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Term Paper Presentation: How To Prepare?

The presentation for your term paper is a big thing. Since it’s an oral speech, you might be feeling somewhat intimidated just thinking about it. It’s normal to feel this way. Rest assured the more prepared you are, the more smoothly the presentation will go for you. Before you begin making any notes for the presentation, make sure you know the following.

  • - Know the requirements of your presentation. Is there a specific time it must fit into? For example longer than 3 minutes but shorter than 7?
  • - Know how much of the time you are required to be speaking.
  • - Know if you are expected to present visuals or some of your sources.
  • - Know how many main points you must cover.

Some essential elements of your presentation include:

  • - Know who your audience is and how much they know about your topic. Have a firm idea on how basic or how technical you can be in your presentation.
  • - Your script and your visuals must be prepared. It’s better to write out bullet points rather than write down every single word you’re going to say.
  • - Make eye contact. Glance at a not on your index card and then talk about it in your own words. Make sure your cards are numbered in order so they don’t get mixed up.
  • - Limit your script to a certain number of ideas that can be presented and explained within your specific time frame. Make an outline of your main ideas with the bullet points underneath so you can glance at it and see the flow.
  • - Visual aids can be used to make a good presentation better. People in the audience love to see what you are talking about.
  • - Use slides, charts, graphics and other visuals to make your presentation more captivating.
  • - Statistics or groups of numbers should be made into a graph or chart.
  • - If allowed in the requirements, presentation software such as Powerpoint or a similar program can be used as part of your presentation.
  • - Think of your presentation as a type of conversation. You are not lecturing to a group of people; try to engage with your audience.

Perhaps the best preparation you can make for your presentation is lots of practice. Practice in front of the mirror, friends, family or roommates; whoever you can talk into practicing with you. Doing this helps you know your presentation better, feel more at ease, time yourself and get feedback from others.