Some time last session, we were told to write a term paper which was accompanied by a presentation. Our lecturer grouped us for this assignment and we were given presentation dates. We researched and rehearsed as a group and on some days, it was annoying and frustrating because in a group work, there will always be the lazy and not so serious ones.
At the end of the assignment, which was my very first term paper and presentation by the way, I learned a few basic rules of presentation. Some people take presentations for granted and I’m going to discuss some tips that should help you during presentations.
1. A Presentation is a formal event: Appearance matters. Some schools like mine are not strict on dressing but regardless of this, one is expected to be formally dressed when making a presentation. My group chose to wear jeans and a black T- shirt for our presentation. We felt on top of the world that day because we were the only group that thought of a dress code. When we got on stage our lecturer actually commended our dress sense. We were smiling until she told us that presentations are formal events. Let’s just say that we weren’t feeling on top of the world after our presentation.
It doesn’t matter if you’re presenting in a classroom, an office or a large conference. You should be formally dressed. It helps people take you seriously.
2. If you ask for a Prop, make sure you use it: While presenting, make good use of props like the podium or the projector. Do not ask for them if they won’t be used because you would be judged accordingly.
3. Exude Confidence: Being confident and audacious during presentations gives off the air that you know your stuff. When you show that you’re confident, the audience is interested in what you have to say and this way, you are able to carry them along. Taking bold risks in presentations should not be avoided.
4. Add Spice: In a presentation, you should have a special piece and like my dad says at times, “that thing that gives you an edge over others”. What is that element of surprise? What is that thing that makes you different from others? Figure it out and add that special element to spice up your presentation.
5. Modulate your voice: My lecturer said “I don’t care what you know until I know that you care”. I don’t really know what she meant by that but she said it when talking about voice modulation. When presenting, make sure your voice is not too low so that your audience do not miss out on what you are trying to make them understand. At the same time, make sure your voice is not too loud so it doesn’t seem like you’re shouting. There’s a particular way in which you should pitch your voice when you’re asking a question, making emphasis and so on.
6. Every group is as strong as its weakest link: In the introduction, I mentioned that my presentation was a group work. Most times, when there is a group work, some individuals may be better than others and when presenting, the ones that are very good do great while the others who are not so good tend to make the presentation go downhill. Most times, that weak link causes the fall of the group. When working on a group presentation, always work according to your strengths and weaknesses. Make sure no member is left out, to ensure a beautiful and successful presentation.
In addition, every presentation works with content. When presenting, your content and your presentation should balance each other out so you don’t have issues like a wonderful presentation without content or so much content with a shitty presentation.
With these few points of mine, I hope I’ve been able to convince and not confuse you that…
GOLDEN PEN DROPPED (LOL)
Until next time loves,