In an oral or video presentation, you’re usually combining visual and spoken messages. When you create presentation slides:
Remember to follow APA and copyright rules for using images and other materials.
It’s better to use a combination of visual graphics and spoken words and not to read aloud written text. Think about how the slides can enhance or add meaning to your spoken words.
Create meanings in your presentations:
When you prepare your presentation slides, you have lots of design choices.
In the above example slide, only one font and text colour is used, the image connects with the topic, and there’s lots of white space. Being consistent and sparing with your choices helps you communicate your message clearly.
The above slide shows good and bad examples of text choices. Larger font sizes, making text clearly contrasted from the background, consistent alignment, and sparing use of bold can all help you make your message clear.
Principles to follow when choosing fonts, colours and images.
When you give a presentation, your voice can sound great if you:
You can sound friendly and enthusiastic by stressing the most important words in your message.
In the above example of words spoken in a presentation, you might stress the bold words/syllables if they contain important details. You would say those words/syllables louder, longer and higher. You might also stress words/phrases if they contain new information (as shown in the red boxes).
If you’re preparing for an oral presentation, or recording a video, practise it:
Listen to examples of how to stress important words and syllables.
Please check your assignment instructions and the expectations of the School in which you are studying for specific guidelines about what to do for using visual sources in presentations.
The main thing is to differentiate between visual materials that you have personally created and those which come from others.
When you create slides, you can identify the image source by:
The last slide/s of the oral presentation should include a reference list which contains the full details of any images that were used (as well as other sources types).
If you create your own image for your oral presentation, you can just use a caption number and heading. Without further details, it is assumed that the image has been created by you.
You can make clear that you have adapted an image (changed the original version in some way) by:
Presentations typically have a:
The body needs to be carefully organised:
The number of points you include depends on the total talk time. Use content from your readings for the details and examples.
Strategies for planning your presentation:
Writing a script for your video presentation:
In the above example script, hash (#) symbols show when to click to the next slide, animation or image. You can time each click at the exact moment that you start to say a new point or show an image. You can also mark where to leave short pauses (like the two second one above). Doing this will give your listener time to understand what you’ve said.
Edit your script before you record the finished video. Try some practice recordings, and read your script aloud to help you decide which words you can remove or change.
Strategies for writing a video presentation script.
You have a number of choices for which presentation software to use. AUT students have access to LinkedIn Learning, which has video tutorials on a lot of software, including for presentations.
Other presentation software: