Two students at front on classroom presenting a powerpoint

How to give the perfect presentation

This video details the different ways you can give a presentation and how to adapt your style to suit your audience. We cover four key factors which can help you give a great presentation. 

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[00:00:02] Jack: What makes a great presentation? Well, there are different ways to give a presentation. You might be formal and serious or casual and friendly. It depends on which style suits you in the audience. There are four key factors which can turn a good presentation into a great one.
[00:00:18] Paulina: Content. Are you covering everything you have been asked to talk about? Does the information suit your audience? Don't make it too easy or too difficult. Think about how you can help your audience to understand.
[00:00:29] Student: Some people memorise a script, while others find that focussing on the content, the points and order of information can help them cope better with any interruptions or changes. An example is if you have to stop and explain something in more detail,
[00:00:43] Jack: Delivery. Talk clearly not too fast or too slow, but don't deliver all the information at the same speed with no emphasis. Can you make it sound interesting or is this information important or useful. What examples or personal experiences can you support your points?
[00:00:59] Student: Check your pronunciation of technical or unusual words? Try not to turn around and read from your slides, use some prompt cards or angle the PC screen towards you so that you can face your audience.
[00:01:11] Jack: Body language. Use good eye contact. This will help your audience to engage with you sometimes picking three or four people in the room to look at regularly helps deal with nerves as it feels like you're talking just to them.
[00:01:23] Paulina: Use gestures to emphasise explaining your points. Try to make this as natural as possible. Watch out for nervous actions like touching your face or swaying from side to side and remember to smile.
[00:01:35] Student: And number four, practise. Stand up and speak out loud. This will help you get used to the content and the pace of the presentation. It will also improve your confidence. Get someone to watch you or use your phone to film yourself. Don't be overly critical. Most people dislike watching themselves, but not any places where you stumbled over words or nervous actions.
[00:01:59] Paulina: Lastly, be positive. Visualise the presentation being a success. If you don't find it easy, try to stop telling yourself that something will go wrong. The four key factors content, practise, body language and delivery can really help you build your confidence and help prepare you to deliver a great presentation. [106.0]