Tips for Oral Presentations

Tips for Giving an Effective Presentation


  • Content—Spend sufficient time learning your subject, exploring your topic, and generating ideas (prewriting).
  • Organization—Organize your ideas logically into introduction, body and conclusion.
  • Notes—Use notecards and keep notes brief to avoid reading.
  • Practice—Effective delivery requires practice.


    C onversational Quality

  • Enthusiasm—Demonstrate your positive attitude and interest in the topic through your voice and facial expression.
  • Eye Contact—Maintain eye contact to increase credibility, gain audience interest, and get nonverbal feedback.
  • Clarity—Speak clearly and use language appropriate to your audience.

    Body Language

  • Posture and Movement—Good posture and movement convey self-confidence, professionalism, and credibility.
  • Gesture—Keep gestures natural and avoid repetitive motions; use them to emphasize points and keep the audience’s attention.

Visual Aids:

   Visual Aids should be…

  • Large enough for all audience members to see.
  • Positioned so that all audience members can see them.
  • Simple and easy to understand.
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