Presenting…TIPS! By Trina Holt Who is Trina Holt anyways? I… am a grad student in psychology and study communication have been in the Professional University Teaching program for over a year, listening to tips and practicing presenting have TA'ed several courses and got to lecture a few times too! have studied a lot in the area of stress and coping have done lots of community theatre have a diploma in television and video production taught lots of SCUBA diving classes Who are YOU? What I‟m Going To Tell You Preparing the Presentation Preparing to Present Pre-Presentation Jitters 2 Types of Coping Strategies The First Few Minutes of the Presenation The Body of the Presentation Concluding the Presentation Q‟s and A‟s After All Is Said and Done Preparing the Presentation Know your material very well Logical, flowing order Tell them what you‟re going to tell them, tell them, tell them what you told them. Write it up on the correct medium Handouts in class Visual aids as notes (for you and/or your audience) It always takes longer than you think it will Preparing to Present Know thy audience –collective knowledge Know thyself – what are your assumptions Practice Preview technology Always bring backup Test it first Don‟t let it get in the way Room considerations – room to audience ratio Background noise Find a shirt that doesn‟t show sweat Pre-Presentation Jitters (or Full-Blown Stage Fright) Nervous energy can be a good thing Don‟t push your luck Avoid coffee, tea, chocolate, and mood- altering chemicals Honour thyself – acknowledge your nerves but also acknowledge your ability Jitters? - About the Audience The audience as individuals, not mob The audience is benevolent (if there‟s anyone in the audience that looks like this - run!) Debunking the naked audience myth Jitters? - 2 Coping Strategies Problem-Solving Emotion-Focused Coping Coping Jitters? - Problem-Solving Coping Address your cognitions Go ahead, imagine the WORST Self-talk “I‟m really bad at this” or “This is going to be FUN!” Develop your skills Volunteer to do presentations Toastmasters Practice, read about it, watch other good speakers Jitters? - Emotion-Focused Coping Honour thyself – check in (acknowledge, accept, adjust) Coping techniques that take a while to develop Pairing a word with relaxation Coping techniques that you can use now Breathing, visualization, affirmations “Alert mind, calm body” In the First Few Minutes Breathe Watch the audience come Honour thyself – check in Be considerate of your audience Physical placement Cont‟d… In the First Few Minutes Engage and be engaging Deaf lady in the back row Policy on interrupting for questions or concerns Involve the audience right off the bat If interaction is appropriate for your presentation, start now In the Body of Your Presentation (General Performance Tips) It‟s OK to be nervous but stay focussed on your material Be a clock watcher Engage and be engaging Debunking body language Hands To pace or not to pace? Eye contact Lectern or Podium Sense of humour – don‟t lose it In the end, we‟re just communicating – not performing Concluding Your Presentation Be a clock watcher Respect the audience‟s time Insist on your time being respected too Tell „em what you told „em Q‟s and A‟s Be a clock watcher Repeat the question Answer to the point If you don‟t know, don‟t fake it After All is Said and Done Debrief Wind down (water, walk – avoid alcohol) Take notes on presentation afterwards Add it to your growing list of skills and see if you can use it in a resume or CV This Is What I Told You! (I TOLD You I‟d Tell You!) Preparing the Presentation Preparing to Present Pre-Presentation Jitters 2 Types of Coping Strategies The First Few Minutes of the Presenation The Body of the Presentation Concluding the Presentation Q‟s and A‟s After All Is Said and Done That‟s all Folks!