If you are committed to succeeding in college and want to build a strong career when you enter the job market, then you are going to need to invest some time to learn how to speak in public. Giving live presentations is an essential skill for any person who is serious about doing well in school and their job. But the question remains, why do so many teens and young adults shy away from this to the point they want to get rid of having to do them?
School presentations should not be a source of anxiety. Often, they are excellent opportunities to increase grades. Prior to even beginning the presentation read the criteria you must abide by. However, do not stay limited to the criteria. Ask the professor if you are free to expand upon the project and allow your creativity to shine. If there is no written instruction for the presentation take notes as the professor is speaking. Feel free to ask questions and propose possible ideas.
According to the professional speaker website Keynote Speaker, they suggest that you begin by creating a list of ideas and topics you want to discuss. Write down all ideas; do not begin refining the list until you have listed all ideas, great or small. The list is meant to help organize your thoughts while serving as an outline for a better organized project. Although you do not want to limit the possibilities, make sure your ideas are relevant to the topic.
If you are expected to speak in front of the class attempt to memorize all facts or lines. There is nothing worse than appearing unprepared. In addition, practice your public speaking skills. A common error that annoys professors and fellow students is when the presenter constantly reuses "umm." "Umm" makes one appear as if they do not know their subject material.
Do not appear scripted when giving your speech. Appear credible by remaining conversational and taking questions at the conclusion of the presentation. Keep in mind, the average retention span is very short. Do not speak continuously. Occasionally break up the monotony by introducing a different aspect of the presentation.
While speaking, have scenery in back of you suggests the speaking agency Motivational Speakers. Scenery could be as simple as a tri-fold board decorated with pictures. It could also be something as complicated as a self-made movie or slideshow. If your classroom is a smart room then attempt to create a powerpoint presentation or better yet, if you have experience with windows move maker attempt to create a movie with actual video footage and photos taken by you.
Both the powerpoint and windows Movie Maker project will look great on a large screen. You can even include audio in the movie; if you have time you can narrate your own video with a cheap microphone from stores such as Radioshack or Bestbuy. Burn the presentation to two disks (one to be used as a backup).
Allow the teacher to retain one disk to evaluate your work later on. In addition, upload the video to youtube, incase both disks do not work. If the disks don't work you can simply go online and present the video from youtube. Going back to the tri-fold board, I have seen people successfully include digital picture frames on their board.
However, the picture frames can be quite expensive and wreck a budget which is why you should always begin with a budget. Avoid excess costs. “Have material to distribute to the class” suggests Sean Adams of Motivation Ping. “Audiences love to feel involved and have aspects of the presentation they can touch.
Depending on the subject of the presentation you can distribute samples of food, literature, or even copies of your presentation”. Remember, the five senses are crucial. Sight, touch, taste, hearing, and smell. If you appeal to the five senses successfully then your presentation will be a great success.