Tips for your next oral presentation

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Ten percent of the population are genuinely terrified of speaking to a group, according to Forbes.

But a slightly more surprising statistic is that ten percent of the population love public speaking. Who wouldn’t want to be one of those people?

That leaves most of us in the middle of the spectrum. We aren’t terrified as such, but suffice to say public speaking gives us butterflies, sweaty palms and maybe even a sleepless night before the big presentation.

There are many strategies you can employ to help ease your nerves. But nothing beats planning, preparation and practice – lots and lots of practice.

Planning

The first thing you’ll need to need to do is analyse the assignment question. Like any assignment task, it’s important that you understand what you are being asked to do by gathering all the relevant details, deciphering the task and breaking it down into mini questions that you can answer.

Make sure you understand what you need to include in your presentation. For example, do you need to demonstrate proficiency in Microsoft PowerPoint? What are the key features of the program that you need to demonstrate proficiency in?

And what about audience participation? Are you required to develop an interactive activity for your audience? All of this should be detailed in the course profile and/or marking criteria. If in doubt, ask your lecturer!

Preparation

Presentations follow a similar structure to written assignments. So just like an essay, a case study or a literature review, you will need to prepare an introduction, body and conclusion. Head to the Study Smart module on Writing your assignment to find out what each of these entail.

And remember, it’s important to reference any information you use at university. So be sure to include a reference list in a PowerPoint slide or print handout so your audience can source the information for themselves (and your lecturer can see that you did your research!). Head to the Study Smart Referencing module to find out the essentials of referencing.

Practice

Practicing your presentation is extremely important. Try practicing in front of friends, other students, your dog or cat – or even the mirror! This will help you to remember the content and structure of your presentation, and to prepare for audience participation and activities.

Palm cards with a list your key points (not your entire speech), can also aid your memory.


Effective oral presentations: plan, prep and practice

Photo of hand holding a microphone

Ten percent of the population are genuinely terrified of speaking to a group, according to Forbes.

But a slightly more surprising statistic is that ten percent of the population love public speaking. Who wouldn’t want to be one of those people?

That leaves most of us in the middle of the spectrum. We aren’t terrified as such, but suffice to say public speaking gives us butterflies, sweaty palms and maybe even a sleepless night before the big presentation.

There are many strategies you can employ to help ease your nerves. But nothing beats planning, preparation and practice – lots and lots of practice.

Planning

The first thing you’ll need to need to do is analyse the assignment question. Like any assignment task, it’s important that you understand what you are being asked to do by gathering all the relevant details, deciphering the task and breaking it down into mini questions that you can answer.

Make sure you understand what you need to include in your presentation. For example, do you need to demonstrate proficiency in Microsoft PowerPoint? What are the key features of the program that you need to demonstrate proficiency in?

And what about audience participation? Are you required to develop an interactive activity for your audience? All of this should be detailed in the course profile and/or marking criteria. If in doubt, ask your lecturer!

Preparation

Presentations follow a similar structure to written assignments. So just like an essay, a case study or a literature review, you will need to prepare an introduction, body and conclusion. Head to the Study Smart module on Writing your assignment to find out what each of these entail.

And remember, it’s important to reference any information you use at university. So be sure to include a reference list in a PowerPoint slide or print handout so your audience can source the information for themselves (and your lecturer can see that you did your research!). Head to the Study Smart Referencing module to find out the essentials of referencing.

Practice

Practicing your presentation is extremely important. Try practicing in front of friends, other students, your dog or cat – or even the mirror! This will help you to remember the content and structure of your presentation, and to prepare for audience participation and activities.

Palm cards with a list your key points (not your entire speech), can also aid your memory.


This Week in the Library – Week 5

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Take a moment to reflect… on all the amazing workshops you can attend in Week 5!

Book into a session at the Gold Coast or Nathan Campus on writing a reflective assignment. The workshop will focus on the structural aspects of reflective writing.

Or maybe upon reflection, you would prefer to learn how to deliver an effective oral presentation, or analyse an assignment question. There are Academic Skills workshops for those as well!

Library and Learning Services workshops are FREE and available to all students, HDR candidates and staff. To view the entire workshop timetable, please visit the Workshops and Training web page.

Academic Skills

All sessions are one hour in length unless specified. Booking is optional for Academic Skills Workshops.

Date Time Workshop Location Campus
Mon 4/4 10.00 Writing a reflective assignment Library (G10_2.25) Gold Coast
Mon 4/4 1.00 Oral presentations Library (N53_1.51) Nathan
Wed 6/4 10.00 Oral presentations Library (G10_2.25) Gold Coast
Wed 6/4 12.00 Writing a reflective assignment Library (LO3_3.29) Logan
Fri 8/4 10.00 Analysing assignment questions Library (N53_1.51) Nathan

Computing Skills

Bookings are required for all computing workshops.

Date Time Workshop Location Campus
Mon 4/4 12.30 Long Documents Made Easy (3 hours) Library (N53_1.50) Nathan
Wed 6/4 12.30 Excel Essentials (3 hours) Library (N53_1.50) Nathan
Wed 6/4 9.30 Excel: Formulas and Organising Data (3 hours) Library (G10_2.04) Gold Coast

Library Skills

Bookings are required for all library workshops. All sessions are one hour in length with an optional 30-minute extension for activities and questions.

Date Time Workshop Location Campus
Mon 4/4 12.00 Researching for your assignment (1 hour) Library (N53_1.49) Nathan
Tues 5/4 12.00 Researching for your assignment (1 hour) Library (G10_2.09) Gold Coast
Wed 6/4 12.00 Referencing (1 hour) Library (N53_1.49) Nathan
Thurs 7/4 12.00 Referencing (1 hour) Library (G10_2.09) Gold Coast

Higher Degree Research (HDR) Skills

This series of workshops is targeted to support Higher Degree Candidates along all stages of the research lifecycle. Bookings are required for all HDR workshops.

Date Time Workshop Location Campus
Tues 5/4 1.00 Digital tools for research (1.5 hours) Library (G10_2.04) Gold Coast
Wed 6/4 10.00 Copyright for research and publishing (1.5 hours) Library (N53_1.51) Nathan
Wed 6/4 1.00 EndNote for Windows (2 hours) Library (G10_2.09) Gold Coast
Thurs 7/4 10.00 Managing your resources to begin writing your literature review (1.5 hours) Library (N53_1.51) Nathan

This Week in the Library – Week 4

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Library and Learning Services workshops are FREE and available to all students, HDR candidates and staff.

To view the entire workshop timetable, please visit the Workshops and Training web page. Booking is required for all computing and library workshops due to a limited number of places available in the training rooms.

Academic Skills

All sessions are one hour in length unless specified. Booking is optional for Academic Skills Workshops.

Date Time Workshop Location Campus
Mon 21/3 10.00 Academic writing Library (G10_2.25) Gold Coast
Mon 21/3 1.00 Academic writing Library (N53_1.51) Nathan
Tue 22/3 11.00 Oral presentations Library (M13_2.09) Mt Gravatt
Wed 23/3 10.00 Academic writing Library (G10_2.25) Gold Coast
Wed 23/3 4.00 Building an academic argument *(PG) Library (N53_1.51) Nathan

Computing Skills

Bookings are required for all computing workshops.

Date Time Workshop Location Campus
Tue 22/3 9.30 Long Documents Made Easy (3 hours) Library (G10_2.04) Gold Coast
Wed 23/3 9.30 Excel: Formulas and Organising Data (3 hours) Library (N53_1.50) Nathan
Wed 23/3 9.30 Excel: Formulas and Organising Data (3 hours) Library (G10_2.04) Gold Coast

Library Skills

Bookings are required for all library workshops. All sessions are one hour in length with an optional 30-minute extension for activities and questions.

Date Time Workshop Location Campus
Tues 22/3 6.30 Referencing (1 hour) Webinar Online
Wed 23/3 6.30 Researching for your assignment (1 hour) Webinar Online