Oral Presentations

In this page, you will find information to improve your oral presentations.

  • You need to adhere to the time limit. 
  • It is best to print PowerPoint slideshows as handouts, with 6 slides on one page. If you do this, your audience will probably follow your speech better, pay more attention and may take notes.
  • If you will give the presentation in a group, each team member must speak.
NON-VERBAL COMMUNICATION (including appearance)
A presentation is considered a formal event.  Appearance, posture and other means of non-verbal communication send a message to the audience.  Therefore, please dress and act formally (slacks, jackets, shirts, skirts; absolutely no baseball caps).  Presentation style and appearance are part of the informal evaluation criteria.

  • Take time to plan and prepare properly because it is always longer than you think
  • Find out who your audience is
  • Learn what your audience’s needs/concerns are
  • Keep organized
  • Practice, practice, practice 

    • Keep it simple
    • Use effective and relevant images
    • Use color contrast
    • Remember, YOU are the presentation, not your slides
    • If your slides are boring, you will be boring
    • Arrive early
    • Purchase your own equipment if possible
    • Test the equipment
    • Bring your presentation on multiple mediums (computer, USB, etc.)
    • Make eye contact with the audience
    • Never read your slides
    • Fear is natural - accept it and move on
    • Conclude your presentation with a summary