Thursday, July 14, 2016

Presentation Tips for Young (and Not so Young) Minds


I'm in Korea teaching a summer course at SKKU in Korea. Today students are presenting their company valuations about a companies from all over the world.

As presentations varied, here are some general tips I have from observing quite a few presentations in these years(and trying to improve my own!)

1) Don't read from a script. Try to make your presentation as natural as you can.

2) Practice! Presenting is never easy, but the more you doubt the better you become.

3) Don't try to copy other people's presentation styles. Find your own!

4) When presenting numbers, don't use more than two (maybe even not more than  one) decimal! It makes things easier to read and no one really think that discount rate of 9.3245% is better than 9.3%.

5) Look at the audience as you present. This is a great way to engage with everyone and keep them focused on your talk and relaxed. Remember not to look at the same person too much.

6) Don't make your audience tired by spending too much time talking about details/numbers. You will often lose your audience if you start talking too much about calculations, although sometimes in academia people want to see those!

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