Presentations

La Trobe University

Presentations

Achieve@Uni
La Trobe University

Presentations

Achieve@Uni
La Trobe University

Presentations

Achieve@Uni

Group presentations

Group presentations are great because you can share the workload and the presentation load.

BUT groups can also slow things down and lead to problems. Look at the section on team and group work for some more information on working in groups. 

Sharing the workload: 

1.Meet as whole group.

This can be difficult so think of strategies to help you in this. Setting up a Facebook page can help to overcome the issues of finding times to meet.

2. Brainstorm and allocate.

As a group brainstorm ideas and allocate tasks. An important part of group presentations is deciding who will do what. Check your assessment guide to see if all members of the group are required to speak or if you can choose.

Decide the order of speakers too. It’s usually a good idea to put the more confident speakers first and last.

3. Plan and work toward deadlines.

Ensure you have clear deadlines for group members so that tasks allocated in planning are completed in time to bring the whole presentation together.

  • Look for any overlap of material or any gaps. Overlap will need to be omitted and gaps will need to be filled.
  • Add transitions between the various sections, for example "Jamie told you about the target market for our product. I’ll now move onto our promotional strategies".
  • Ensure that formatting is consistent (font size and style, colours used, etc.).
  • Remember that the presentation must read as a fluent piece of work, not a collection of separate and unconnected ideas.
  • Time your presentation and remember that you are likely to speak faster if you are nervous when presenting, but also make sure you don’t exceed your time or you may be stopped and unable to present some of your material.
  • As a group you need to practise, practise, practise and practise some more. This will enable you to see how the presentation will look to the audience.
  • If there are handouts, who will distribute them?
  • Think about how the group will sit/stand while other group members are presenting. Pay attention when each member is speaking. You are a group presenting on one topic, not a bunch of random strangers presenting unrelated points on a topic. If this is how you present then your grade will reflect this.