PREPARING YOUR ORAL PRESENTATION

First of all, think …

    Think about what you want to achieve:
    do you want to inform your audience, inspire them to think about your topic, or convince them of a particular point of view?
    Think about your audience:
    what background knowledge do they have about your topic? Do they have any particular interests? How are you going to involve them in your presentation?

Then …

    Brainstorm your topic and write a rough outline.
    Research your topic. Don’t get carried away—remember you have a limited time for your presentation.
    Organise your material and write a draft—think about the length of time you have to talk.
    Summarise your draft into points to write on overheads and/or cards.
    Plan and prepare your visual aids.
    Rehearse your presentation and get its length right. Ask a friend to listen and time you.

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