The more confident you are about your topic, the more confidently you will teach it.
Envision the goal:
- educate audience
- inspire their interest
- help them retain information (=entertain, interact, relate content)
- exhibit credibility (professionalism)
Know exactly what you want to say . . . WRITE your entire speech word-for-word . . . and then practice, practice, PRACTICE!
Turn on your webcam, stand up and give your speech to yourself.
Refer to your notes (but don't read your speech)
Repeat speech over and over and over and ...
Remember: Your PowerPoint is NOT the presentation ... YOU are the presentation!
(1) Tell them what you're going to tell them;
(2) Tell them, and then;
(3) Tell them what you told them.
Make the audience remember what you told them by getting them involved:
- ask them questions
- do an activity
- get them moving
- make them laugh
- make them think
- entice, entice, entice!
SIDENOTE: Be sure you know how to pronounce EVERY word you put on a
your PowerPoint . . . and know what they mean! If unsure, go to YouTube
and type in "how to pronounce "whatever word you are curious about."
Use sans serif font
Use color as a tool - not a distraction
Use bullets sparingly.
Font size should be at least 32 pt. to around 44 pt
Use a PPT as an aide, not something to read. Keep text at a minimum.
Use effective (and clear) visuals.
- Visuals are FREE - use as many as possible.
- Fill the PPT slide with the image so viewers can easily see it.
- Don't forget full slide detail shots, too!
Use blank screen to put the attention back on you.
- When you would like the screen to go Black, press the “B” key on your keyboard .
- To return to the presentation, press the “B” key again.
- To view a White screen, simply press the “W” key.
Check to verify all cords, computer programs, screens, etc. work together BEFORE the day of your presentation. Eliminate all worries to free yourself to focus on what is important.
Save your PPT in a variety of places to you know you have a file back-up if needed.
FACE the audience at ALL TIMES. (Do not keep your focus on the professor - move your eyes around the room).
Use eye contact.
Project your voice!
Inflect your voice!
Consider telling stories.
Pay attention to time.
Speak to us rather than read to us.
- Your eyes
- Your arms and hands
- Your body ... walk around!
Eliminate all gum from your mouth!
Don't be afraid to laugh.
BE YOUR confident, beautiful self!
Don't apologize for missing something ... your audience probably won't notice. Just keep your focus and flow and GO!
KNOW THAT EVERY PERSON IN THE ROOM WANTS YOU TO SUCCEED.
BE your passion ... others will feel it, too!
"Your visual aide should aide five aspects of your presentation: Clarity, retention, interest, professionalism and help reduce stage fright."