Presentations

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Presentations

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La Trobe University Library La Trobe Library

Presentations

Achieve@Uni
La Trobe University Library La Trobe Library

Presentations

Achieve@Uni

Giving presentations

Do this quick self check to get you thinking about oral presentations.

Self check

Do this quick self-check to get you thinking about oral presentations:

1. Oral presentations are easy enough
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Oral presentations at uni are often part of your assessments so it is important to take them seriously and prepare thoroughly for them.
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2. As long as I read from my notes I'll be okay.
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There are many things to think about when doing oral presentations. We need to think not only about the content of our presentations but also about how we present (voice, body language, etc), and we need to think about how an audience will respond to our presentation. Remember, your assessment task is unlikely to be asking you to read from notes.
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3. I like presenting on my own
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Some people actually quite enjoy presenting on their own and they may do well in assessment tasks that require individual presentations. However, at uni many oral presentations are done in groups.
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4. It won't take long to prepare for my oral presentation
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A good presentation requires careful preparation to ensure that the content is covered, all speakers are organised, visual aids are effective, and the audience is engaged. Don't underestimate the time it takes to organise all of this.
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5. I get really nervous speaking in public
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Many people hate public speaking. While we may never feel fully comfortable presenting to an audience, if we prepare well and allow sufficient time to practise it can help us to feel less anxious.
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Think about some of the good presentations you have seen. What made them memorable or good? Here are some important features of presentations:

What makes a good presentation?

VOICE

Spoke clearly, could be heard and did not speak too quickly.

BODY LANGUAGE

Presenter was confident- looked at audience (eye contact made), stood facing audience, did not fidget, used appropriate facial expressions (smiled, frowned, etc).

ENGAGED AUDIENCE

Possibly asked questions, addressed a particular member of the audience.

TOPIC

Did not drift from the topic. Main message/purpose of the presentation was always clear.

CONTENT

It was easy to follow what the speaker was saying because the content was organised in a logical way (beginning, middle, end).

VISUAL AIDS

Well produced, and used.

LANGUAGE WAS EASY TO UNDERSTAND

Jargon was avoided, pronunciation was clear and correct.