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Oral presentations


An oral presentation is similar to essays and other types of academic writing. It includes an introduction, body and conclusion. Unlike academic writing, however, an oral presentation is delivered by you, in person, which means that you can use more than just words to communicate to your audience.

Put simply, you should plan to:

  1.   Tell your audience what you are going to say (introduce your topic).
  2.   Tell them (with a bit more detail).
  3.   Tell them what you’ve told them (summarise your topic).

Give your presentations that personal touch

Giving successful presentations requires personal touches, which enable you to engage with your audience. 

Managing your fear of public speaking

Many people have a fear of public speaking, there is even a name for it: Glossophobia. In this video students talk about getting over their fear of public speaking.

Tips for reducing your fear

You will have less fear of speaking if you are 

  • well organised, and
  • well prepared for your presentation.

Follow these tips below:

How to do your presentation slides


Online presentations

Giving presentations online may or may not include the audience being able to see you. When the audience sees only your slides, your personality and enthusiasm for your topic still comes through verbally in your tone, intonation, volume, and smile in your voice along with what you say and the content you present.

As with in-person presentations, being prepared is the key. For an online presentation, this will include being familiar with the technology of the online platform you will be using. It’s a good idea to practise as much as you can until you feel comfortable and confident in using the technology.

Answer true or false to the following statements. 

Further resources

Always be on the look-out for opportunities to practise speaking to an audience. Also, pay attention to who your audience is: peers, lecturers, tutors, potential employer, or social gathering. Remember that for an academic presentation, your main aim is to impart your knowledge with a tone of authority and interest in your subject.

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