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The first thing you should do to nail a presentation is to organize and schedule the days in which
you wish to work on your assignment.
I always recommend at least four days prior to the presentation day, so you can thoroughly
prepare your speech and practice until you perfect it.
Save those days to work hard on your assignments and you will feel much more confident during your public speech.
You should break down your assignment into smaller tasks and divide them between the remaining days.
We will speak now on the things you should work during that time.
In your first day you should read and study the materials that are the groundwork of your speech.
Skim lightly through the text and then analyse it more thoroughly, annotating the major arguments,
and most relevant aspects of the author’s dissertation.
This first analysis of the text is very important, as it lets you understand the overall framework of the thesis
and the main themes of whatever you are going to talk about.
Make sure you understand the basis of your presentation well, before moving on and starting creating your speech.
While you analyse the text, make sure to use external resources to further complete your knowledge on the subject.
If you come across any words that you feel unsure about its meaning, don’t forget to
check out a dictionary and research on the subject.
There’s nothing worse than incorporating an unknown term during a public speech and
being called out on it.
In the second day, you should start preparing the outline of your speech.
This is where your creativity will come across – after understanding the materials, you
now have the freedom to create your presentation, choosing in which order you want to present different ideas
and premises and the manner in which you will use to explain them;
either by formally define your subject or by giving illustrative examples of whatever you are talking about.
In the third day I formally draft my final speech.
I normally type it down so I can re-arrange it as I go along and I will consult
the to-do list I made the day before to make sure I can include all the topics I wish to talk about in my presentation.
What I normally do is creating an extensive, thorough text, in which I will base my presentation
and number each paragraph, in bullet form.
Afterwards, I will create a simple outline with numbered topics – and each number represents
a paragraph from the extensive document.
When I speak in public, I like to have that outline in front of me, to help me as I go along.
If I read a topic from the outline and forget what I had to talk about, referring to that
topic, I will just quickly jump to the other document, using the number I wrote to identify the paragraph
to refresh my memory.
In the last day, I will only practice my presentation.
My analysis is complete, I am absolutely certain about the structure of the speech
and now I just need to make sure I can present it adequately without forgetting any of the major topics.
In order to practice, I will set an alarm for the amount of time the lecture gave us
or the time I think is effective to present whatever I will be talking about.
Using a timer is the best method to make sure you are talking at a good pace and assessing the fluidity of your speech.
If you talk for too long, you will lose your audience but if you are presentation is too short
you risk delivering a poor approach on the subject.
The usage of a timer and speaking out loud will also let you assess whether certain parts
of your speech are useful or not.
I normally tend to cut down almost 20% of my speech during this last day
because I normally find tons of information unnecessary or just plain boring.
This is also a principle that applies to essays and other written assignments – make sure
the content of your work is just enough to deliver but without giving unnecessary details.
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Anita Lin published on December 3, 2016    Anita Lin translated    Mandy Lin reviewed
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