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Academic Presentation Skills

Basic presentation outline

"Tell them what you are going to tell them; tell them; tell them what you have told them“

The number of points in the body of your lecture can expand and contract as required.

  • average adult attention span is 15-20 minutes: divide the body of your talk into 15-minute sub-topics
  • give each sub-topic a short introduction, conclusion, and transition into the next sub-topic
  • vary the pace: for example, have question periods at the end of each sub-topic, or alternate 15-minute lectures with 15-minute interactive activities or audio-visual presentations

I. Introduction (2-3 minutes)

  • Opener Or Attention Getter
  • Significance of topic
  • Relevance to Audience
  • Thesis and Preview (Tell your audience “the big picture”; give them a roadmap to their learning)  

II. Body

  • Point One
    • Support material

(sign post - words that indicate that you are going to make a point - initially, finally, next.)

TRANSITION and CONNECTION

  • Point Two
    • Support material

(sign post - words that indicate that you are going to make a point - initially, finally, next)

III. Conclusion (2-3 minutes)

  • Summary of topic and what was learned
  • Review the main points or your learning objectives