A script will help you peel out the 'likes' and 'ums' that make their way into our everyday conversation. It will also guarantee that you say everything you want to say.
- Lay out a script, word for word, in a Google Doc.
- Then, break your full script up into bite-sized paragraphs (3-4 sentences).
- Reference the related work or quotes of scholars, who your classmates are also familiar with.
- Have someone else look over the script to see that it is understandable.
- Read it through at a good pace to be sure that it could be read in the designated time frame.
Prepare your Presentation File
You have many options for presenting content. Yes you can use PowerPoint, but these tools present some interesting ideas:
Here are some tips for setting up your slides:
- Aim to have one slide per paragraph (from your script).
- Don't clutter your slides with text; if anything, use one word or an image.
- Use attention-grabbing graphics.
- Use a font and font sizes that are readable.
- TED tips for good slide decks.
Aim to recite your presentation from memory. The tips below will give you step-by-step instructions for achieving this goal. Even if you are presenting online and you can use notes, you still want to try to keep eye contact as much as possible.
- Begin by memorizing the first line of the first paragraph.
- Once you can recite the first line by heart, memorize the second line.
- Once you can recite the second line, speak the first and second line together.
- Continue on until you have memorized and can recite the entire first paragraph by heart.
- Then, follow the same process until you can recite the entire second paragraph by heart.
- Once you can recite the second paragraph by heart, recite the first and second paragraphs together.
- Continue the process until you have memorized the entire script.