1) Know your audience
It is always a good idea to structure your talk so that anyone in the audience can understand what you are presenting. Complexity is not necessary.
Be clear about your purpose. This way you can get the point of your talk across appropriately and effectively and cater to the audience.
2) Be organised
- For your 10-minute presentation, make sure you give yourself enough time to deliver all the information you want in a calm manner. Allocate time for questions/answers (so aim for a maximum of 7 minutes).
- Be concise. Use visual aids or ppt if it enhances your kōrero. Use illustrations. Check grammar, spelling, and lay out of each slide/visual aid.
- Keep an outline with you during the presentation; it will help you stay on track.
- Please keep to time allocated to you.
Practice your talk enough so that you have flow, but not so much that you have the entire talk memorised as that may make it monotonous.
4) Be professional
- Know what you are presenting and be ready to answer questions during and after the presentation.
- Be enthusiastic.
- Make sure the presentation is visually pleasing. Add pertinent graphics and use fewer words.
A General Guideline
Here some things to consider before and during the presentation:
- Remember that online environments are harder on the audience so less is more, your intonation is important, and it is good to inject energy into your kōrero.
- Speak clearly and concisely. Do not ramble, mutter, or move away from the camera or microphone.
- Do not go over the time limit.
- If you are using visual aids – make sure they are fit for purpose for the online environment.
- Practice your talk, but do not memorise a script.
- Be visually and orally interesting.
- Answer questions in a calm, non-condescending manner; do not argue with or interrupt the questioner.
- Be polite and graceful.
- Give a presentation that is focused with one underlying message.