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Checklist for presentation

It is a lot to think about when preparing your presentation. Use the University library's check list to see if you got all parts. Click on each part to read more.

Target group

Do you know who to present to?

Purpose

Do you know what the purpose of your presentation is?
Do you know the length and format of your presentation?

Content

Do you know what the presentation should contain?

Structure

Do you know how to set up your presentation?

Performance

Does your introduction arouse the interest of the audience?
Do you have smooth transitions between the different parts of the presentation?
Do you have a clear conclusion that leaves an impression?
Do you have a strategy for dealing with any issues?
Will you use a slide show to support your presentation?
Do you feel confident about how you will present the presentation?
Are you aware of how your body language can reinforce your message?

Target group

Do you know who to present to?
A good presentation is adapted to the intended target group.
Find out and reflect on the following points:

  • Who will listen to my presentation?
  • What does my target group know about the subject?
  • What are their expectations?
  • What do I want the audience to get out of taking part in my presentation

Purpose

Do you know what the purpose of your presentation is?
The purpose governs how you design and present your presentation.
It can be informing, teaching, entertaining, convincing or sharing knowledge.
Consider the following points:

  • What do I want to achieve with my presentation?
  • What is my main point or my main argument?
  • How would I briefly summarize the purpose of my presentation?

Scope & format
Do you know the length and format of your presentation?
The length of the presentation and the format are important frameworks when you plan and structure your content.
Consider the following points:

  • How long should my presentation be?
  • Do I have any specific instructions to follow?
  • Should the presentation be performed live, digitally or should it be recorded?
  • How do I best manage my time?


Content

Do you know what the presentation should contain?
The content of your presentation should be clearly linked to its purpose.
Start by summarizing your message as clearly as possible in as few words as possible and then think about the following points:

  • Are there concepts and terminology that must be included and that need to be explained?
  • Can I use concrete examples to make the message clearer?
  • What more is needed to reinforce and explain the message?

 

Structure

Do you know how to set up your presentation?
Based on the intended content, create a clear structure with headings and subheadings.
Consider the following:

  • What are the most central parts of my presentation and in what order do they need to be presented to the audience?
  • Is there a common thread that makes it clear how the different parts of the content are connected to each other?
  • What do you need to think about structurally if you are several who present together?


Performance

Does your introduction arouse the interest of the audience?
Your introduction should capture the interest and attention of the audience.
This can be done, for example, by:

  • Start by presenting something surprising, e.g. facts or statistics that "stand out" in some way.
  • Start with a question for the audience that arouses curiosity and makes them think.
  • Use humor or everyday examples in a way that invites to your presentation.

Do you have smooth transitions between the different parts of the presentation?
Well-elaborated transitions clarify to the audience how the different parts of the presentation belong together and make the presentation flow.Reflect on the following points:

  • Are there smooth transitions between the different parts of the presentation?
  • Are the transitions in a possible slide show well thought out?
  • If there are several of you presenting together, how do you pass on to each other?

Do you have a clear conclusion that leaves an impression?
It is important that the presentation does not just end suddenly.
The conclusion is an opportunity to emphasize the most important thing in your message.
Keep the following points in mind when formulating your conclusion:

  • What are the main points of your presentation that you want the audience to take with them?
  • Are there any "next steps" or final thoughts that you can round off with?
  • Invite to further discussion and dialogue if you are interested.

Do you have a strategy for dealing with any issues?
When you conduct your presentation, the audience may want to ask questions.
Feel free to inform the audience about how and when they can ask their questions.

  • Do you want to answer any questions during the presentation or do you want to set aside time at the end of the presentation?
  • What questions do you think your presentation could generate and how would you answer them?
  • How will you handle questions that you cannot answer or that are not relevant to your presentation?

Will you use a slide show to support your presentation?
If you use a slide show, it is important that it complements the information that you present orally in a good way.
Consider the following points:

  • Keep your slide show simple and stylish by limiting the amount of text and information.
  • Choose high quality images and graphics.
  • Choose a few colors that complement each other and appeal to the eye.
  • Choose clear fonts and good size for your text.

Do you feel confident about how you will present the presentation?
Presenting and speaking in front of an audience can feel uncomfortable, but through training and proper preparation, you give yourself the best conditions for success.

  • Make sure that your material is well worked out so that you are safe and happy with all parts.
  • Practice your presentation so that you can speak as freely and naturally as possible without being tied to a script.
  • Think about what preparations or techniques allow you to handle a stressful situation and use these.

Are you aware of how your body language can reinforce your message?
Through your body language, you can show credibility and create commitment to the topic you are presenting on.
Record yourself as you practice your presentation to become aware of your body language.

  • Does my attitude and position communicate that I am open and interested in the audience?
  • Do I use my arms and hands when talking? Do I need to use them more or less?
  • How do I focus when presenting? Focus on the audience and not on your slide show!