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Now you’ve thought about the purpose of your presentation, your key message and checked how you you’ll be assessed, it’s time to consider some of the practical aspects of your presentation …
… Like checking if you’ve been given any specific instructions and how long your presentation needs to be. For example, have you been asked to provide handouts and are you expected to leave time at the end for questions?
This is also a good time to make decisions about what to include and what you don’t need – keep your presentation concise and to the point.
One of the most important elements to consider is your audience. Your presentation needs to be clear, relevant and interesting to engage them – so it’s a good idea to think about how much they already know about your topic and decide if there are any aspects of your presentation that will need to be explained. Also think about what your audience might want to know about your topic and what they are expecting.
You may already know what message or information you want your audience to go away with; now you can focus on how you present your message in a way that engages their interest. If they’re interested they’re likely to have questions they want to ask; so be prepared to answer questions about your topic!
The venue for your presentation is another element to consider: if you’re not already familiar with it, go and check how the room or theatre is set up. Think about where to stand so that everyone in the room will be able to see you as well as your visual aids. And check if everyone will be able to hear you - if the venue is a large lecture theatre, you may need to use a microphone.
Another reason for checking the venue for your presentation is to make sure you know how to use the audio-visual equipment, for example to set up your slide show. You can also decide whether to use a USB presentation ‘clicker’ or pointer for your slides - this will allow you to move more freely around the room, to move between slides more easily and to direct the audience’s attention to what you want to focus on.
Taking care of the practical elements of your presentation will help you to deliver your presentation confidently, smoothly and professionally.