Australia's International Obligations
Oral Presentation Skills

Presentation Guide

When preparing for a presentation start with a script, create slides and rehearse before giving your talk.

Guide for script writing:

1. Introduce the topic - state your position, start with a hook. Engage with your audience and make them care.

2. Explain your idea - clearly and with conviction       

3. Describe your evidence        

4. Call to Action - how and why you are implementing your idea

5. Conclusion - reveal the new reality, how the audience lives will be affected if they act on your idea.

(Wilkes, 2018) 

Guide for creating a slide presentation:

1. Should I use slides? If slides clarify information use them but keep it simple.

2. What goes on the slide:
- Images and photos to help the audience remember the person place or thing
- Infographics
- One point per slide
- As little text as possible
- No bullets points

3. Formatting the slide
- Use consistent graphics and fonts
- Use a common font like Helvetica or Verdana 
- Font readable 42 points or larger

4. Reference material 
- Images and text must be referenced

Modified from TedTalks Speakers Guide (2017).


Guide for delivery:
1. Engage 
- ask the audience questions and get them to ask you questions
2. Voice
- Speak with a clear voice, good pace and volume
- Use appropriate vocabulary
3. Posture and eye contact
- Stand up straight
- Try to make eye contact with most of the audience
4. Rehearse, rehearse, rehearse
Practise in front of the mirror, to your friends and family (once in your head is not enough).
5. Give the presentation 
- Just like to practiced
- Imagine you are speaking to one person in a normal conversation
Modified from TedTalks Speakers Guide (2017).

Script Template

IB.ATL.COM.1.05 Use appropriate forms of writing for different purposes and audiences

Speaking Guide

IB.ATL.COM.1.04 Use a variety of speaking techniques to communicate with a variety of audiences.

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