Oral presentations are difficult. Not only do they involve effective verbal communication but they involve effective visual communication.
Watch the videos below. Which presentation is better and why?
Being able to express yourself well is an important part of presenting. There are a number of things you can do to improve your verbal communication:
Effective presentations are visually engaging both in terms of the Powerpoint slides or other visual aids used and the way the presenter engages with the audience.
Some simple things you can do in your presentation to make it more engaging for the audience are:
Your audience may also have questions about the points you raise in your presentation. Don't let questions fluster you:
TED is a nonproft organisation devoted to spreading ideas. TED host events where speakers are invited to present an idea in 18 minutes or less. TED talks are great examples of how to give powerful presentations.
This article in the Harvard Business Review by TED curator Chris Anderson gives you some helpful hints on how to give a great presentation. Or watch Chris' talk on TED's Secret to Great Public Speaking below.
Anderson, C. (Presenter). (2016). Chris Anderson: TED's secret to great public speaking [YouTube video]. https://www.ted.com/talks/chris_anderson_teds_secret_to_great_public_speaking
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