1. Stand where the audience can see you and your visual aids
2. Use visual aids to illustrate your points
Make sure you know how to operate any visual equipment before you start
Any slides should support the spoken presentation - Highlight key points, but don't overload
Save a hard copy of your presentation in case of any technical problems (this happens a lot, so have a backup plan)
3. Speak clearly and loudly enough so that everyone can hear
Slow your speech down - there’s a tendency to speak more quickly when nervous
Use pauses to allow yourself time to gather your thoughts and for the audience to catch up
Use language appropriate to your audience – avoid being too technical or patronising
4. Rehearse as much as possible, and remember to time yourself
Practise in front of a friend or a mirror. This can help build your confidence in your material and help you with your timing.
5. Try to relax, smile and be positive.
Avoid fidgeting or fiddling with hair, clothing or jewellery
6. Make eye contact with your audience in a friendly way
Take in all the audience as you speak
Be careful about telling jokes – not everyone may appreciate your sense of humour
7. Know your presentation well enough to be able to use prompt cards
Do not read your presentation - the audience can do that for themselves and it can sound very wooden (and boring).
Use prompt cards if necessary, but don’t read from a script.
8. Prepare a strong start and finish and remember to smile
End your presentation with a closing message that you want the audience to remember
Hand-outs are a great way for them to remember you after your presentation