Quick Tips - The 3 P's of Effective Presentations
i) The Content
- The OPENING: include a "hook" to get the audience attention, possibly a brief description of who you are, an overview
- The BODY: make an outline of key points, interpretations, examples or evidence. Don't plan to think on the spot! Use visual aids sparingly.
- The CLOSING: recap main points and original purpose, leave them something to think about, thank audience
- The QUESTION PERIOD: Anticipate questions and prepare a response.
- Eat, drink modestly and sleep before a presentation.
- Arrive early to check space and equipment.
- Believe in your abilities: practice a positive attitude.
- Anticipate glitches and be ready for them.
- Rehearse aloud 3+ times: alone, using a mirror, with a friend. Is presentation within time frames?
- Be aware of your body language: stand tall; eye contact with someone or back of room; smile; use purposeful movement; good volume, pace, pitch, pauses.
- Become familiar with the technology.
- Use relaxation techniques while rehearsing. See Tackling Presentation Anxiety module.
"Tell ‘em what you're going to tell ‘em, tell ‘em, tell ‘em what you told ‘em."
- Follow your outline.
- Expect some "nerves". Breathe at the end of each sentence to relax your throat.
- During Q&A: Open with "What are your questions?" Listen carefully and repeat question to class before answering. Think before answering. It's OK to be honest with your limits of knowledge.
- Handle difficult persons calmly and politely: move on, or redirect question to audience.
Go to the Tackling Presentation Anxiety module for more strategies