Presentation Tips

Activities and Tips to help your presentation

Activity 1 - Climbing the Stairs

Sometimes when presenting a particular topic, the tone of our voice has a drastic effect on our presentation. Addressing problems versus discussing solutions to these problems should have different tones.

When addressing problems, our tone should become more serious, and when presenting our solutions we should present them in a happier and more cheerful way.

The activity climb the stairs allows us to do this. For a happy and inspiring script, imagine that with each word you are saying you are climbing one step of the stairs. So each word is a bit ‘higher’ than the other.  For a serious, and a sadder script we ‘climb down the stairs’, each word is a bit ‘lower’ than the other.

TRY THIS OUT with a few excerpts of newspaper articles underneath:

“Climbing up the stairs”

The Gates Foundation talked to engineers to figure out how we could use technology to tackle these issues. Peter Janicki, CEO of Janicki Bioenergy, developed a machine that converts sewer sludge into clean drinking water, electricity and pathogen-free ash in a matter of minutes.

The processor can help developing countries both by providing clean water and energy, as well as employing entrepreneurs to run it in the regions where it's needed most.


“Climbing down the stairs”

The inequality crisis is worsening. 82 percent of the wealth created last year went to the richest one percent of the global population, while the 3.7 billion people who make up the poorest half of humanity got nothing.

Our broken economy is widening the gap between rich and poor. It enables a small elite to accumulate vast wealth at the expense of hundreds of millions of people, often women, who are scraping a living on poverty pay and denied basic rights.


Activity 2 - How Do I Sound?

This is a very simple activity, where you record a voice recording or a video in order for you to see how you sound. Be aware of moments you speed up, or stumble into words. Highlight the parts of the script that these moments happen in order for you to be more prepared when the actual presentation comes. Recording yourself will also give you an average idea of how long the presentation takes, and how long you will have for questions and answer. There are several ways to record yourself, here is a website that provides this service:


How do I overcome anxiety or becoming nervous? It is normal to be nervous, or be anxious. The best way to minimize this is by practicing and becoming familiar with the material that you will present.  

Eye contact makes me nervous how should I go about that? Try finding a few people in different parts of the room that are constantly smiling, people who are giving you positive feedback. Look more at these people, who will make you more confident and less nervous.

What to do if I don’t know the answer of a question? Be honest, and tell the person that you will look into the question and let them know later. This is better than giving incorrect information, or just avoiding the question.

How can I practice for the Q&A period? We provide a page of frequently asked questions for all the different topics. You can try out by having someone ask you the FAQ questions (before you look at them and their answers). This way you will see if you are prepared for the usual questions you may be asked.

Overall what makes a good presentation? A good presentation is clear and concise. The main message to your audience is clear. Remember to enjoy the presentation, have some fun, smile and take deep breaths. If you are familiar with the topic you will do a great presentation!