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Bad Presentations and how not to write one, Oral Presentations


  1. Know your audience. Why are they listening? Information, persuasion, entertainment, etc.
  2. Dress appropriately for the event.
  3. Make eye contact with audience members.
  4. Identify key points and stay on message.
  5. Use a conversational tone and speed – do not speak too fast or too slowly.
  6. Do not pace; stand as still as you can without being a statue.
  7. Use visuals as a supplement to your talk. Avoid reading from slides.
  8. Stick to your time limit.
  9. Save time for questions.
  10. Practice. Consider a trial run before colleagues.
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