Tips for a good presentation
Do you have to give a presentation for the first time, or do you need support creating a good presentation? We have listed a few tips below that will help you get your story across.
- Make sure your information is understandable and relevant
- Provide interesting examples
- Make sure your structure is logical and clear
- Avoid giving too much information
- Formulate a clear key message
- Pay attention to legibility: no more than 5 lines of 5 words on 1 PowerPoint slide
- Vary text and images
- Use the University house style to create your PowerPoint presentation. Templates can be found in the Leiden University house style guide.
- Create a hand-out with your presentation, web references and contact information
Verbal and non-verbal communication
- Use understandable language, avoid or explain technical terms
- Pay attention to your tempo, tone of voice and volume
- Make sure there is enough variation
- Pay attention to your posture, gestures and facial expression
- Use humour
Contact with the audience
- Invite the audience to ask questions
- Stimulate interaction
- Speak enthusiastically
- Adjust your story to your circumstances and audience
- Start and end on time
- Make sure your information is spread evenly over the presentation
- Make time for questions
Ask yourself the following questions:
- Why did my audience come to listen to me?
- What is my core message?
- Do I come across as motivated and enthusiastic?
- Do I make enough contact with my audience?
- Is all my equipment working?
- Is my story short and understandable?
- Do I have an exciting opening?
- Do I have a concise ending?