This week we went over what was expected of us in terms of our assignment. We were instructed that our presentation must be a digital presentation created with Microsoft Powerpoint.
It must number less than 4 minutes, Including a 1 minute Q&A. It should be any combination of text, images or video.The presentation should also include no more than 10 slides. In this sense it should be a teaser of what we have done, and not the entire project.
For the presentation, (and presentations in general!) it is important to tell a story. It is the development of a narrative that draws the audience in and makes for a great speech.
Well.. what is it?
To Begin With
The audience needs to know who exactly the presenter is, and why they are there. Introduce yourself! In return, the presenter should already know what the audience expects, and how they will react to the message.
Once we’ve introduced ourselves and engaged the audience, it is important to set the scene. Here is the first instance that we can bring our key message into play. There are three questions we may ask ourselves when determining how to set the scene:
- What are you going to talk about?
- Why is this of interest to the audience?
- Why are you in particular talking about this?
It is important to hook the audience immediately. We can do so by highlighting their need to hear what you have to say, by sharing a surprising number or statistic, or by delivering a short anecdote.
Practice these opening remarks!
The Main Message & Conclusion
Once we have set the scene, it is time to launch into the main part of our dialogue. Here we formulate our argument around our key message. There are two basic types of messages; informative, and persuasive.
With either of these messages, the key techniques are the same. You will need to :
Ask a question – make an assertion – Show evidence/explanation -> KEY MESSAGE
The more times you can do this, the stronger your argument becomes. Repetition can be a valuable tool in this scenario. When you have done so, try to bring your narrative back to the original questions asked at the beginning. In this way you can hammer home your key message. It is important to express your key message in one clear and succinct sentence. The audience must remember your key message above all else.
Use short sentences – descriptive, simple language is the best.
Engage with your audience – ask them questions, and be sure to make eye contact.
When answering questions, paraphrase the question first, to give you more time to think about it – it also allows you to compose yourself.
Practice! The number one most important part of presentations. Practice. Make sure you get your timing right. You can present to yourself or a friend out loud, or record yourself to sound what you hear like from a different perspective. Your pitch, rate of speech, race, and punch can be worked on using this tehnique – vital factors to keep the audience alive.
That’s all for this week, Hope this helps!
PowerPoint 2016-get it now with an Office 365 subscription. (n.d.). Retrieved April 15, 2016, from https://products.office.com/en-us/powerpoint
What’s your story? – The Ransom Church. (n.d.). Retrieved April 15, 2016, from http://theransomchurch.org/phill/whats-your-story-2/