Before you begin to create your presentation, have a look at the judging criteria so that you know what you need to include. While putting the presentation together consider the points below:
How do you keep the presentation interesting?
- vary the types of presentation style, including a range of different approaches :…. power point, slides and information… a personalised eye witness report, a story: an interview
- use short sound bites, visuals, music, interviews
- Have a definite introduction, central content, and conclusion
Introductions / How to begin …. Building confidence
- First impressions …. What do you wear as a team?
- How formal do you want your presentation to be, style, branding?
- Entrance: dramatically or casually?
- Positive or negative imagery?
- Do you want to shock people to make them wake up, or gently introduce them to what you’re going to say?
- Introductory imagery and music giving an overview of the country?
- Cultural music, or contemporary music that has a message?
- Opposites …Development statistics over positive images?
- Voice over images , stating hard facts?
- Dramatic silence …. Head lines, stark, silent shocking
- Or positive; spelling out the new advantages as a result of the charity
- Introducing yourselves, or the people concerned with the project?
- Introducing the charity or your representative young person?
- Do you include cultural artefacts, costume
- Do you spell out right from the start why you chose your charity
The content / how do you keep that middle bit interesting ?
- A change of style of presentation from the introduction?
- It’s got to be more than just facts.
- Do you cut the music, or introduce a different style of music, a different presenter? A different pace / a story? What elements of drama can you introduce?
- How do you introduce your charity? Through their logo? Their strap line? Through a mock interview with an aid worker? Through the eyes of a village person?
- How much information do you need before it becomes a shopping list?!
- How do you use video clips creatively?
- How do you clearly identify the work and achievements of the charity?
- How do you link it all to the Sustainable Development Goals?
- How do you introduce the young person? Find images that could be that person’s “family”, village, school.
- Could you read something they have “written” either to you, or thanking the charity ….
- Or could it all be seen through the eyes of a tourist visiting that area who tells of their experiences, a dialogue ? …or through the eyes of a volunteer who was working on the project
Conclusion/ How do you finish it with impact?
- Sometimes it helps to think of the ending before you do the beginning. How are you hoping to sum this up?
- Do you want it to be a positive ending/ or open ended ….. that there is still more work to do out there!
- Are you going to find imagery that helps you wind it up? Sunset/ laughing children/ Successful image of the project?
- What is the last bit of information you want to leave your audience with? How do you reiterate the important information?
- Do you have concluding music that will mean you don’t leave the stage in silence….what sort of mood do you want that music to leave behind?
- Do you want to finish by reiterating your beginning?
- Do you state very clearly here why you chose this charity?
- Put the whole presentation together in draft form before you start finalising anything
- Write all the script before you start researching any images. ( four pages of A4 in Comic Sans size 14 takes about 10 min to read).
- Finish at least two weeks in advance of your in-school deadline and run through it a number of times so that you know your timing and that the technology work.
- The presentation has to be available on a memory stick for the final at the Mountain View Innovation Centre.
- Don’t try to get all your presentation on a timed power point.
- Edit it if it runs over the 10 minute mark.
- Practice using the mic before the night.
- If you need a script, do you have prompt cards or do you need a lectern? Try not to read everything from cards – use bullet points or prompt words to remind you what you want to say.
- Try videoing yourselves doing the presentation.
NB…. be careful not to paint too negative a picture . Whereas many people do need aid to help them out of poverty … we are looking for evidence of respect and understanding of the circumstances that can affect people in the developing world.