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Preparing For Your Presentation

As you create your presentation, consider the following:

  • revisit the tabs for Assignment 1, 2, and 3 if you need further resources
  • read about how to prepare a presentation
  • watch a video about presentation planning
  • consider using public domain or copyright cleared images
  • use other online tools to create your presentation
  • book a study room to practice

Good luck on this last leg of your community development assignment!!

What Makes a Successful Presentation?

A Guide to Successful Presentations is an easy read to creating a successful presentation. A checklist is provided at the end to help you through the process.

Plan it.

Assemble it.

Present it.

BC Patient Safety & Quality Council. (n.d.). A guide to successful presentations. Retrieved from


Presentation planning

Source: © Common Craft, 2018.


Whether it’s in class or at work, there are times when we must stand in front of a group of people and present information.

It’s one of the major ways we share ideas and doing it well can be a very important skill. But where do we start? What goes into a great presentation?

Let’s assume you’ll use presentation software like PowerPoint or Keynote and your goal is to educate a group about space travel.

To start, think about all the ideas you’ll want to cover and document them .One way to do this is on sticky notes. Take some time to write down all the points you think are relevant, one point for each note, and stick them on a wall. Then, take a step back and think about groups of ideas. Are some of the notes related to others?

Move the sticky notes into 3-5 major groups and take out what’s not relevant. Now that your ideas are organized, it’s time to think about what you’ll say about each idea.

For this, you can create an outline. Give each group a name and add the ideas in that group as sub points in the outline. These points should all relate back to the group subject. Feel free to write out specific things you’d like to say on each point.

Now you’ve accomplished something very important - the ideas in your talk are organized in a logical way. This makes your presentation easy to follow.

Next, let’s consider the actual presentation. Open the presentation software and create a bunch of blank slides. Here, each slide will represent a major point in your talk.

Referring to your outline, add your notes slide-by-slide until all your points are present. Now you have an organized presentation with major points for each slide.

But you still need visuals that your audience will see. Resist the urge to include everything you say or create bullet points for each idea. The best, most effective presentations don’t use a lot of words on the slides.

Instead, consider how photos, drawings, diagrams or shapes can support the points you’ll make. It’s this combination of speech and on-screen visuals that works best because visuals make your points easy to remember.

With the visuals in place, you can use the notes for each slide to document what you’d like to say in the presentation.

Before you know it, your presentation will be ready for lift-off.

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

Consider using images instead of text for some of your presentation. Pictures can help you tell the story.

If you haven't taken the picture yourself, use copyright cleared images and reference the image source. Here are some sources to find copyright cleared images.

Creation, Collaboration & Communication Virtual Tools

Foliospaces Free 2G storage for ePortfolios. Easy to use and excellent help in context for new and continuing clients.

Google Portfolios use Google apps to configure and maintain online portfolios. Models are offered for several levels of implementation, from teacher and learner perspectives.

Edublogs  Blogging tool that offers space for text, vifeo and image creation.

Portfolium Turnkey platform, free for students.

WordPress Resource Pack The Resource Pack aims to show how WordPress web publishing platform ( can be a useful tool in creating and presenting e-portfolios. Excellent accompanying article.

PathBrite has built in templates and assessment scaffolding for students and educators

Book a Room to Practice (Barrie & Orillia only)

Practice, practice, practice!

Presentations go much smoother if you have practiced your timing and know the content.

Book a study room (self-serve requiring login)


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