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Presentation Skills: Top Tips & Study Tools




Top Tips

Checkmark in a box Know your subject matter.

Solid content is essential for a good presentation, so make sure you’ve done your research

Checkmark in a box Have all your materials organized.

 Your presentation will go much smoother if your notes and visual aids are easy for you to use.

Checkmark in a box Avoid the lecture.

Use visual aids, questions and activities to engage your audience.

Checkmark in a box Be aware of your non-verbal communication.

Stand straight, make eye contact with your audience, and smile. Avoid distracting behaviours, like chewing gum or fidgeting.

Checkmark in a box PRACTICE!

Be sure to go through your full presentation several times before giving it to your class. Do it on your own and with an audience.

Checkmark in a box Practice relaxing.

Practicing will make it easier to manage your natural anxiety during your presentation.

Checkmark in a box Prepare short speaking notes.

Try to write only the keywords or key points on cue cards so that you won’t be tempted to read.

Checkmark in a box Take your time.

Speaking slowly will help you avoid excessive verbal fillers (“ummm” or “ahhhh”).

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