So you have a PowerPoint presentation on Sir Isaac Newton. While during your talk you may be tempted to gravitate toward the door, certain tactics can help to make your performance anxiety decrease faster than the speed of light.
1. Brainstorm. One way to prepare is to create a list of major goals. What are the key points you want to convey to your audience? Another important factor is to know your audience. How sophisticated are they? Have they even heard of Newton?
2. Organize your slides.
a. Your intro slide should include the title of presentation, date, and your name.
b. That should be followed by an outline slide that describes the main points of what you will talk about. Start broad, finish specific.
3. Develop your content. Cover detailed information based on your outline, approximately 1-2 slides per minute. Keep it simple and visual.
a. Create a lasting message. The audience will likely take away the last thing you say, so make your final statement important and meaningful.
b. Leave a slide to address questions and comments.
4. End on a light note. While you don’t have to go out with a big bang, the best presentations end with a forward looking message or relevant humor.