As the school journey progresses, many students find themselves confronted with the famous “oral presentations.” And yes, the famous ones! The ones that haunt us for days before D-Day, the ones that tease us, the ones that push us to do everything but speak in public… Who has never had a beating heart when Professor “You’re going to have to go oral,” who has never looked for the eyes of his comrades without finding a hint of hope?
It is true that in France, the school career is often tinged with the oral presentation without ever finding favor in the eyes of the students. Why? Because it is still seen as a test for each student. A test that is tetanized, but that must be overcome. However, if I told you that with proper preparation, it could be easier to understand. If I told you that with a little training, you could manage to present a subject without too much liquefying. Would you be ready to listen to me?
If the answer is yes, you’ve made the right choice. So let’s start now!
1. Prepare your topic well
To begin with, a successful oral presentation starts with a good command of the subject. To master his subject implies, therefore, to appropriate it. How to do you, would you tell me?
Start by working on your topic with a particular appeal to it. Try to find interest by going to watch videos, movies, reading books, articles. No matter where you look for the information (making sure it’s official) as long as it interests you and allows you to appropriate the subject, continue.
Also, working on your topic, working on the plan, and prioritization. The more your topic is prioritized and well-conducted, the easier it will be for you and others to follow the presentation. A highly hierarchical subject implies a good understanding and apprehension of the subject. Once you have finish this step, you can proceed to the next step.
2. Making a PowerPoint
A PowerPoint (or PP for intimates) is the undeniable tool for a successful presentation. The oral is fine, but the visual is even better. So when the two are together, it is the apotheosis for the aha spectator. So work your PowerPoint so that it gives the information to remember. Here are a few tips:
The title: it must be clear and attractive. I mean, it has to be attractive to the reader so that the reader can quickly understand your topic. Thus, find a formulation that is simple, clear, and understandable.
Slides: Slides, on the other hand, should be clean and not overloaded. You can put images and chips (arrow, dash, dot, etc.) so that this allows the fluidity of the visual nevertheless avoided to put too much because it can very quickly become incomprehensible. Also, regarding colors, choose colors that are neutral or light enough like pastel to make it easier to see. Avoid too dark or bright, aggressive colors.
Animations: with PowerPoint, you can add small animations to your slides to give a little rhythm to your presentation. It can be interesting if you know how to master them. However, don’t abuse it, or it’s “Too Much,” and your teachers may not be convinced.
3. Prepare for the oral
Once you have completed your PP, you will only have to revise your subject using your visuals. Repeat your presentation several times, even if you have to do it in front of friends or your family so that they can also tell you what they think.
Similarly, to be more convincing during your oral presentation, your statement must be clear. You must clearly state your subject with a relaxed gesture. Feel free to make small jokes to relax the atmosphere and look your viewers in the eye. Your audience needs to feel that you’re all watching them so that they feel included in your presentation.
For that, feel free to sweep the room from time to time with your eyes and stop at some people. The more you do that, the more people will listen to you because they will feel involved.
4. De-stress the stress
Finally, I would advise you to relax before your presentation. Try to take some time for yourself and clear your head. Do things you like, and don’t think too much about the aftermath; it will happen soon enough, so enjoy your little moment. You can chat with your friends, listen to music or why not nibble a little something before the big moment.
Finally, belief in yourself, believe in your abilities, if you have followed all the steps well, and you have worked well, there is no reason for it to go wrong. Especially since, in the majority of cases, oral presentations are going well. So say, “Everything will be fine.”
Note: For me, to avoid too much stress, I tend to go first. That way, I only have to make my presentation and get back on my chair when it is finished. So, no more panic when you see the other bands’ past.