Presentation exercise

Please prepare a short presentation.

Start by sharing your screen. You can choose whatever topic you want - it can be either something for business or professional or it can be a topic that you want to share - a holiday, a hobby, an interest or anything that you know about and want to share. You may use pictures / photos, slides or any other internet tools you feel comfortable with.

6 steps to a successful online presentation

  1. KEEP IT SIMPLE!
  2. Prepare your own image and background carefully.
  3. Use visuals and screen sharing wisely.
  4. Consider and relate to your audience.
  5. Be positive - smile whenever you can and even tell a joke or an anecdote.
  6. Be confident with your technology.

Here are some ideas for your presentation:

Presentation techniques, terms and vocabulary and structure:

Steps in Preparing a Presentation  

Presentation Sructure:

Total presentation time about 15 minutes:

1) Opening / Introduction - ± 30 seconds

Start with a greeting:

Good morning...

Hello...

I am really pleased to see you here today...

Thank you for joing this meeting today...

2) Personal introduction - ± 30 seconds

Talk briefly about yourself
I am .....
I was .....
I have been ...

3) Outline of the presentation - general summary - ± 30 seconds
(optional)

Then a short outline of your presentation:

I will be giving you an outline of ....

I will be talking about ....

The presentation will take about .....

4) instructions for the audience - comments and questions - ± 30 seconds

(optional)

You are invited to make comments and ask questions on the chat while I am talking ....

If you want to ask any questions please wait until I have finished and I will be happy to answer questions at the end of the presentation ....

Please write on the chat with questions and comments while I'm talking ...

5) PRESENTATION ± 10 - 12 minutes

6) Q & A session - ± 1 - 2 minutes

For questions that you really don't want to answer in the open session of the presentation:

That's a really interesting point and I will be delighted to deal with it on a one to one basis so please send me a message or email 

Thanks for the question and I will get back to you on that point ....

7) Closing

To conclude: Thank you for your attention and if you have any questions, I´ll be happy to answer them. You can also ask the audience to ask questions during your speech by saying: If you have any questions during my talk, don´t hesitate to interrupt me/feel free to ask.

So I would like to once again thank you (thank you all) for participating in this presentation and look forward to meeting again soon.

Thanks for joining this meeting and I wish you well in these difficult times.

Finally I just want to say thank you  and that I am looking forward to our future cooperation.

Good Luck 😀 

Remember - 6 steps to a successful online presentation
  1. KEEP IT SIMPLE!
  2. Prepare your own image and background carefully.
  3. Use visuals and screen sharing wisely.
  4. Consider your audience.
  5. Be positive.
  6. Be confident with your technology.

Presentation Tips

Preparation

·        Practice, practice, practice (in front of a mirror or videotape yourself).

·        Practice in front of your English teacher (or a native speaker) to get feedback on grammar, pronunciation, etc.

·        Think of what questions listeners might ask and prepare sample responses.

·        Pretend you’re part of the audience and ask yourself if you’d be interested in the presentation. Make changes if necessary.

·        Ensure the presentation is the correct length.

·        Review visuals to ensure they are accurate.

·        Arrive early to familiarize yourself with where you're giving the presentation.

·        Prepare a handout in case you can’t access your slides.

·        Exercise before the presentation so you feel relaxed.

·        Don’t consume caffeine before the presentation; it could make you more nervous.

 Structure

·        Have a strong introduction that grabs your listeners’ attention. What’s in it for them and why should they listen?

·        In the introduction, state what the presentation will cover.

·        Have an introduction, middle, and conclusion.

·        Use signposts to guide your listeners.

·        In the conclusion, summarize the main points of the presentation.

·        Invite questions at the end.

·        Don't ramble. Stay on topic and talk about one thing at a time.

 Visuals

·        Limit the number of slides.

·        Limit the amount of text on each slide.

·        Don’t read your slides.

·        Use a large font size.

·        Don’t hand out a copy of your slides before the presentation.

 Language

·        Vary your tone of voice and sound interested in your topic.

·        Speak loud enough for everyone to hear you.

·        Don’t speak too quickly (which we tend to do when we're nervous).

·        Use the correct level of formality for the occasion.

·        Use simple words and grammatical structures if more complex words and structures are likely to give you trouble.

 Body language

·        Don’t show your back to your audience.

·        Don’t do anything that makes you look nervous (hand wringing, slouching, looking at the floor).

·        Make eye contact with individual people in different areas of the room (look at the tops of people's heads if you are nervous).

·        Move away from the podium.

·        Stand up straight.

·        Smile.