Make presentations

As part of your study you may be required to make a presentation as part of your course or assessments. There are different types of presentations that you can make and many different tools you can use.

Presentations fall into two main categories – they can be informative presentations or persuasive speaking.

Tools that you can use for your presentations include PowerPoint, Prezi or Google slides. You can also choose to include other tools and techniques like images, animations, storytelling or props.

A woman is at the front of a mixed group of mature students. The group is applauding her.

Things to do

Know your topic

Check the requirements of your presentation with your teacher and select your topic. Research the topic and gather the resources you are going to need to prepare your presentation.

Check the Study Smart topic on Find and Evaluate Information.

Identify the key words and key points for your presentation and try creating a storyboard or mindmap.

Plan your presentation in three sections:

  • your opening
  • the main body, including subsections
  • the summary.

Plan your presentation

What presentation style are you going to use?

  • Informative or persuasive?
    • Informative presentations are usually designed for the audience to learn about a subject. They can include speeches, demonstrations, presenting a report and panel discussions.
    • Persuasive speaking has a focus on influencing an audience. It can also be a learning activity. Examples can be debates, role-playing, interviews or discussions about current topics.
  • Simple or detailed?
  • Fast or slow?

What presentation tools will you need? You could use:

  • PowerPoint or other software
  • animations, images and diagrams
  • short video clips
  • props.

Watch this video to see some of the ways you can make your presentations work.


Delivering your presentation

Practice Practice Practice!!!

This will increase your confidence, check your timing and allow you to make changes before you are in front of your audience. Find someone to practice with and practice eye contact.

Public speaking and presentations are easier when you are more confident.

Look up the tips on the Library Research help guide on presentations and delivering your presentation listed at the bottom of this page.