You will feel confident when you present in front of other people if you know what to say and you researched the material that you will use for the presentation. You will feel nervous if you know that the content is terrible, and it does not contain anything people will feel interested in listening to. These are some tips to guide you as you begin researching what to say during a presentation.
Know your audience
You need to have an idea of who you will be talking to so that you can research material appropriate for them. If you are planning to crack jokes, they won’t be effective if not applicable to the people listening to you. The joke could backfire if they find it offensive. You also need to go deep with the information you present, especially if you are offering it to people who specialise in the area that you are discussing. Otherwise, you will only embarrass yourself.
Screen the information
There is nothing wrong with getting your information online. It is easy to research anything online these days. You can have access even to new journals and studies conducted by experts. However, it is also easy to fall into the trap of information coming from fake sources. You need to screen the information well to prevent the spread of false information. You can ask for help from other people in your team to verify the sources.
Don’t say everything
You might find lots of exciting material out there. You need to filter the information that you will present in public. You don’t need to say every detail that you researched but focus only on the most exciting aspects. You need to keep reading until the end so that you will know which information deserves to be a part of your speech.
Use a presentation folder
You research information should be included not only in your speech but also in the presentation folder. It is possible that some people in the room won’t catch everything you say. It is not because you are boring, but there could be other factors preventing them from understanding what you mean. It helps if you have an A4 folder containing a summary of the information they missed, so you can keep going.
Don’t forget to use credits
If you are borrowing ideas from other sources, you need to credit them for it. If you include the said information in the presentation folder, you need to write the name of the author or the link of the site where you got the idea. You might get sued for sharing information without giving credits or, worse, taking false ownership.
After doing research, you are now ready for the presentation. Relax the night before so that you will feel fresh and energised the next day. You are ready because you researched thoroughly, and you know that even if you face many questions after the presentation, you can give satisfying and fact-based responses.