Preparing your presentation

Preparing your presentation

Presentation assessments require you to research a particular topic and then prepare and deliver an oral presentation on the topic. Some presentations are completed in a small group and require teamwork. Presentations are often accompanied by slides projected onto a screen, or shown as part of a video or online presentation.

The content of your presentation will be centred around your research of the  topic. For example, you may be asked to research a particular issue or a specific organisation, so you will need to read about that issue/organisation and collect relevant information. Then, the information will need to be organised and conceptualised clearly for your audience. 

A presentation follows the usual structure; it has an introduction, a body and a conclusion. In your introduction, outline what you are going to talk about, how your talk is going to be structured, and perhaps what you are intending to achieve with the talk. You can engage the audience and begin strongly by giving a powerful quotation, surprising statistics or information, or by asking a question.

In the body of your presentation, you should have clearly defined sections and evidence and examples. You may also have some tables, graphs or images as visual support material. You should deliver information step-by-step so that your audience can follow your ideas.

In your conclusion, recap the main points and reinforce the importance of your topic. You could go for a 'big finish' by inviting questions from the audience, or you can present some questions or issues to your audience to create further discussion. 

When people take things in by ear they need to be reminded of the direction your talk is taking, and how the major points link up.  Therefore it’s a good idea to repeat the main points, and summarise what you have said. Use devices like 'So, where do we go from here?',  'That brings me to my next point ...', 'So far, we've looked at....'.