Plan well

When planning your presentation, keep these questions in mind:

  • What are you giving a presentation about? Keep your key message in mind at all times– something as simple and direct as possible. Make sure every section relates to that key message.
  • What do you want to say? Start from the points you want to make, even if you can’t yet see what links them. Build up your ideas from your research and knowledge until you can make a full picture – succinctly and clearly given.
  • Who is your target audience? It’s important to keep this in mind. In your career you will have different audiences and will need to adapt what you say and how you say it depending on your audience.
  • How will you structure your talk?There must be an order to your ideas. Ideas contribute to each other as they follow one after the other. This will be directly affected by your purpose – is it just to explain or is it to persuade?
  • How will you move between sections?Plan to use clear links and linking language.
  • What is the sequence of ideas in your presentation? What linking expressions can you use to flow from one section to another?

For group presentations:

Ensure that you allocate roles to different members.