Presenter Tips

Top Ten Tips for Presenting at WASWUG

from WSIPC Educational Development

Prepare –

  1. Make a plan, find a lesson plan template (like a teacher) you can use, think about the process of chunking your presentation into small bits of information. When you break up a presentation into small parts it is easier for you to deliver.
  2. Think about when you first learned the topic or when you’ve helped someone else with the topic, and use that knowledge to anticipate what the attendees might find helpful. Knowing what questions might be asked helps you manage fears of the unknown.
  3. Use Connect to connect with folks who plan to attend your session. Find out what they’re interested in and their level of experience.
  4. Make sure the data you’re going to use is set up with the right examples and scenarios.

Practice –

  1. Practice in front of someone who knows your topic. Practice in front of someone who doesn’t know your topic. Make adjustments based on feedback.
    • Does it flow logically?
    • Are there any gaps?
    • Can you, and have you, made connections (if they exist) between each part of your presentation?
    • How’s your timing – is the presentation too long, or too short?

 Present –

  1. Become familiar with your presentation room before your scheduled session. Knowing the environment helps settle nerves.
  2. Involve the attendees by asking questions or for their experiences. Help them feel invested in the topic and content.
  3. If someone asks a question you don’t know the answer to, that’s okay but be willing to perhaps work with them to find the solution (after the session) or find a coordinator who can help.
  4. Always have your materials (PPT, documents, reports) on a flash drive for backup.
  5. Ask a friend or colleague to attend for moral support. If they know your topic, that’s a bonus and you can call on them as a resource (but only if you really need to, remember it’s your presentation).

Bonus: Smile, enjoy yourself, and connect with the attendees.

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