Presenting is about communicating information and choosing a style suited to meet the needs of a specific audience. To get started, answer the following questions:
When preparing a speech it can be useful to choose a topic that already interests you. Then find an angle or argument to focus on. For example, here are two presentation titles, both about cats:
The first title is personal and might be interesting to people who know the speaker, but it is unlikely to be of much interest to others. The second title, however, is something that other people can have an opinion on and therefore engage with. It also gives the presenter some structure. Instead of simply listing all their favourite cats, they can now come up with a series of examples (maybe using their favourite cats!) that convincingly show why cats are the best.
Once you have your own title and angle, come up with your main points and list these in a logical order.
Cats are better than dogs because:
Now consider other viewpoints. This is useful because it means you can show that you have thought about your opponent’s point of view and seem to be more fair-minded. It also gives you the chance to explain your reasons for disagreeing with these other views before you are challenged later. Try to find all of the main likely arguments for the other side.
Cats are not better than dogs because:
Now you can add detail to your speech and find ways to make it interesting. Create a sequence or structure for your speech in which each point supports your overall argument. You could include some of the following to make your speech convincing:
Finally - practise until you believe that you can deliver your speech with confidence.