Creating a Presentation
Creating a Presentation
Where do you start?
Ideally – you would look at the projects you have enrolled in for the current year. Is there something in that project manual that interests you? Next try looking at your hobbies, what do you like to do, what have you done, how do you do it, what are you planning on next?
Once you have a topic, right down 2-3 main points that you would like other people to know about this subject. Try to stay with 2 or 3 main points, or it becomes to confusing to the listener. Now under each main point list what they need to know. For instance if you would like to show how to wash and elephant, your 3 main points and supporting ideas may be:
- scrub brush
2. Wash Process
3. Proper Skin Care
Congratulations - You have just created the body of your presentation.
How do you get your audience to listen to what you have to say? You create an introduction that lets them know why you want to share this information with them.
An introduction can be very simple. For example: “Good afternoon, I want to tell you about my elephant. I’m sharing this information because I love my elephant and want to make sure he is well taken care of.”
· Next tell them what you will be going over. “ I will be sharing information with you on how to feed, groom, and house train the elephant.”
Now you move into the body of your presentation that you already have put together.
Once you have finished the body of the presentation you need a conclusion. This is where you summarize what you have talked about. You want to leave the audience with the main points you want to get across.
· “ I have shared with you that the proper skin care for your elephant is very important for the pacoderm. I showed you some of the equipment you need, and the best techniques for scrubbing your pet, as well as some tips on obedience training. As you can see taking care of an elephant can be somewhat challenging, but very much worth it.
Other Communication Tips
·KKeep them simple and only what you need to get your point across. (for our elephant care – a bucket with all the cleaning equipment, set to the side until ready to be shown and demonstrated)
Keep them neat – set them out before you start in step-by-step order. Once you have finished with them, set them to the side. (Hint – Keep a towel and damp cloth hand in case you spill)
· Keep them simple – show only the main points
· Make them big – so you can read them from the back of the room
Remember the Design Elements – should be easy to look at. Remember some colors like yellow are hard to see from the back of a room!
Don’t re-introduce yourself!
Look the Part – be neat, no gum, clean and if you need special clothing (i.e. – aprons) wear them.
Speak Loudly and Clearly – this doesn’t mean yell, but the same people in the back of the room that want to read your poster, want to hear your voice.
Have “back-up” Information ready – if there is a time in your presentation that you are working on something, be ready to share other information about the topic – history, interesting trivia, funny stories.
· SMILE !!!
Look at your audience – Good eye contact keeps them looking at you
Repeat Questions – At the end or you presentation, when you ask for questions, be sure to repeat any question you are asked so that the entire audience will know what the question was before you start answering.
Don’t be afraid to say that you don’t know the answer to a questions, but be prepared to share where they could go to find the answer.
Have Handouts – This was important enough to share, give them information or samples they can take home.
· SMILE!!!! - You’re sharing information that interests you, show it!!
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