There’s more to giving a great presentation than a dozen or so well-designed PowerPoint slides. Of course, it is helpful to have attractive visuals that can help you get your message across, but what else can you do to really make an impact on your audience?
Here are four helpful tips on how to give a fantastic presentation:
Content: Stick to the point
Content will drive your presentation, but make sure it is relevant to your overall message. It’s easy to get enthusiastic about the sheer volume of information you may find through research. However, not all of it is necessary, despite how interesting the details may be. For example, in a presentation about earning a master’s degree in the United Kingdom, data on the rising number of Indonesian undergraduate students in Europe would be irrelevant. So, remember to stick to the point!
Structure: Get organized
Once you’ve done your research, it’s time to present all that (relevant) information in a structured and cohesive manner. Just like an essay, your presentation should have a main topic that is then reinforced by supporting ideas and examples. Next, organize everything into parts. We recommend dividing the presentation into three main segments: an introduction (explain what you will cover in the presentation and state the main topic), a body (the largest portion of the presentation where you present your supporting ideas and examples) and a conclusion (to review, re-state your main topic and wrap things up).