How to give a presentation: a summary

anthony_haynes bnu croppedOne of the services that FJWilson Talent Services offers is presentation training. From 24 September, we’ve published on this blog a series of posts by our presentation coach, Anthony Haynes.

Here we publish a summary of the series. It’s unlikely to mean much to readers who haven’t read the series, but will hope it will provide a helpful resource to those who have.

  1. Decide whether you wish to do things (a) the same way as other presenters or (b) better than them.
  2. Learn from observing other presenters.
  3. Focus, not on remembering script, but on communication.
  4. Avoid introductions consisting of self-indulgence or corporate/institutional blah.
  5. Tell a story, one way…
  6. …or another.
  7. Avoid using slides by default: only use them when optimal.
  8. If you do use slides, ensure you include visually impaired members of the audience.
  9. If you do use slides, avoid continuous upper case.
  10. If you do use slides, limit the text.
  11. If you do use slides, use a pale colour as a background.
  12. If you do use slides, avoid using headings.
  13. If you do use slides, prepare more than one version.
  14. If you do use slides, know when you need to stop talking.
  15. If you do use slides, rehearse the transitions between slides.
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