Giving a great presentation: some tips and advice

by VanessaVaile

with examples athttp://bryanalexander.org/speaking/ that are also about the future of higher education…not for the faint of heart into looking backwards…

Bryan Alexander

What makes for a great presentation?  How can presenters do a better job?

I wanted to share some thoughts about this, based on my experience.  After decades  of being in a variety of audiences, I have some observations, warnings, and tips for would-be speakers.  I have also been a professional speaker for some years, and would like to pass on what has worked for me.

Caveats: this post is about doing the presentation itself.  Other posts might cover planning for the speech, what to do afterwards, and technology issues.  This post doesn’t address content, just the means of presenting it.  Also, this is by no means complete! It’s a first stab.

Sir Ken Robinson at BETT 2015 Sir Ken Robinson at BETT 2015

The following is organized by time, starting from just before a talk begins.

The hour before your speech

Check out the space.  Physically walk the area, front to back and left to right.  Find the…

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