CHAMPION STRATEGIES – MAY 21st – The Best Presentation Tips for Students
1. Arrive Early And Be Technically Prepared
Get to the room early and make sure you leave plenty of time for technical set up and technical difficulties. Have several backup drives (including an online version if possible) so that you are prepared for anything!
2. Know More
Be educated on more than just what you are sharing. That way, you can add points, speak candidly and confidently, and be prepared to answer any audience or teacher questions.
3. Share Your Passion With Your Audience
Connect with your audience by showing that you are passionate about your topic. Do this with the right tone, eye contact, and enthusiasm in your speech.
4. Pace Yourself
When student presenters are nervous, they tend to speed up their speech. This can be a problem, however, because your speed may be distracting, hard to understand, and you may run under your time.
5. Rehearse Thoroughly
Don’t just practice, rehearse your college presentation. Rehearse the entire delivery, including standing up, using gestures, and going through the slides.
6. Show Your Personality
You don’t need to be professional to the point of stiffness during your college presentation. Don’t be afraid to show your personality while presenting. It will make your presentation more interesting, and you will seem more approachable and confident.
You can’t be 100% certain what will happen during your presentation. If things aren’t exactly as you expected, don’t be afraid to improvise and run off script.
8. Pump Yourself Up
Get yourself excited and full of energy before your college presentation! Your mood sets the tone for your presentation, and if you get excited right before, you will likely carry that throughout and you’ll make your audience excited about your topic as well.
9. Remember To Pause
Pausing not only only prevents filler words and helps you recollect your thoughts, it can also be a powerful indicator of importance within your presentation.
10. Create “Um” Alternatives
Try hard not to use filler words as they make you look unprofessional and uncertain. The best alternatives to “um” “like” and “so” are taking a breath or a silent pause to collect your thoughts.
11. Using Your Hands
Using your hands makes your college presentation more interesting and helps to get your points across. Point at the slide, use common hand gestures, or mimic a motion.