A Presentation Is...
A presentation is a means of communication that can be adapted to various speaking situations, such as talking to a group, addressing a meeting or briefing a team.
A presentation can also be used as a broad term that encompasses other ‘speaking engagements’ such as making a speech at a wedding, or getting a point across in a video conference.
To be effective, step-by-step preparation and the method and means of presenting the information should be carefully considered.
A presentation requires you to get a message across to the listeners and will often contain a 'persuasive' element. It may, for example, be a talk about the positive work of your organisation, what you could offer an employer, or why you should receive additional funding for a project.
Ask yourself the following questions to develop a full understanding of the context of the presentation.
When and where will you deliver your presentation?
Will it be in a setting you are familiar with, or somewhere new?
Will the presentation be within a formal or less formal setting?
Will the presentation be to a small group or a large crowd?
Are you already familiar with the audience?
What equipment and technology will be available to you, and what will you be expected to use?
What is the audience expecting to learn from you and your presentation?