeting the project requirements.
How should I structure my presentation?
- Check to see what guidelines your instructor has provided about their expectations.
- Presentations usually have three basic sections: the opening, the body, and the conclusion.
- Open the presentation by establishing the topic and its relevance.
- The body of the presentation can be organized many ways, such as chronologically, topical grouping, question and answer, or journal article format.
- The presentation should have a logical flow from one idea to the next.
- The conclusion ties the presentation together with the main idea the audience should take away.
How do I effectively use visual aids?
- Slides, images, videos, charts, graphs, etc. can be beneficial when used effectively.
- Slides are there to emphasize your oral presentation; do not put everything you are going to say on the slides.
- Use clear headings that alert the audience to key concepts.
- Ensure all images, graphs, charts, and videos are relevant and necessary.
- Try the 6x6 rule: limit slides to 6 or fewer words on 6 or fewer lines of text.
- Make sure text and background colours are compatible and legible.
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