How to give successful presentation

Giving presentations is an important part of sharing your work. The ability to do so effectively can contribute to career success. Here are a few tips from our team here in Carrigaline Court Hotel who deal daily with businesspeople and various conferences.

Make sure your slides are well designed

You don’t have to be an expert in design to know that red letters on a yellow background don’t work.  Make sure you choose colors that work together effectively. Also make sure your slides maintain the same visual coherence from beginning to end.

Set the stage

Get your equipment ready and run through your slides if possible (use the room where you will present if one is available). Our conference team will make sure to help you will all your needs regarding setting up equipment. Try getting there early and walk the room so you are comfortable.

Analyze your audience

Gear your presentation to the knowledge level and needs of the audience members.

Tell your story

A presentation is your story. It needs a beginning, a middle and an end. For example, you could begin with the problem you set out to solve. What did you discover by serendipity? What gap did you think your work could fill? For the middle, you could describe what you did, succinctly and logically, and ideally building to your most recent results. And the end could focus on where you are today and where you hope to go.

Keep it simple

Every field has its jargon and acronyms. However, you don’t want audience members to get stuck on a particular term and lose the thread of your talk.