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The ability to deliver a presentation is a skill which is used in many job selection processes and professions.

5 things you need to know...

Delivering a presentation is a skill you are required to develop.  There are different visual aids you can use to help you to present; for example, Microsoft PowerPoint is frequently chosen by students and staff.

The key to delivering a confident and professional presentation is to:

  1. Plan - what is the purpose of the presentation?  You need to have a clear aim and know what is expected from you.
  2. Prepare - know what you are going to say and how you are going to say it.  Ensure that you have researched the topic and presented the information in a logical and interesting way.
  3. Practice - double check everything to ensure it meets the requirements as this will increase your confidence.
  4. Present - with knowledge and enthusiasm and continue to develop coping strategies to ensure nerves do not get the better of you.
  5. Remember, you are the presentation - not the resources you choose to use.


LinkedIn Learning Resources

linkedin learning promotional imageLinkedIn Learning offers online courses and videos to support a wide range of personal, technical and creative skills.

Have a look at our Creating and Delivering Presentions Collection for some recommended resources.

Need to know more...

We have produced resources to help you to develop your skills in this area.  You will find a factsheet on this topic below, plus others you may find useful.  See also the Online and Books tabs above.  

Related factsheets

Skills You Need (2017) Presentational Skills

There are many books to be found at Dewey number 808

Need more advice?

You can also discuss your development of this skill with a member of the Academic Skills Team.

Make an appointment for an online discussion or email support  by using our online booking form.

Personalising your device and using assistive tools

There are many assistive technology tools which can help you choose how you want to access material and these can really improve your productivity.

The University has made some applications available on the student PCs within the library and IT Centres; others are free for you to download and use on your own devices (phone, tablet, laptop or computer) .  Find out more on our personalising standard software guide and our assistive tools and software guide.