When you're presenting, you're trying to convince someone of something. When presenting to academics as part of your studies you might be trying to convince them you know about type II superconductors, or when presenting to potential employer's you might be trying to convince them you know about their company and the challenges its facing. Maybe you're a PhD researcher presenting to convince potential contributors of the worth of your research. Keeping all these different possibilities in mind, here's some tips;
- Have your presentation in clear, distinct sections; you need an introduction, points that are substantiated seperately, and a summary.
- Always leave time for questions!
- Have a central theme throughout.
- Keep your points concise, especially what's on the screen. If you're using say PowerPoint, don't have everything you say written on the screen, just have a few short sentences that you elaborate on with what you say.
- Make your presentation unique, don't be afraid to use imagery and humour where appropriate.
- Know your audience, how technical should the presentation be? What information is vital to the audience? Are they more interested in the content or your delivery?