Présentations en anglais. Tips for professionals and university students who want to make a good presentation in English (Paris)
Présentations en anglais can be daunting. But the process does not have to be so intimidating if you are well prepared. Below are a few tips for you if you are preparing to make a presentation in English:
1. What makes a good présentation en anglais (presentation in English)?
There are three key components to a good presentation in English:
- Good content
- Good preparation
- Good delivery
2. How can you make sure your content is good?
- Avoid being chaotic and disorganized
- Speak slowly but not too slowly
- Speak loudly enough so people can hear you without straining
- Avoid getting your slides out of sequence
- Do not use your visual aids as a stand in robot for yourself
- Avoid going over the allotted him
- Be confident
- Be organized
- Be enthusiastic, well prepared and easy to understand
- practice, practice, practice
3. How can you ensure you are well?-prepared?
Always start by preparing an outline of your talk that includes:
- an introduction
- the title & purpose
- description of how your talk is structured (example, into how many parts is it divided?)
- An explanation in advance of your policy on questions (can they ask questions during your talk or do they need to wait to the end of your talk?)
- An explanation of the approximate length of your talk (and stick to it as closely as possible)
How can you ensure that your delivery will be good?
- investing in good preparation in advance
- having a good, confident attitude during your talk
- showing appropriate emotions and responses
- being dynamic, enthusiastic and clear
- treating & using visual aids appropriately
- reading your audience
4. Key questions to consider when you are preparing your presentation in English
- How long will your talk be?
- How best can this talk be structured?
- Who is your audience (are they experts or not?) and what are their expectations of and from you?
- should your style be formal or informal?
- Will visual aids help or distract?
5. Visual Aids Vocabulary
Diagram = An illustration used to explain something by depicting its component parts and the relationships among all the various parts.
Table = a depiction of information on a chart in rows and columns.
Bar graph = is a graph that uses bars of varying heights to depict the relationship between data.
Plan = design or depiction of the strategy for doing something; usually drawn to scale like an architectual plan and shows the relationship between all the parts of the design.
Chart = information depicted in either a graph, diagram, table or picture.
Flow chart = an organizational diagram that shows the flow or sequence of a plan or activity or project
Line graph = a type of chart that shows information using points that connect on a straight line on the X and Y axis.
Map = a diagram showing an area of space, land, or sea
Picture = a depiction of an idea or thing using drawing, painting or photography.
Pie chart = a graph that comprises a circle and representational parts of the whole (like a pizza pie)
Note about Visual aids when making présentations en anglais:
Visual aids are not meant to replace the speaker nor are they intended to be the main attraction of a speech. Visual aids are merely for adding variety to your presentation and function as a supporting detail to your talk, not the main event. It is never advised for you to stand there and read from your slides or visual aids. Use visual aids only to clarify or highlight or demonstrate a point in your talk. Make them as dynamic as possible and use them to clarify your talk and maybe even save time but never to replace you as the main presenter of the talk.
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