What is an oral presentation?Oral presentations are brief discussions of a focused topic
delivered to a group of listeners in order to impart knowledge or to stimulate
discussion. They are similar to a short paper with an introduction, main body, and conclusion.
1. Prepare for a 12 minute presentation followed by 5 minutes for questions and discussion, unless you requested more time or are part of a panel organized by your instructor.
2. Aim your presentation to intelligent people who may not have background in your field.
3. Prepare and practice your presentation. Remember you are the expert in your topic and you may know more than you can say in a short time, so:
4. Visual aids (PowerPoint slides, maps, photos, film clips, graphs, diagrams, and charts) may help enhance your presentation. Be sure to:
5. Practice does make perfect!
6. Backup plans are essential!
Things can go wrong, prepare for that eventuality. For example, internet connectivity can be down for a short while...just as your presentation starts. So, have a plan B ready!