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Oral Presentations


General information

  • An oral presentation is a verbal presentation to an audience by an individual or small group.
  • All presentations are held in the Campus Center and New Hall. Each room that is used for oral presentations is equipped with technology (computer, projector, screen, etc.) and a podium. No microphones.
  • An oral presentation at Celebrate Carroll is typically a 15 minute presentation, normally using presentation software, with an additional 5 minutes for questions from the audience at the end.
  • If you are an individual presenting on one topic we will schedule you for a total of 20 minutes for your presentation (15 minutes for the presentation and 5 minutes at the end for questions).
  • If you are part of a small group presenting on one topic we will schedule the whole group a total of 20 minutes for the presentation (15 minutes to present and 5 minutes at the end for questions).
  • If you do not fit into one of the categories listed above or need more than 20 minutes for your presentation please contact Jodi Weaver at jweaver@carrollu.edu BEFORE you register. 

Helpful Hints for Oral Presentations

Before the presentation:

  • Prepare and organize your ideas and information.
  • Practice your presentation. You will be prepared for the allotted time as well as feel more comfortable during your presentation.
  • If you plan to use audio/video technology (PowerPoint, video clip, music, etc.), be sure to check the equipment in your assigned room in advance.
  • Arrive to your designated classroom a few minutes early. We want to keep each of the sessions on time.
  • Be confident and enjoy presenting your information.

During the presentation:

  • Be respectful of your fellow presenters and audience. Do not leave after your presentation; stay and listen to the other presentations. It is a great opportunity to learn more about a topic.
  • Maintain eye contact with your audience, vary your voice and make use of a lively delivery to hold your audience's attention.
  • Avoid reading directly from your notes.
  • Make sure you have your presentation on a USB drive so it is readily accessible. You might also wish to e-mail a copy to yourself so you have a backup.
  • Keep track of your time so that you do not run over into another presenter's time slot.
  • Dress and present yourself professionally.
 
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