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Often in your career you will be faced with the prospect of giving an oral presentation If youre able to express yourself clearly and forcefully when you need to you will undoubtedly have an advantage over your contemporaries The objective of this paper is to identify some of the basic concepts involved in the preparation and delivery of an effective oral presentation If you have nothing to say you cannot give an effective talk Assuming that you do have something to say it is important to identify at the outset just what it is that you are trying to communicate Write down a short list of important points or objectives that you want to make no more than 3 or 4 Your entire presentation should focus on presenting these objectives in a clear and convincing way without making your presentation overly complex as this will only overwhelm the audience To be effective your presentation must be delivered at a level that is appropriate for your audience You must analyze the background and expectations of the audience to deliver the key points in the most effective manner possible This could involve modifying the objectives if the concepts involved are beyond the level of your audience Ideally you will have enough knowledge of the subject matter to be somewhat conversational This means that you should understand your subject well and be able to answer related questions On the other hand it is impossible for any one speaker to be able to answer all questions that might be asked There is no shame in answering I dont know to a question that is asked in fact this answer is preferable to an incorrect or misleading reply You should find out how long you are required to speak and aim to have your presentation fit within the allotted time One good way to judge the presentation time is to rehearse
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