Pitching and Presenting
Body language and Eye contact – need to make eye contact with everyone in the room
Consider space and seating arrangement
Stick to your time limit – disrespectful to next speaker if you run over time.
How do you combat this – practise beforehand
Use images over text – images help keep the audience’s attention whilst still being able to listen to you
Use plain English – more knowledgeable language can be more difficult for your audience to understand.
Why use slides?
Always gives audience something to look at, good structure
Software package doesn’t matter, PDF format works as well
Use 1 typeface
No crazy fonts
Use subtle transitions
Short videos/GIFS – can become awkward when your conscious of time, can lose engagement as much as create engagement
Too much text takes attention away from the talk
Use bullet points for text – 3 or 4 max 7
Don’t use hundreds of slides
Make sure you don’t leave a slide, so you never forget about a ‘in construction’ slide on the day
Check spelling and content
Slide setup 16:9 ratio (1920×1080) or (1280×720)
Use a grid to layout images – all some size, basic alignment.
Templates – useful but you are a designer and should start designing your slides
Note – can adapt a template
Content – what do you need to present?
Approach 1 – layout what you intend to cover
Approach 2 – just get to the point
Note – if you are going to handout supporting materials, best to handout at the end, can be distracting if given out beforehand
- Rhetorical questions
- Personal anecdotes
- PDF backup
- Even water in case you choke up
- Market – who’s going to use the product
- The ask – ask for something, you’re trying to win them over
Practise makes perfect
Keep it interesting – maybe don’t recap as an end slide, use an image or a quote – positive energy
I find I struggle with presentations so I found this lecture to be helpful, even with some things being common sense I found it still to be good reminders as it’s easy to forget the small things when flustered. Moving forward I will take all notes into consideration when preparing my presentation.