How to Prepare for Presentations
You’ll have several presentations to make throughout college, and the prospect of public speaking combined with academic stress can terrify students.
Here are some tips for presentation preparation:
Use a Skeleton Script
You’ll want at least some sort of game plan before your presentation, but don’t put all your faith into a script. Memorizing lines takes time and can leave you with a stiff and robotic presentation. Make a loose script instead, one that highlights essential talking points but leaves space for improvisation and more causal dialogue. This will leave you more prepared for any mishaps or interruptions.
You’ll only be able to improvise if you practice your presentation, so give it a few run throughs and make changes that help the presentation flow the best it can. Feeling comfortable with the material shows when you speak and allows you to answer questions. Over-rehearsing is a waste of time, but practice at least a couple times so you don’t go in blind.
Prepare for Questions
Your presentation isn’t over when you make your final statement, so prepare to field questions from both the professor and your classmates. Being comfortable with the material makes answering questions far less stressful. Do your best to predict the questions that’ll be asked. This will help you answer them with confidence and accuracy, winning you more points with the professor and impressing your peers.
Adding audience engagement in the form of questions, digital surveys or interactive elements makes for more interesting and well-rounded presentations. Getting students interested in specific material and building their knowledge of it makes you look great and gives you a leg up if the assignment includes peer grading. Use engaging elements to convey themes efficiently, keep the professor interested and prove you understand key concepts on many levels.