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10/11/2016
Oral presentations are probably one of the most dreaded moments in many students' school life (after all, the fear of public speaking is one of the most common phobias in the world, with 3 out of 4 people suffering from it). Nonetheless, being able to talk and give a lecture on a topic in front of others can prove to be a very useful skill. If you want your upcoming oral presentation to go over smoothly, below you'll find a few tips on how you can prepare to conquer this challenge.

How to Prepare Effectively for a Successful Oral Presentation

Master the Subject You'll Be Presenting

First and foremost, you need to make sure that you master the subject you'll be presenting in front of your class. This will give you confidence in your ability/knowledge, will allow you to speak freely, and will help you answer follow-up questions that your teachers/peers may have about your presentation. To that end, research, read, and make sure that you completely understand the topic you'll be going over. If you require assistance to master your school subjects, trust in The Tutoring Center, Sammamish WA to provide the academic support you need. Their experienced and dedicated tutors will work closely with you, so you can answer lingering doubts and learn about different subjects successfully. Contact them at 425-202-7306 if you'd like more information on the benefits of tutoring classes in Sammamish WA. You can also call if you wish to schedule a free diagnostic assessment.

Be Mindful of Your Non-Verbal Communication

As you may be aware, what you're talking about isn't the only thing that matters when you're presenting. On the contrary, often, how you're presenting can carry as much or even more weight. For that reason, it is of the utmost importance that you pay attention to your nonverbal communication. This means that you should work on the way you stand, how you move, your hands and facial gestures, and even your voice (modulate its tone and rhythm).

Use Short/Concise Notes When Presenting

If your teacher allows you to have notes with you while you are giving your presentation, be sure that they're short, clear, concise, and effective. Having a page filled with text can confuse you when you're presenting. Moreover, you may feel the need to read from it throughout your whole presentation (which isn't good). Instead, focus on writing main ideas that will remind you of the points you wanted to make and will help you stay on track.

Prepare Effective Visual Aids

Tied to the point above, if you'll be using visual aids, ensure that they'll enhance your presentation and won't take away from it. For example, if you'll be employing slides, don't fill each one with big blocks of text. Likewise, don't attach sounds to them, and don't use bright colors for the background/font. Doing so can be distracting and even painful for you and your spectators.

Practice in Front of Others

Once you've mastered the topic of your presentation, have prepared your visual aids, and have worked on your non-verbal communication, it's a good idea to practice in front of others. Gather family and/or friends and present your topic to them. Doing so will help you realize what you need to work on, and will allow you to prepare better. Moreover, they can share feedback that can help you improve your presentation skills.

Get the Technology Ready Beforehand

Can you imagine being nervous about your presentation, only to discover right before you begin that the media you were using as an aid isn't working as expected? This can be nerve-wracking, and you don't need that kind of stress before your presentation. For that reason, you're advised to test the video, slides, audio, or images you'll be using, and get the technology you'll need for it ready beforehand.

Relax and Change Your Mindset

As a final tip, remember to relax, especially right before you give your big presentation. Breathing in deeply and slowly, and trusting in your abilities, knowledge, and preparation, can help your nerves lessen or disappear. It's also important that you change your mindset. Think positive thoughts about the outcome of your presentation, and focus on what you'll say. Knowing that you can do this and that you will be successful at it can help you do a better job.

Enroll in One-On-One Tutoring Classes in Sammamish WA

Remember that if you're in need of an experienced helping hand that can guide you through your academics and provide the support you need to succeed, The Tutoring Center, Sammamish WA can be there for you. They have a variety of academic programs aimed at helping you achieve your goals. Call 425-202-7306 for more information on their tutoring classes in Sammamish WA, or to schedule a free diagnostic assessment.

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