4 Tips to Survive a Presentation

Ciao lovelies!  Today’s post is about how to survive doing a presentation in school! I know this is a super hard thing for many people (including myself) and since I recently did one, I thought I’d share my personal tips on how to survive it without passing out from fear!
So my recent presentation was on Restorative Justice in my Prisons and Punishment class. It was only a five minutes presentation, so it was super short, but it felt kinda, well, awful? Is there ever a presentation that feels great though? But it was much more bearable due to the tips I’m about to share.

So let’s get to the tips!

Tip #1- Rehearse Beforehand
Seriously, when doing a solo presentation this is a must. You don’t want to be stuck awkwardly reading off your slides as if you don’t know what you’re doing. Prepare cue cards if you want. Practice once in your head, once aloud to yourself, and once in front of friends. Make adjustments as you need them. Don’t worry if you stammer or something. Most people do this in school presentations. Nobody will be rude about it (because they’ll empathize). 

Tip #2- The Little Extras
A great way to seem like you’re calm, cool, and have full command of the subject you’re presenting is to have some little tidbits that aren’t on the slides. Whether you memorize these or have them on cue cards, having that little extra can make you seem like you really understand the material and know what you’re talking about. 

Tip #3- Imagination
Many people will tell you to imagine the audience naked to not be embarrassed, but personally, when I think about that, I think “ugh, gross.” If you’re like me, and picturing them naked isn’t for you, you can try picturing them as dogs. Dogs are sweet and accepting no matter what, so the pressure will be off. Also, try imagining your presentation as a role in a TV show or play. Imagine that you’re a character, and your presentation is your lines. Another great idea is to imagine that you’re trying to persuade your audience to agree with you. 

Tip #4- Be Friendly
Be as friendly as possible. If appropriate, lead in with a colloquialism. I usually go “Hey Y’all, my name’s Luna and today I’m talking to you all about (subject).” This will not only make the audience feel at ease, but will calm you and ensure that you don’t sound robotic. The worst thing to do in a presentation is to be stiff and robotic. Nobody wants to hear “and this is what I am presenting on today. This slide talks about…” It’s uncomfortable both for the audience and you.

So those are my tips to surviving a school presentation! I also found some life hacks for it in this video of Wengie’s:
Her video has more than just presentation hacks, so be sure to check it out!

Thank you so much for reading! I hope these tips help during your next school presentation!

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