Your hands get sweaty, the throat gets dry, and you can't remember the words. You begin to feel your heart pound in your mouth. The spotlight closes in on you, and it's time to begin. And there it goes. A panic attack! This is a common condition that most students go through while making presentations. Presentation for students are meant to bring out the confidence and latent talents. They also help students to sharpen their public speaking skills. It teaches them the art of capturing the audience and presenting with conviction. It is normal for a student to feel anxious or nervous before a presentation.
Know Your Topic and Your Audience
As good tips for presentation, know both, your audience and your topic. In order to connect to your audience, choose a topic that is relevant. Prepare the speech in a logical sequence to captivate your audience. Emphasize on the best part of your speech, by explaining it in a line or two. Keep your presentation as simple and short as possible. However, make sure that all the points are covered. Preferably, avoid making your presentation grandiloquent, as it will confuse your audience, and your presentation will be lost in translation.
Mind Your Language
By mind your language, you need to work on your body language. The way you stand, walk, move, and your gesticulations are constantly being observed by your audience. Improper body language, like hands in the pocket, fidgeting, and awkward facial movements can deviate your audience's attention. A steady body language, which includes the sense of clothing too, shows your confidence. Sporting good body language with minimal movements and wearing presentable clothes, makes your audience take you seriously.
You can't expect your audience to believe you unless you believe in what you say. To make the presentation effective, maintain a logical sequence right from introduction till the end. Every part of the presentation must be supporting the theory you are trying to establish.
Sense of Humor
Having a sense of humor no matter how serious the topic is. Making the audience laugh is extremely important to keep them entertained and engaged. Adding a few puns, jokes, and humor to your content to keep the audience glued to the seats.
Do not read the whole presentation from the notes. Memorize it as far as possible and rehearse it, in front of the mirror. Ask your family to be your judge and take the criticism constructively. Memorizing the presentation will allow you to make an eye contact with the audience, which will make you seem confident. Use audio-visual aids to make a stronger impact.
Know when to stop talking. Long drawn presentations become monologues and torturous. Have a question and answer session after your presentation, to know how much of your presentation was understood by your classmates and teachers. If your audience asks you five questions, then it's half the battle won. A 'Q and A' session will help you learn some mass communication skills (literally) and highlight the areas that you need to work on the next time you have to make a presentation.