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ITC571 Research Skills Guide: Oral Presentation

Turning a written article into an oral presentation

Assessment Task 4, Final Report, Presentation & Blog Progress Report, requires you to present the results, findings, conclusion and lessons learnt from your project.

How do you distill this information into an seminar presentation?

Your lecturer recommends taking the following steps:

1. Make a plan for the seminar and include what is to happen before, during and after the seminar

2. Decide the format as this shapes your seminar plan.  A slideshow to a live audience requires room layout, available hardware, whilst a pre-recorded seminar needs audio/video recording software (VOPP), MP4, YouTube, etc.

3. List the resources needed.  A live seminar differs from that done online needing audio and video equipment.

4. Determine the purpose of the talk and the audience type so that you pitch the message effectively.

5. Seek support from your lecturer, peers or family and friends- the latter can be the audience for a trial run and feedback.

6. Describe the key message and the points you want to make and select any tables or diagrams to illustrate those points.

7. Be confident/convincing/entertaining as you are the expert on your topic.  What are the examples or findings from elsewhere that you can offer as proof of the points you are making?

8. Write concise notes for each slide, but do NOT read out each slide.  Rather, use each slide as a prompt for speaking.

9. Write a timeline for the talk, by counting the number of slides, making sure that they are brief and determine the pace and timing of your talk, by setting a benchmark, e.g. 20-30 seconds per slide.

10. Practice and time the presentation for fine-tuning.

Books on Giving oral presentations

Giving Oral Presentations

Tips for Virtual presentations

Avoid Death by Powerpoint

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