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One of the key factors to the good delivery of a presentation is something which you do not need to learn, you simply need to do, and that is: practice. The more you practise, the more familiar you will become with the content of your presentation, and the more fluent and natural your delivery is likely to be.
There are, however, certain factors which will influence the delivery of your presentation when you are giving it, and which you therefore need to bear in mind. The main ones are:
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If you are nervous, you will probably want to speak more quickly than usual. This is the wrong thing to do. Listening is a difficult skill, and your audience needs time to both hear and understand your main points. You should therefore aim to speak a little more slowly than usual. A general rule is: the larger the audience, the more slowly you need to speak. This does not mean your presentation should be slow and steady throughout. If you say all the words at the same speed, the presentation will sound boring, and it will be difficult to identify your main points. In general, function words and phrases (such as 'What I want to talk about today' and 'Let's turn now to the next section') should be said more quickly, while content words (the ones which carry meaning) need to be spoken more slowly.
You need to make sure that everyone can hear you. Too loud is better than too quiet: if you are too loud, it may be annoying, but at least the audience can still hear your message.
When you are writing, you can emphasise you main points by using bold type or italics. When you are speaking you also need to place emphasis on the important words or ideas, and this is done by using stress. There three main ways to add stress to a word:
Adding emphasis will make it easier for the audience to follow you presentation as they are more likely to understand which are your main points.
|Pace is a little slower than normal speed|
|The pace is varied: more quickly for function words/phrases, more slowly for content words|
|Volume is appropriate|
|The speaker is audible from the back of the room|
|Stress is used to emphasise key points|