Are you ever nervous before a class presentation? Speaking before your peers can be daunting, but you can make a huge impact if you consider a few simple tips. For instance, if you are creating a slide presentation, avoid crowding your slides with too many words. A large graphic and short phrases with large lettering can have a bigger impact than a page full of text.
Keeping your audience’s attention is crucial; people can “zone out” during a presentation and may not notice that you’ve changed to a new slide. Interesting transitions can prevent that potential problem.
Practice your talk in front of your family. The more you practice, the more prepared you will feel in front of your classmates. Your family can help you remember to smile and make eye contact, and point out any habits you might not be aware of, such as saying “um” between phrases or fidgeting. These things can distract your audience from the information you are sharing.
Check out 8 Tips to Power-Up Your Classroom Presentations, edutopia.org/blog/8-tips-classroom-presentation-jason-cranford-teague, for more ideas.
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