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Planning your presentation

When you start planning your presentation, ask yourself the following questions:

Why are you doing it?

There could be a number of reasons including:

  • Introducing a topic at a seminar or tutorial
  • For an assessment
  • Presenting your research findings (from a group or individual project)
  • At an interview
  • As part of your extra-curricula interests, e.g. voluntary work.

What do you want to achieve?

Again, there could be a mixture of purposes including:

  • Explaining a subject or topic
  • Initiating a discussion
  • Demonstrating your presentation skills
  • Showing others how to do something
  • Persuading and convincing others.

Have you got what you need?

Make sure you have the information you need, such as guidelines from your school or module including:

  • How long should your talk last?
  • What format or presentation style should you use e.g. will MS Powerpoint be appropriate?
  • The equipment that will be available?
  • What level of prior knowledge should you assume your audience will have, and to what extent should you use subject-specific terminology with/without explanation?
  • What will your audience want from your talk?
  • Will there be questions afterwards?
  • If you are being assessed - what are the marking criteria?

Discussing the objectives
Discussing the objectives

Further reading

Practical strategies for  presentations

more Academic Support study resources

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