Presentations – part of life!
You will need to give presentations:
Plan, prepare and practice. Rehearse your presentation early on, when you still have the chance to alter and improve it. Try videoing yourself while you are rehearsing, or ask a friend to listen and comment. Look out for distracting gestures and clarity of speech. Vary pace and tone to engage your audience and avoid reading from the screen. If you are preparing for an interview you may want to take a look at the advice and support on the Careers and Employability Service page on Interviews.
Make sure you are familiar and comfortable with the presentation tool you have chosen and that it is suitable for the purpose. Popular tools include:
These are used to present knowledge or research and to encourage discussion. Limit the amount of text on the poster and use high quality graphics. Remember to include full references to support the content. Further information and guidance on designing and producing posters is available.
Research Poster Support Guide [use your University Login]
Be aware that in academic environments, ideas are challenged, not people.
Group assignments often involve a final presentation. Play to the strengths of the individual group members when deciding how to divide up the preparation and delivery of this.
You will find more detailed guides on presentations in the resources listed on this page.
Presentation image by Max Griboedov/Shutterstock (image ID:401859706)
The basics of accessible PowerPoint presentations by Karen McCall School on Teachable [PDF]
Giving Presentations by University of Reading [PDF].
Research poster support guide by University of Southampton
Giving presentations by University of Reading
Effective poster presentations by University of Leeds
How to give a good presentation by University of Sussex
PowerPoint 2013 training and support resources by University of Southampton.
Present like a Pro: Planning your way to success by University of Manchester
Use a screen reader to explore and navigate PowerPoint - by Microsoft Support
Viva Examination by University of Birmingham
Top 40 Potential Viva Questions by Research Essentials blog