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Merriam Webster states:  presentation is a form of public speaking and sometimes the two terms are interchanged. However, in business practice, presentation usually means  presenting your point of view on a subject orally, formally and with preparation. A presentation may be to inform, argue out your case or persuade.

Great Presentations: Tips From Great Presenters

Answer these questions and think about the answers

Am I passionate about my message?

Could I speak without notes?

Do I have something really important to say? 

Do I need to use PowerPoint or a visual or can I go live?

Do they focus on my slides or me?

Can they see what I’m showing?

Can I say it with fewer words? 

Are my slides well designed… or just decorated? 

The Right Delivery

The Right Delivery: It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing.

All your great work on content, design and structure don’t mean a thing if no one sees it. Presentations aren’t merely documents or files; they are an experience shared between a presenter and their audience.  A great presentation is only as good as the delivery, both by the presenter and by the presentation technology they use. 

Delivery refers to both how the Presenter delivers the presentation and what platform the presentation is delivered on. 



4 Elements of a good Presentation

4 key elements:

  • Content
    • Design
      • Structure
        • Delivery

The right content

The Right Content: Every presentation needs to start with the right content.

  •  Have a clear message. Make sure you know what you’re trying to say.
  • Support your message with facts. Facts can be data, survey results, testimonials, photographs or personal experience. Supporting your message gives you credibility and engages the audience on a deeper level.
  •  Edit your content, Make sure you only use what you need, what’s relevant and what you can support.

The Right Structure

The Right Structure: Everything in its place, both in the presentation and out.

Presentations are stories told in time, as as such they need to have a beginning, middle and end.

Presentation structure needs to be structured with the audience in mind. A great presentation is targeted to its audience, both in terms of message and content. 


The Right Design

The Right Design: Everything designed for clarity and consistency.

  • With presentation design, there is often a confusion between beautiful design and effective design.  Effective design makes your content clear, leads viewers along the path of your argument or story and reinforces your information. You just need to have a clear idea of your message, your audience and your delivery.
  • Just as you need to edit your content, you need to edit your visuals. Too much visual information is just as bad as too much data or a story that goes on and on. Eliminate any visual elements that don’t reinforce your message.

Library Media Specialist

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Nancy Green
Timberlane Regional High School
36 Greenough Road
Plaistow, New Hampshire 03865