If you’re not a natural public speaker, giving a talk can be daunting. We’ve enlisted help from some trusty Open University staff who have also given TEDx talks, to find out their top tips.
Preparing your presentation:
- First and foremost, be yourself but be willing to take advice.
- Start at the end – thinking about your core message – and work your way back to structure.
- Remember to manage your time effectively – you don’t want to rush the beginning or end.
- Keep it simple and accessible – stick to three key points you want to get across.
- Rehearse, review and reduce – your first cut will no doubt be too long. Get friends and family to listen to your presentation, time it for you, and to be a critical friend.
- Practise as much as you can, but if you really need to, make small prompt cards to take.
When giving your talk:
- Try to memorise it as much as possible. Some slides can help but keep them simple for the audience to understand.
- Think about your delivery – your intonation and bringing energy into your voice helps to keep the audience engaged.
- You are presenting for the live audience and for the livestream/recording but stay calm and try not to let it throw you.
You might be nervous but maybe you need to be a little nervous to make it good!