Understand your subject so that you can work from highlighted notes rather than a script. This allows you to look at your audience rather than at a sheet of paper. MS Powerpoint allows you to add running notes to your presentation.
When using presentation software like MS PowerPoint it is easy to overdo things so:
Your Powerpoint presentation should help the audience to understand your message - it should complement what you say rather than compete with you for attention.
Handouts can be distracting and should only be used when they add something to the presentation.
Practice your presentation out loud and in the way you intend to present it (standing or sitting). Speaking it aloud will give you ideas of timing and vocal techniques needed to put your point across. Rehearsing will give you added confidence and fluency.
While rehearsing you can annotate your running notes with timings to give you an idea if you are running to schedule. On a 10 minute talk, a note at halfway will give you an indication of your progress. For longer talks you may wish to add more timing prompts.
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