presentation skills for students

An Essential Presentation Practice Tip [VIDEO]

This post was originally published at In this video you’ll learn an essential presentation practice tip that will save your presentation from disaster… or at least ensure that your presentation comes off more polished and professional. I’ve also got a couple extra tips that will also help you in practicing your speech or presentation. All of these presentation practice tips will work for students and business people, so make sure you pay attention!


Why sitting is bad

Sitting is one of the absolute worst ways to practice for a presentation… unless you will be delivering your presentation or speech while sitting!

You need to stand so you can simulate what it will feel like to actually give your presentation.

Get out

So what to do if you can’t sit to practice your presentation? Well, quite simply, get out of your home or office and either go to the location where your presentation will be, or practice in a different room that somewhat resembles the location.

If that’s not possible, at least use a different room that feels uncomfortable so you can build up some confidence to give the presentation.

Family + Friends = Bad Audience

Many times people will practice in front of family and friends, but this is a bad idea, in my opinion, because they will likely give you only positive feedback.

Positive feedback sounds good, but it can hurt your presentation if you don’t know what you didn’t do well.

So use a group of colleagues, classmates or people not associated with your presentation. Be sure to tell them you need honest feedback about your presentation and performance.

You can also tell your friends and family this, if that’s the only audience you can practice in front of.

Hope you found those presentation practice tips helpful. Let me know if you have any questions or comments.

How to Present Your Ideas Clearly - A 3 Step Process [VIDEO]

How to Present Your Ideas Clearly - A 3 Step Process

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When you give a presentation, it is very different for your audience than when they are trying to learn something by reading about it. When someone reads something and they don't understand, they can re-read until they understand; however, that is impossible when they are listening to your presentation. They cannot ask you to go back and repeat the presentation, nor can you go back and repeat what you just said. So it is important to present your ideas and thoughts as clearly as possible during your presentation. This video will give you a three step process to learn how to present her ideas clearly.

The 3 step process to present your ideas clearly

Step 1: Watch your language

The first thing you must do is use language and vocabulary that your audience can understand. That means the simpler the vocabulary and language you use, the better.

Step 2: Talk like a person

The second thing you should do is to write your presentation in a conversational way because that will make it easier for your audience to understand what you are saying. Your presentation is not a textbook and therefore, shouldn't sound like a textbook or something highly academic.

Step 3: Find a guinea pig

The last thing you should do is find someone to present your presentation to who is not familiar with your topic. This will help you figure out whether or not your presentation can be easily understood. A child or a grandparent can be a very good person to give a presentation to, and will force you to read evaluate your presentation based on the previous two steps.

Hope that helps. Let me know if you have any questions or comments about this topic or other presentation skills topics.


Carl Kwan


3 Tips for Giving a Killer Class Presentation [VIDEO]

In this video you will learn 3 tips for giving a killer class presentation because presentations for school are very important. A great class presentation can not only help your grades, but it can also help change the perception your teacher and classmates have of you. Our decisions are largely governed by our emotions, whether we think so or not, so any time you can leave a good impression on people, the better it will be for you in the long run. So that’s why an awesome class presentation can be so beneficial beyond just grades. So here are my 3 tips for giving a killer class presentation.

#1 Always present first

This sounds like a crazy idea, but going first is the smart student’s choice because it demonstrates to your instructor that you are not only well-prepared, but also confident. And because you were first, the instructor will likely have a better memory of your presentation. After watching 10 or 15 presentations, they start to get fuzzy in the teacher’s mind, but the first one will likely still be memorable. Weird, but true.

#2 Do not use notes

Another great way to show that you are prepared and confident is to not use any notes. Preparedness is usually a critical evaluation factor, so not using notes is an easy way to score extra points. You’ll also make a great impression on your classmates, too.

#3 Mention something from class

This is the killer move right here. Be sure to mention something you learned in class that is relevant to your presentation. Usually, your presentation will be about something the instructor discussed in class. So if you can refer to whatever was discussed, that will show you were paying attention and learned something because you were able to apply what you learned in your presentation.

BAM! That’s the sound of an A! Hopefully!

If you follow the above 3 tips for giving a killer class presentation, I am sure that you will come away with a much better result than if you don’t use the tips. Of course, you still need to prepare and practice, and the tips for giving a great class presentation require you prepare well. That being said, there is no reason why any student shouldn’t be able to give a memorable and killer class presentation.

Let me know if you have any questions or comments. And let me know what you’d like to learn when it comes to giving a class presentation.