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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)
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  • Preparation (before filling out the application)
  • Preparation (after approval of your contribution)
  • Recognize that the space is part of your contribution
  • Start Strongly

  • The beginning of your presentation is crucial. You need to grap your audience's attention and hold it (Skillsyouneed, 2017).
    Although participants sharing their knowledge with participants your audience want to be entertained. And you will only have a few minutes in which your audience decides whether you are entertaining or dull. And when they decide you are dull, you loose their attention and your valuable knowledge will not reach them. You can start with referring to an actual item, a compelling quote, a great story, a stunning statistic, a funny anecdote or even a (provocative) question. Whatever you do, bes ure you get their attention.
    And only when you have your audience's attention you can introduce yourself and your topic.
    • Referring to an actual item: A social or economic actual issue can draw the attention of your audience. Remember all participants have an economic background.
    • A compelling quote: Referencing the words and thoughts of an expert in relation to your message is useful for establishing an overarching theme or general idea about the topic (Bigfisch Presentations, 2017).
    • A great story: We all have stories and therefore we like stories. By starting up with a storie you connect with your audience.
    • A stunning statistic: Statistics can be boring. However, when used correctly, statistics can be very effective in illuminating your topic. The key is to use very clear, accurate and relevant information in order to truly engage your audience (Bigfisch Presentations, 2017).
    • A funny anecdote: Humour is extremely powerful and is often used effectively. A good joke can loosen up your audience and make them more receptive to you as a person as well as to your message.
    • A (provocative) question: A question is an excellent tool for jump-starting audience engagement. A question makes the audience think for themselves about a topic that you control. When the question is provocative you will be directly into the minds of your audience. And a simple "How's everyone doing?" opens up a forum of sorts for the audience, empowering them and making them more receptive to your message.

    Do not think that your audience automatically pays attention because they choose your contribution based on the subject!

  • 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
  • End strongly
  • Create question time
  • Relax, Breathe and Enjoy
  • Get some coaching

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