Giving Presentations in Class

A number of subjects require you to give presentations to the class. We ask you to give presentations, as when you are employed in the workplace, you will need to be confident in presenting your work to your colleagues or clients – and this occurs in the workplace by: speaking to groups of people in meetings; giving formal presentations to clients or colleagues; and attending a professional job interview where you are likely to be interviewed by a committee that usually has a minimum of 3 people.  Learning to organise information; presenting it clearly, concisely and confidently, and maintaining the interest of your audience is a skill employers look for when hiring staff. Tips for presentations include:

Using PowerPoint: 

  1. Watch this YouTube video for tips on creating powerful presentations, etc:
  2. Watch this YouTube video that provides a tutorial on how to use PowerPoint

PowerPoint Tips : 

  • Ensure text is large and can be read from a distance;
  • Ensure your background colour and text font colour do NOT clash – it is hard to read if they do;
  • Ensure all fonts are the same on every slide;
  • Ensure each slide deals with one aspect of your presentation
  • Your slides should not be cluttered – ensure text is summarised
  • Text presented in dot points is easy to read
  • If you use tables or graphs - keep them simple - spreadsheets, tables, etc that have many rows, columns, values etc are difficult for your audience to read and comprehend in a short time frame;
  • Make sure you have no spelling, grammar or typographical errors in your presentation;
  • Avoid "Death by PowerPoint” – keep the number of slides to a minimum or your  audience will become bored;
  • If you are quoting statistics or facts, include your full reference at the bottom of the slide – this gives the viewer confidence that your facts have been researched;
  • Test your presentation on a Smartboard – pretend you are the audience – are the above tips included? Can you read  and understand your presentation? Obtain someone’s  input who hasn’t seen it before.

Presenting Yourself:

Tips for presenting yourself and giving presentations are available on an example YouTube Video:

You should also: 

  • Prepare  your material in advance;
  • Practise, practise, practise!
  • Practise in front of your group and ask for constructive feedback
  • Film yourself or your group – use your phone/camera or a friend’s phone/camera to film yourself or your group. Watching yourself may be confronting, but you will see exactly how others will see you and your group, and you can correct poor body language and behaviours;
  • Ask Youself: 
  • Am I well dressed - my cothes are 'corporate' - they are ironed and clean?
  • Do I look good - is my hair tidy, are my nails and face clean? I have showered and am wearing deodorant? (remember: people sweat more if they are stressed)
  • Can I be heard clearly?
  • Am I talking loudly enough?
  • Am I mumbling?
  • Am I presenting my material concisely – and to the point?
  • I am talking too fast or too slow?
  • Am I rambling?
  • Can I use the technology properly? – can I flick through my slides using the remote hand held device and red pointer?
  • Is my presentation taking up the whole screen and on “Slideshow” mode?
  • Am I talking to material that is on the slide behind me – or I am talking about something else and confusing the audience? 
  • What is your body language? 
  • Am I standing up straight?
  • Am I looking at and talking to the audience?  Or I am talking to the screen, the floor or the wall?
  • Is my back to the audience?
  • Am I standing in front the the screen blocking the audience’s view?
  • Am I fidgeting (e.g.: wringing my hands together, playing with my hair, scratching my nose, looking at my shoes? crossing my arms? Are my hands in my pockets?)

Public speaking and presenting yourself well is required in all jobs and is valued by society. These are skills that will help you succeed in life.