How to make great presentations.
At some point we all have to do a presentation and that is certainly true for students today. They are presenting projects all the time and the question is; how to do this without boring your fellow classmates! How much of your presentation will your audience remember and understand? Here are some easy rules and websites to explore.
- Be Entertaining – Speeches should be entertaining and informative
- Slow Down – Nervous and inexperienced speakers tend too talk way to fast.
- Eye Contact – Match eye contact with everyone in the room
- Don’t Read – This one is a no brainer, but somehow PowerPoint makes people think they can get away with it.
- Speeches are About Stories – If your presentation is going to be a longer one, explain your points through short stories
- Have Fun - Sounds impossible? If you have fun the audience will have fun too.
- What is the big idea you want to leave people with? If you were to ask them after the presentation, will they remember?
- Create Twitter-like headlines, easy for you, easy for your audience.
- Create a list of three main points. Makes the presentation more manageable for you and your audience.
- If possible no more then 5 minutes! 15 tops!
Watch this presentation by a 6th grader. And answer the following questions:
- What is his passion, how does he present. What kind of tools does he use. Can you apply any of the above points to his presentation?
- Make a presentation of your own. Find a topic that really interests you. It does not have to be school related. It should be between 2 minutes. Your Power Point (if used) should be limited to pictures and/or graphs.