An orator is a good man skilled in speaking.
Cato, 234 -149 BCE
Classroom learning series
Presenting projects in the classroom
- Build your topic from a few main ideas
State where you are going and what you will prove
- Know your audience: where are they coming from?
Cover mutual ground as a starting point
Use familiar vocabulary to begin; introduce and define new
Adapt the presentation's goals with the
interests of your audience
Treat each audience as a unique group
- Convince them with facts and logic
Demonstrate that you know what you are talking about, but on
- Review and summarize in your conclusion
what you've told them
Check for comprehension
- Leave time for questions and discussion
Follow up with options so audience can contact you
This practice session will identify tips on
presenting your project, and yourself, more effectively:
- Think positively!
- Know your material
- Familiarize yourself with the room and technology you will use
- Know your audience
- Think about the message
- Visualize yourself succeeding
- Don't apologize for what the audience may not even notice!
- Realize success
- Think in terms of building experience in presenting projects