How to make a presentation more interesting?
So I'm giving a presentation to high school students about my experiences so far as a freshman in college, what I'm majoring in, and why I chose the college I'm going to.
I have to talk for thirty minutes, but I'm really struggling to figure out how to make this talk more interesting!
One thing I hate is attending a presentation where the speaker is really boring, and I'm trying to stray away from doing that, but I'm having trouble of thinking of ways to make what I'm talking about more interesting for the students!
Asked By: sapyhappygrl - 12/9/2011
Do researcher. Go to the colllege website. Round up as much printed material as possible. Find out something about the college's standing scholastically and in athletics. Noted for???? Famous alumni. Famous professors. History of college, but only if interesting. Land-grant? ROTC? Graduate schools? Size of campus. Endowments (only inbrief statements, though.)
Instead of using PowerPoint (boring!), use Prezi. It is free. Just go to Prezi.com.
It's sure to shake up your audience.
some other ideas:
1. Write your notes on 3 x 5 cards. Just key words or major ideas. Use words and ideas that will jog your memory and help you remember the best stories. Whatever you do: do not write the entire speech out and read it. That is sure death!
2. Practice. You really have to rehearse. First try it in front of a mirror. Then try it in front of friends who you trust to give good criticism, not wisecracks. Finally, try it in front of a webcam.-- here's where you'll see the weak points which you can then fixc
3. Move around, but don't move for the sake of moving. Just don't stand still and recite your presentation like a 4th-grader delivering a book report.
As for content:
1. Stories. Make them up if necessary, but use stories. A good story will engage any audience in a mystery or a discovery or a conflict.
2. Humor. If you're funny, then be funny. If you aren't funny, don't force it.
3. Avoid indigestion. Don't overload your audience with too much information. You may have done your homework, but your audience isn't ready to hear it. Limit your facts...even though you know much, much more.,
4. Write out your presentation as though it were a TV commercial: Problem. Story. Solution. "It seems that I was always getting these broken fingernails. Then my friend told me about this terrific new cream. I tried it. Now my fingernails stay unbroken!"
5. It's okay to use repetition. For instance, in the beginning of your presentation, tell them what you're going to talk about. Then at the end, summarize, by repeating what you talked about.
To be specific:
1. Tell them about your last days in high school., when you didn't know about college at all, and then how you decided to go to college.
2. Tell them about collecting stuff about lots of colleges (make this funny) -- the brochures and phone calls that didn't stop coming.
3. Be frank, but not too frank about money (They know it's going to cost big bucks, but daddy's going to pay most of it, isn't he? So talk about scholarships and jobs, but not in detail.)
4. Why did you pick your major. Tell them about choosing a major, but again, not in detail.
5. Why this college over all others?
6. What your freshman year is like so far. Describe a "typical" day (it really doesn't have to; be typical: you could telescope several days, or cherry-pick events from your friends' experiences.
7. Talk personalities: people you've met. Weirdos. Nice people. professors.
8. Describe a typical class --again, not detailed, but just the main points -- keeping notes, where you sit, using a laptop, using a clicker, homework, quizzes, grades. Use your best or favorite subject. Your enthusiasm will come across.
9. Talk about the social scene, but in generalities.
10. Talk about dormitories, fraternities, weekends.-- but not too specific.
11. Be "frank" about one shortcoming. This lends credibility to your presentation, that you're not a cheerleader for the college, but a kind of Consumer Reports delivering an accurate and objective report.. The shortcoming could be really minor, like bad parking, or high lab fees, or a lousy football team -- nothing major, nothing that can come back and bit you on the ankle. It could even be whimsical -- ":the campus is so large you need a GPS to find your way between classes" or "they really can use a good pizza chef".
...for more information...
1. Ask for questions at end.
2. Have handouts ready -- brochures.
3. Flash a slide with the college's website address.
DON'T END WITH A LIMP "WELL, THAT'S IT...ANY QUESTIONS?"
INSTEAD, END WITH SOMETHING LIKE : "THAT'S MY COLLEGE LIFE SO FAR. NEXT YEAR, I'LL BE A SOPHOMORE. IF YOU DO GO TO OLD STATE, LOOK ME UP, AND MAYBE WE'LL PUT TOGETHER A PRESENTATION FOR THE NEXT BUNCH OF JESSE JAMES HIGH SCHOOL .GRADUATES....... HEY, THIS CAN BECOME A REGULAR REALITY SHOW IF WE DON'T WATCH OUT."
Answered By: lordreith - 12/9/2011