Presentations

Presentations are nothing to be scared of! There are a lot of ways of presenting your work: just remember to be calm and positive. No one is rushing you – the most important thing is to be prepared with the time that has been given to you.

Find out what the goal of giving the presentation is; what technology will be available; who and how large is the audience, and how long you have to speak for

Prepare prompt cards for you to use as reminders and help you talk more naturally instead of reading from a script

Practice giving the presentation to friends under timed conditions and be open to their feedback!

Visual aids – consider whether you will be using visual aids and if so, when you are going to give them out to your audience.

Familiarise yourself with the room you will be presenting in and arrive early to get the technology set up

Title – make sure it’s clear and relevant

Introduction – Introduce yourself; state the topic, aims or purpose of the presentation and provide an outline of the discussion

Main body – Make your case as you would with an essay; support your views with reasons and evidence; keep it clear, concise and direct

Conclusion – Restate the main points, develop some concusions and review the implications, then bring it to a clear end 

Questions – Leave enough time at the end of your session for the audience to ask you questions

Top tips on delivering a presentation

  • Smile!

  • Make eye contact with your audience

  • Talk more slowly than normal and pause for breath between points

  • Vary the tone of your voice to keep it interesting

  • Use your body language to emphasise points and appear confident

  • Use prompt cards to help you talk more naturally

  • Try and interact with your audience if appropriate to show you value their opinion

How did your presentation go? It’s important to evaluate your presentation in order to build your confidence and continually improve each time. Consider some these points:

 

  • What went well?

  • Did your audience seem interested?

  • Were there any aspects you feel that you didn’t communicate very well?

  • Did you feel nervous at any particular points and if so, why?

  • What did your assessor or peers say in their feedback?

  • What three improvements could you make to your next presentation?

Here are some online poster making suggestions, put together by the University’s Learning Technologies Adviser, Fiona Macneill:

http://www.easel.ly/

A very nice site which has some data visualisation tools built into it. It has some restrictions in terms of what you can do with the design elements, but it is fairly versatile. You can use any of their starter themes, or you can also start with an entirely blank canvas if you prefer.

http://prezi.com/

Prezi doesn’t have to be all about moving graphics, as you can also use it to create static posters. Even though it is moving, it can equally used more like a poster.

iWork beta – Pages or Keynote

If you have an iCloud.com account (which you will likely have if you have an iPhone, iPad or Mac) you can make use of Pages (like Word) or Keynote (Like Powerpoint) for free. This is nice because it gives you shareable links for your work. There is no reason why you couldn’t make a one slide presentation and tick it out like a poster!

Please note: this will only work in Chrome, Safari or Internet Explorer

Google Drive

There is a drawing tool in Google Drive which can be used effectively for online poster building. Here is a nice template to give you an idea of what is possible: https://docs.google.com/previewtemplate?id=1RIyUdeVIRsqr5aSlANUMxTSFjIULEXi2c5FPyVlnHPE&mode=public

If you have an iPad or iPhone: 

Phoster

Phoster is a fabulous app for making posters. Sadly, at £1.49, it isn’t free, but it is something that you’ll use again and again and it very simple to use. You can share your final posters to Flickr or Instagram save them to your camera roll and then publish them via iCloud or via a dropbox account (or another online sharing option).

Also as most of these services are American, so you will need to add in the A1 dimensions in inches when you set slide or canvas sizes. A1 is 23.39 x 33.11 inches.


Footage from a Moving Image presentation at the Towner Gallery

Study Skills Workshop on presentations and group work

Downloadable Resources