How To Give A Good Presentation In College – Many students find giving presentation difficult due to certain reasons. There is no reason to be scared when you have a college seminar to present instead, you should see it as an opportunity to dish out what you know and have learnt so far.
College like we know is a place that prepares you for the real world and so the practice of conducting college seminars is to teach students how to relate what they know to the public and with charisma too.
Colleges use presentation as an avenue to test students’ ability to speak in public and manage a stage. College seminar is not as difficult as many have termed it to be. College seminar is all about proper preparation and then presentation. If you are well prepared, then you are good to go.
College presentation is a good way to sharpen your understanding and knowledge of your course of study and with this, you will be able to defend you career in anywhere you find yourself. Most colleges do this to see how far you have been grounded in the course study and how well you can represent.
If you go for a college seminar not well prepared, your presentation will not go well as it will be disorganized, unclear and lacking depth. A good presentation is one that carries the audience along and relates a clear and understanding topic or knowledge. If your audience are not following or getting what you are saying, then the purpose of your presentation is not being realized. You will have to carry your audience along as it will even help you to give a successful presentation.
It is normal to feel anxious and restless before and during your presentation but you have to try to keep your cool and relax your nerves so as not to give a shabby and unclear presentation. You will have to work on your anxiety to keep it in check before and during presentation. See the presentation as an opportunity to share your knowledge and experience in your field of study.
So in this article, we will be showing you some tips to help you in preparing for your seminar presentation and also giving your presentation to your audience. Remember that your audience really matters when giving a presentation so we will be teaching you how to capture their attention and get them to flow with you.
Without much stress, let’s proceed…
How To Prepare For A Good Presentation In College
You cannot give a good presentation if you are not well prepared. You will have to take your time in preparing what you have to deliver, from the topic you have to talk on to your manner of approach and introduction, all has to be in check for you to give a good and excellent presentation.
We will be looking at some tips in preparing a good presentation in college. So flow with us as we teach you how to get your audience to flow with you…
- Choose a good and interesting topic
You will have to choose a topic that is interesting and can draw the audiences’ attention. It could be a topic that you have passion for but make should it is what you can talk on perfectly.
The kind of topic you choose will determine how you will flow when giving your presentation. It can be short, précised and easy for your audience to remember. Let it be something that they can relate with real life and something that flows with the content of your presentation.
Choosing a good topic is the first step in delivering a good and resounding presentation.
- Understand the topic you want to present
You can’t perform well if you don’t understand the topic you want to discuss and also you audience won’t understand either. For you to deliver a good presentation, you will have to understand the topic you have chosen very well.
Every point you will be giving must be understood very well and this will help to make your college presentation interesting and fun. When you understand what you are doing, you won’t have a problem carrying your audience along.
Understanding the topic gives a confidence and motivation.
- Conduct an elaborate research
This is very important in doing any presentation in college. You will have to make your findings and this will also help you understand the topic very well. Conducting an elaborate research will help you get facts and findings about what you want discuss.
When you have conducted research on the topic you want to present, you become confident as you will be able to answer any question asked and your presentation will go very smoothly. Whichever topic you are going to talk about in your presentation, for you to give a good presentation, you must do a thorough research.
- Know who your audience are likely to be
You will have to consider who your audience are likely to be so that you can channel your presentation to carry them along. You know you won’t be talking to yourself and also this presentation is more like an assessment to grade you on how your work is and how you present it; so you will have to know who your audience are so that you can tailor your presentation to get their attention and interest.
- Gather materials for your presentation
You won’t want to come to the presentation venue without the materials you will be needing for you presentation, that will be your number one red flag. You will have to make sure you come with your complete materials for the presentation. As a college student that want to do a presentation in college, you will have to come with your laptop, slide, modem and any other additional material.
Using your materials for the presentation will surely boost your confidence and make your presentation easy and smooth as you must have been practicing with these materials and so you are already used to them. You wouldn’t find it difficult to handle them.
- Ask questions for clarification
Try to ask the organizers, seminar coach or adviser any question in case you don’t understand so that you will be clarified. This will help in your preparation for the presentation. The seminar coach or adviser might even ask you some questions to see if you really understand what you want to present and they might also questions that are likely to be asked during your presentation.
- If you are using a slide, let it be audience-friendly
You wouldn’t want to put too much irrelevant information in your slide and leave out the relevant information; this will keep your audience confused. Your slide should be easy for your audience to understand from what they are seeing.
In preparing your slide, you will have to make it easy to see, read and understand. The font you will be using should be large so your audience won’t stress their eyes to see what you will be showing them in the slide. You know they will want to read as you are explaining and so your slide so talk more on what your presentation is about and you can accompany it with pictures telling more about what you are talking about.
- Outline your sub-headings and points
Whether you are using a slide or not, you will have to outline your sub-headings and points as it will make it easier for you and anybody that will be reading what you want to present. It makes your explanation coordinated and understandable.
When you outline your sub-headings and points, it will be easy for you to focus on one idea or point at a time and it will be easier to carry your audience along especially when you are using a visual slide.
- Practice your presentation
You must have heard the saying that practice makes perfect and permanence. You wouldn’t want to get to the presentation ground and your presentation will be looking strange to you. Even if you did your research and arranged your work, you will still have to practice on your presentation.
You will look at how you are going to introduce the topic, how you would demonstrate, how you would capture your audience attention, how you would answer questions and also how you would conclude your presentation. Practicing will help you prepare for your presentation and give a good presentation.
You can ask friends, family members or any advance person to be around you when you are practicing so as to point out some areas that need improvement and you can also record yourself.
- Have good rest and eat well
You will need this especially a day before the presentation. It is normal if you feel anxious, loss of appetite or restless but you will have to manage it and be positive about your presentation. Don’t let fear envelope you and take time to rest; this will prepare your mind and brain for what is ahead.
You should also eat healthy meals so you won’t fall sick or get constipation especially a day before the presentation.
- Get to the seminar venue early
Getting to the location for the presentation is very good as you will be able to settle down before the presentation. You can even enter the auditorium if it allowed and see how it is set up. You can even do a little brush up and recap before your presentation.
You can get to the seminar venue 15-45minutes earlier than the presentation time as it will help you settle down and get prepared prior to the presentation.
- Dress well and smart
Your dressing has its own score and so you will have to dress well and smart. When you first enter the presentation room, what your audience first sees is your dressing and if you dress well, they will be willing to listen to what you have to say. Your dressing is your gateway to starting and giving your presentation so you have to dress well and smart.
How To Give A Good Presentation In College
We have looked at how you can prepare yourself to give a good presentation in college, now we will be discussing how you can give your presentation. We will be highlighting some tips to help you give a good presentation in college as a student.
Let’s move to the points…
- Introduce yourself and your topic well
If you do this wrongly, you are going to have a bad presentation so you will have to introduce yourself and your topic well and calmly. Let your audience hear what you are saying.
Tell your audience about yourself and briefly explain why you have chosen the topic or project you want to present; this will get their attention and make them want to listen to you.
Don’t bore them with your life stories and also talk calmly and boldly too. You can talk about your passion for your career and the project you want to present.
You can use visual aid in your introduction as this will help your audience get a picture of what you want to talk about but try to make your introduction précised and capturing, that is, let there be a little bit of suspense so your audience will be eager to hear what you have to say.
- Carry your audience along
You won’t be talking to yourself even though the project is for you, the presentation is an evaluation and so you will have to carry your audience along. Capture their attention and flow with them. Talk about what you have to present and don’t include too much stories.
Since you have considered the audience in your preparation like we have advised earlier in this article, this will make it easy for them to flow with you and what you are saying.
- Don’t be the only one talking, be interactive
Talking, talking and talking will make the presentation boring, so you can spice it up by being interactive though it still depends on your audience. So depending on the audience, you can decide to be interactive and chip in a question after explaining a point; this will keep them focused on what you are saying.
Don’t ask your audience too many questions so as not to make them uncomfortable; remember that you are the one doing the presentation and so most of the questions are for you to answer and respond to.
- Maintain eye contact when giving your presentation
Don’t just look into your paper while talking or read out what you are presenting without looking at the audience. While you are doing your presentation, you will have to maintain eye contact with your audience, this will make them focus on what you are saying and understand you better especially when you are demonstrating.
Maintaining eye contact with your audience will help you understand their reaction to what you are saying and know if they understand what you are trying to pass across to them. As you are talking, let your eyes move across the room and towards every audience seated, don’t focus on one direction.
- Manage your time
Presentations are always about time management and so you will have to give your presentation according to the time allocated for you. Do not exceed the time given for your presentation and that is why you have to practice your presentation as it will help you practice time management and usage.
If you are running behind time, try to round off and move to the question and answer section as this will help you explain more to your audience.
- Talk on the points
You must have outlined your sub-headings and points for your presentation and so you will have to talk on your points especially when you are using a visual aid like a slide. Do not go off the points of what you are presenting only if you want to buttress your explanation. Always stay on point so as not to confuse your audience.
Focus on one point at a time and explain it so that you audience will flow with what you are saying.
- Relate your points to real life situations
This is one way to make your audience understand your presentation better. Try to relate your points to what they are used to or what they already know before. It will help you give an excellent presentation and make your audience flow with you.
When you do this, you might even answer some of their questions without even knowing. Relating your presentation to real life scenario will make your audience pick interest in what you are saying and learn a lot from you too. It will also make your presentation interesting from start to finish.
For instance, you are presenting a seminar in demand and supply theory in economics; you can talk about the change in the price of a particular brand of a car resulting to a change in the demand for that brand of car. This will help them relate to what you are saying.
- Answer any question asked
You will have to respond to any question asked, this will show that you understand what you are saying and also make your audience understand better. Try to relate your answers to what you have in your presentation and you can also give additional information.
Before responding to questions, you will have to acknowledge the person that asked the question and even if they don’t ask you, try to bring up questions. In all you are doing, make your audience know that you have a good and sound knowledge of the project or topic you are presentation.
Don’t give a yes or no answer instead; you try to explain better to make them understand better.
- Speak with authority and be audible
You will have to be bold and try not to make your audience sense fear in you during your presentation. You will have to speak with authority and be clear about what you are saying.
Let your audience hear you even if they sit at the back of the room as this will show that you are good at public speaking and that you understand what you are doing and saying.
Try not to speak fast so that your audience can hear you clearly.
- Maintain confidence
Try to build and maintain confidence while giving your presentation. Talk and move with confidence and be in control of your body language. Do not panic or fidget when giving your presentation so that your audience will be able to hear you and get what you are saying.
You can move from one part of the room to another but try not to overdo this and also like we said earlier that you should maintain eye contact with your audience, this will help build your confidence too.
Even if you make any error while speaking or giving your presentation, try to keep calm and if your audience don’t get that you made an error, you can try to acknowledge your error and move on with your presentation.
- Be demonstrative
You will have to demonstrate when explaining your points; this will help your audience flow and understand what you are saying. They will also focus on you and demonstrating will make your presentation interesting too.
If you are using a slide or power-point, you will also have to demonstrate even while you are using pictures but do not let your demonstration be a distraction to you or your audience. Try to illustrate your examples too.
- Quote references and major sources
For every source you got your information from, try to reference or cite your sources it will help to avoid plagiarism. Quote your references clearly.
- End your presentation well
Just like we said about your introduction, your conclusion should be good as your audience tend to remember your introduction and conclusion. So try to end your presentation in a stunning manner. It will conclude a resounding performance and keep your audience in awe.
You can conclude by repeating the major points of your presentation and make your audience see the reason they should care about the topic you have just finished presenting.
Give your audience a take home message with the importance of the information you have given to them.
Like we have rightly said that college is a place that prepares you for the future and a presentation in college is a way of testing your ability to speak in public and also make research. So it is very important that you give a good presentation that your audience will enjoy.
Don’t forget to maintain eye contact with your audience and even if you want to look at your material (paper or text), you just have to glance at it but focus on your audience. Make sure you understand what you want to present so that your presentation will go well. For everything you will be doing during your presentation, don’t overdo or overact. Be yourself and do your best.
We wish you all the best in your forthcoming presentation in college and hope you give a good presentation.