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CO103: Effective Presentation (O'Donnell)

Organizing Presentation Slides

Suggestions for a PowerPoint Slide Show:

  1. Title slide (Include Your Name, Course Name, Date)
  2. Introduction
    • Capture audience's interest
    • Identify topic
    • Addresses revelant aspects of topic
  3. Research Findings
    • Present in-depth information
    • Credible sources
    • Various points of view
    • Provide clarity through examples, illustrations or graphs 
  4. Conclusion
    • Restate topic
    • Summarize main points
    • States logical conclusion based on findings
  5. Works Cited slide
  6. Media Cited slide

Body Language Tips

Presentation Guidelines


  • Know your audience
  • What's your message?
  • Start with big picture, narrow to 3 -4 points
  • Create an outline
  • Plan on paper before start visuals (PPT)


  • Edit aggressively
  • Use appropriate visual aids
  • Note cards -never read from slides
  • Dress appropriately
  • Audience Questions



  • ‚ÄčRehearse with an audience
  • Practice enunciation
  • Eye contact with audience
  • Pace yourself and stay within time parameters
  • You are the presentation

Day of Presentation

Checklist (with recommendations):

1. Speech documents

a. Note cards

b. Mark document with slide changes

2. PowerPoint file

a. Backup - portable flash drive/Cloud storage

b. Run/test slideshow prior to presentation

3. Poster Board (or other visual aids)

4. Presentation clicker (check out at library circulation desk)

5. Handouts (print in grayscale)

6. Attire