Presentation tips

Oral presentations are the foundation of the Wounds Australia National Conference. At each conference, abstracts covering vast and varied content are presented by a myriad of presenters, from a range of backgrounds and positions. Representing the heart and soul of the conference, these presentation are one of the reasons the Wounds Australia National Conference continues to grow from strength to strength each year. However the task of presenting to your peer group can be daunting.

There are a number of things that you, our presenters, can do to ease the strain to ensure that you presentation at the conference runs smoothly.

Your powerpoint slides will be pre-loaded in the Speakers’ Preparation Area at the conference, ensuring that all concurrent sessions run smoothly and to time. Please ensure that you either provide your presentation ahead of the conference, or at least four hours prior to your presentation time.

You are requested to go to your presentation room 15 minutes before the start of your session to meet with the session chair and your fellow presenters. It is recommended that you familiarise yourself with the equipment in the room. Your presentation will be automatically streamed through to your concurrent session room, via the Speakers’ Preparation Area.

Hints and Tips to Make the Most of your Presentation

Plan your presentation:

  • Make a basic plan and stick to it. Tell the audience what the presentation is about, explain the key points and then repeat in your conclusion.
  • Identify your key messages, get to the point early and look for interesting ways to emphasise these points.
  • Prepare notes or cue cards so you can speak freely. Do not read directly from the powerpoint slides.
  • Design your slides so they are clear and assist with the understanding of your speech, rather than duplicating your speech.

Rehearse your presentation:

  • Practice until your delivery if fluent and you are confident with pronunciation.
  • Gain feedback from colleagues to improve the design, legibility and content of your presentation.
  • Tape your presentation and listen to yourself.

Delivery:

  • Use your opening line to get straight into your presentation.
  • Do not read text verbatim but talk about your work and bring it to life.
  • Speak clearly and slowly. Vary your pitch and tone to create interest.
  • Generally, one powerpoint slide equals one minute of presentation.
  • Maintain eye contact with the audience (or single out one person) – talk to them, not to the screen.
  • Smile and be animated, but do not overdo it.

TED Commandments:

Inspired by the world-renowned series of TED Talks, come the following TED Commandments for highly effective speakers:

  • Dream big. Strive to create the best talk you have ever given. Reveal something never seen before. Do something the audience will remember forever. Share an idea that could change the world.
  • Show us the real you. Share your passions, your dreams…and also your fears. Be vulnerable. Speak of failure as well as success.
  • Make the complete plain. Do not try to dazzle intellectually. Do not speak in abstractions. Explain! Give examples, tell stories and be specific.
  • Connect with people’s emotions. Make us laugh, make us cry!
  • Do not flaunt your ego. Do not boast – it’s the surest way to switch everyone off.
  • No selling from the stage! Unless we have specifically asked you. Do not even think about pitching your products or services or asking for funding. Instead, tell us a story or case study.
  • Feel free to comment on other speakers’ talks, to praise or to criticise. Controversy energises! Enthusiastic endorsement is powerful!
  • Do not read your talk. Notes are fine, but if the choice is between reading or rambling, then read!
  • End your talk on time. Doing otherwise is to steal time from the people who follow you.
  • Rehearse your talk in front of a trusted friend…for timing, for clarity, for impact.

For further presentation tips, or to inspire you, visit www.TED.com.