15 tips for giving a presentation
Giving a presentation, workshop or lecture is always exciting, especially when you have to speak a foreign language. At AEEE the conference language is English, although we have presenters and participants from many countries.
For most of them English is not their main language, so we do not expect that their English is perfect, we suggest you do not let your presumed lack of English stand in the way of sharing your knowledge.
Tips for giving an interactive presentation, lecture or workshop (Entrepreneur Network, 2017)
Click on a tip to see details for that tip. For a complete overview, see our manual.
- Preparation (before filling out the application)
- Preparation (after approval of your contribution)
- Recognize that the space is part of your contribution
- Start Strongly
- Use PowerPoint properly
- Create a conversation (not eligible to a lecture)
- Keep it Simple: Concentrate on your Core Message
- Smile and Make Eye Contact with your Audience
- Tell Stories
- Use your Voice Effectively
- Use Body Language
It has been estimated that a great part of communication is non-verbal. A very import form of non-verbal communication is body language. Body language may reveal more than our carefully chosen words, and sometimes be at odds with them. Since much if not most of the nonverbal signalling and reading of signals is automatic and performed outside our conscious awareness and control, through our nonverbal cues we unwittingly communicate a great deal of information about ourselves and our state of mind. The gestures we make, the position in which we hold our bodies, the expressions we wear on our faces and the nonverbal qualities of our speech - all contribute to how others view us (Mlodinow, 2017). Make sure that you are giving the right messages: body language to avoid includes crossed arms, hands held behind your back or in your pockets, and pacing the stage.|
Make your gestures open and confident, and move naturally around the stage, and among the audience too, if possible!
- End strongly
- Create question time
- Relax, Breathe and Enjoy
- Get some coaching
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