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Oral presentations


You can find out how to write your oral presentation in the Assignment skills: Writing area of this site.

Put simply you should plan to:

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

Introduction, body and conclusion – just like an essay or most other types of academic writing.

But an oral presentation is you in person and it means you can use more than just words to communicate to your audience.

Giving successful presentations requires personal touches

Managing your fear of public speaking

Many people have a fear of public speaking, so there is even a name for it ‘glossophobia’. In this video two students talk about getting over fear of public speaking.

Tips for reducing your fear

You will have less fear of speaking if you are 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 come through non-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 practice as much as you can until you feel comfortable and confident in using the technology.

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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