Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
PRACTICING YOUR DELIVERY
Hiding a slide in PowerPoint
PRACTICING YOUR DELIVERY
Surveys indicate that public speaking is the greatest fear of most people. However, fear or nervousness can be
channeled into positive energy to do a good job. Remember that an audience is not likely to think you are
nervous unless you fidget or your voice cracks. Audience members want to hear what you have to say, so
think about them and their interests
not about how you feel.
Your presentations for the cases in this textbook will occur in a classroom setting with 20 to 40 students.
Ask yourself: Am I afraid when I talk to just one or two of my classmates? The answer is probably no. In
addition, they will all have to give presentations as well. Think of your presentation as an extended
conversation with several classmates. Let your gaze move from person to person, making brief eye contact with each
of them randomly as you speak. As your focus moves from one person to another, think to yourself: I am
speaking to one person at a time. As you become more proficient in speaking before a group, your gaze will
move naturally among audience members.
Tips for Practicing Your Delivery
Giving an effective presentation is not the same as reading a report to an audience. You should rehearse your
message well enough so that you can present it naturally and confidently, with your slides or other visual aids
smoothly intermingled with your speaking. The following tips will help you hone the effectiveness of your delivery:
Practice your presentation several times, and use your visual aids when you practice.
Show your slides at the right time. Luckily, PowerPoint makes this easy; you can click the slide
when you are ready to talk about it. Use cues as necessary in your speaker
Maintain eye and voice contact with the audience when using the visual aid. Do not turn your
back on your audience. It is acceptable to turn sideways to glance at your slide. A popular trick
of experienced speakers is to walk around and steal a glance at the slide while they are moving.
Refer to your visual aids in your talk, and use hand gestures where appropriate. Do not ignore
your own visual aid, but do not read it to your audience
they can read for themselves.
Keep in mind that your slides or visual aids should support your presentation, not be the
presentation. Do not try to crowd the slide with everything you plan to say. Use the slides to illustrate
key points and statistics, and fill in the rest of the content with your talk.
Check your time, especially when practicing. If you stay within the time limit when practicing,
you will probably finish a minute or two early when you actually give the presentation. You will
be a little nervous and will talk a little faster to a live audience.