Presentations 101

  1. Know what is the objective of the presentation - don’t be shy to state this upfront.
  2. Have 2–3 key takeaways that people need to remember - share them at the beginning and end of the presentation.
  3. Keep the slides clean with minimal wording - I usually keep the background and font simple so that the audience can focus on my message.
  4. Select pictures and videos when appropriate to help tell the story — such visuals can leave a larger impact than any words can say.
  5. Practice, practice, practice if this is a super important presentation — writing something versus speaking it out is NOT the same. Once you speak the phrase or sentence out, you might have to refine the arrangement and/or word choice to sound more concise and “punchy”.
  6. Have your 3 “power words” ready — I know that I do best when I am prepared, confident and have a sense of humor. These 3 words work for me and I make sure to be prepared before an important presentation so that the confidence and sense of humor flows. Find the 3 words that work for you!
  7. Present points in 3s — Humans have limited cognitive retention and a good rule of thumb is to stop at 3 points, 4 if you must. Anything more gets lost in the sea of words and jargon.
  8. Use simple language — earlier on in my career, I used to think that using jargon meant that “you belonged” and I believed that obfuscating the message with fancy words made me sound smarter. On the contrary, someone who is able to make something complex sound simple will come across as smart.

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Sufen

Sufen

I make hardware smart by integrating new technology with state-of-the-art software. Passionate about bridging the gap between industry and STEM education.