How to Deliver Outstanding and Convincing Project Presentations

Project presentations are very key soft skills and pretty essential in academic and professional lives. Presentation skills help create innovative ideas when students come up with creative and interesting slides to illustrate their talk. The use of presentation aids makes for a much more interesting talk, and the creation of such aids can help develop students’ confidence. In this post, we are going to discuss 6 important tips to create an outstanding and convincing project presentation.

6 Tips to follow for Creating an Outstanding Project Presentation

By Tony Ademi

During a presentation, it’s your job to get your message across and ensure your listeners engage with your content. Nevertheless, if you’re confident enough when speaking, you can take a minute to analyze the way you speak. 

When presenting in front of other people, something that can quickly get to us is how we feel in front of the rest when presenting. The truth about our mind is that it never actually stops working until we get up and speak in front of the public. 

Well, if you are someone that feels this way, we have great news for you; keep reading this article because we will show you the top six tips you can follow for setting up a convincing presentation and project. 

Prepare Well

The quality of your project and presentation primarily depends on the quality of your preparation. Of course, you can have issues even if you are well prepared, but even if you do struggle a little, it won’t be as bad as not being prepared well enough! Here are some things you can do to prepare at your highest level: 

  • Visualize and prepare before you give your speech. Alternatively, you can try presenting with your friends and family members. 
  • Proofread your printing materials before you use them. 
  • During the practice session, make sure everyone listening to you informs you of your mistakes or where you can improve. You may want to avoid rehearsing with people who won’t notice your mistakes. 
  • Encourage participants to ask questions at the end or even during the presentation.
  • Consider using a script and organize your material in the way you feel most comfortable doing so. 
  • If you are going to translate audio files, always have a backup plan. You can never depend on technology entirely. 
  • Test all the audiovisual equipment before you get started. Test if your presentation slide is in order and the speakers are working. 
  • Check the lighting of the presentation. If you need to adjust it during your presentation, you can consider telling someone else to do the work for you while you present. 
  • Keep water close to you at all times! 
  • Try to set up some sample questions that you think people may ask you before getting started. 
  • Review the key points of the presentation. 
  • Don’t forget to dress well; you only have one shot at making a first impression! 

Manage Your Stress and Anxiety

Mark Twain once said, “There are two types of speakers. Those who get nervous and those who are liars.” 

Being nervous before a presentation isn’t anything wrong; it makes us human. However, even the best performers worldwide are anxious before performing on stage. Here are a few suggestions for reducing your stress and anxiety before you start presenting your project: 

  • Try to transform your nervousness into dynamic energy in your presentation. 
  • Remind yourself that your audience is there for the same purpose as you, and they’d feel the same if they were in your shoes.
  • Don’t try to say things that aren’t true. You might get caught by someone from the class, and they can call you out and prove you wrong, which is not the desired outcome. 
  • Focus on delivering the main point of the presentation, not delivering words based on how you feel. 
  • Smile, relax and keep saying good words to yourself before presenting. After all, everyone is there to listen to you and support you. 
  • Stress and anxiety reduce when you keep presenting in front of people. In time, you’ll only get better.

Make Your Start Powerful

The greatest talent can never be complete if we miss the main component – passion. So keep your opening strong and simple for the others to engage with. For example, here’s what you can do: 

  • Start your presentation off with some humor that is related to the topic. Of course, it should be humor that isn’t offensive to anyone. 
  • Explain the purpose of the presentation in a short sentence and include what kind of value participants will gain after the presentation is over. What you gained from your research is what they’ll be gaining from you.
  • Don’t go through the presentation too fast. Instead, start with a balanced pace and seek to establish a powerful image. Going through the presentation too fast will only make you look like you are trying to finish it quickly. It isn’t something you want to do. 

Furthermore, here are a few key points you can start your introduction with: 

  • A preview and outlining of your key points throughout the presentation 
  • A summary of your key points in one big picture
  • An attention-getter. Use your creativity to start your presentation with something you think will gain people’s attention from the beginning. 

We recommend you start off your speech with exciting stories, a quote, and facts. Whatever is interesting will make people listen closely to what you say. In fact, according to a 2016 study, storytelling is considered one of the most effective ways to get anyone’s attention. 

Do the Research

Once you define your goals – getting a good grade, peers’ and professors’ attention, gaining valuable and long-lasting knowledge – you need to ask yourself, “How can I transfer this knowledge to them in a 20-or-so minutes presentation?” Then, gather your research in one place and consider using timelines and word documents during your findings and analysis for better organization. 

Alternatively, you can consider using a chart/graph maker to identify your progress within the project. Furthermore, you can assign tasks, assess the risk points, and set the necessary dates. 

Here are some graph makers you can consider using: 

  • FineReport 
  • PowerBI
  • Canva
  • Visme
  • Infogram
  • Mega creator and more 

Make Your Presentation Dynamic

The last thing you want to happen is to hear anyone say that your presentation was boring to listen to. 

Here are some tips you can follow to make your presentation more dynamic: 

  • Most projects aren’t meant to be one-sided. Talk with your peers and engage them in the presentation. Listen to what they have to say (opinions, ideas, etc.) 
  • Practice how you look and sound. For example, if you are presenting looking demotivated, not dressed well, and speaking with a flat tone that sounds like you want to get the presentation done quickly, it’s expected that nobody will listen to you. 
  • Organize your material when presenting. Let the others know that they can ask questions throughout the presentation. 
  • Speak at the same knowledge level as the others. For example, if it’s basic, use simple words; if their knowledge of the topic is broader, use terms they can recognize. 
  • Use examples to illustrate what you mean. For instance, use real-world scenarios that connect with what you are trying to say. Additionally, you can ask if they have any similar experiences to share. 
  • Speak with a loud voice, so you ensure everyone is hearing what you have to say. 
  • If there’re questions you can’t answer, you can try giving suggestions to your audience. 
  • Maintain eye contact with everyone in the room. You don’t want to stare at one person and speak to them the whole time. 
  • Try moving around to make yourself feel more comfortable and not seem like you are looking like a robot that stays in one place. 

Use Case Studies

Learning is an active process, and when we apply what we know, it sticks to our minds. This is a famous saying by Dale Carnegie

Gather your participants and discuss case studies in groups. Case studies include real-life experiences. You can print them and hand them out for small group discussions. For example, below, you’ll find a screenshot of a case study used during a student’s presentation. 

Above, you can see how the case study has been separated into sub-categories. In the beginning, we have the background of the student. Then, right after, you have the “Access Issues” and “Discussion” of the case study, which shows you the issue the first-year student is undergoing. The discussion part includes the solutions you can discuss during your gathering for the presentation. Furthermore, we have the solution section at the end, which is the proposed solutions from the group talk. 

Overall, case studies are an excellent way to put the knowledge you learn into practice and make your audience fully understand what you have to say. 

Wrapping it up

That’s all for this article. These are our six tips for creating an outstanding presentation and project. We totally understand how hard it’s to be convincing and sound attractive simultaneously. Especially when you are in front of professionals, anxiety and stress can really get to you. However, it’s important you understand the purpose of your presentation and why you are where you are. 

People come to listen to you to gain value once they leave. Above all, show your audience what kind of value they are getting from you. What will they gain once they leave the presentation? Most importantly, ensure you are being yourself when you deliver this value. Don’t let the fear of people judging you overcome you. After all, if it was someone else, they’ll feel the same way!

Tony Ademi sharing project presentation tips

About Tony Ademi:

Tony Ademi is a freelance SEO content and copywriter. He has been in the writing industry for three years and has managed to write hundreds of SEO-optimized articles.

He has written articles that have ranked #1 on Google. Tony’s main concern when writing an article is to do extensive research before writing and ensure that the reader is engaged until the end. 

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