What are the basic steps in presenting a PowerPoint in a Business Journalism class?

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carol-davis | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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As a public speaking teacher, I had my classes present a PowerPoint to the class so that the students would be prepared for this kind of assignment. The following steps are the aspects of presentation that are important to completing the assignment in a positive manner:

1. Know the content of the PowerPoint.

          Appear knowledgeable about the subject.

          Never lose poise; let the audience believe that you have done

             many presentations.

          You control the situation. It does not control you.

2.  Never read from the slides.  (This is important.)

           Print off the slide pages from PowerPoint (3 slides per page).

           Refer only to these slide pages, not the PowerPoint.

           Highlight items that you want to emphasize.           

           Put your slide pages in a folder. Practice turning pages.

           Look professional.

3. Maintain eye contact with the audience.

           The PowerPoint is only a tool.  You are the presentation.

           The audience wants to hear what you have to say, so do

                not just read what is on the slides.  Add your thoughts.

            You should be looking at the audience 95% of the time.

4. The key to success is practice and more practice.

            This means that you must actually stand up and practice.

             Tape record yourself.

             Video tape yourself.

             Have your parents or anyone watch your presentation.

             Ask for truthful feedback.

Follow these steps and the presentation will be a success!

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