Dissertation Defense Tips: How To Make A Strong Presentation

A dissertation defence involves the need for students to perform a presentation. Generally, the presentation will be performed in front of a commission, who will then review and mark the work that you have done. Furthermore, along with the commission, there is a good chance that some of your fellow students may attend, as well as potentially other members of the public.

In order to ensure that any presentation that you give is as strong as possible, the following outlines various tips that you may wish to consider.

Go to other people’s dissertation defences

Just as other people can come to your defence, you will be able to go to those of your fellow students as well. Therefore, it is a good idea that you attend at least one, if not all of the other dissertation defences that will be presented prior to yours.

Not only will this enable you to see what other people are doing and how they have created their own presentations, but it will give you a good idea of any timescale that you have. In fact, prior to writing your own dissertation, you should already have a good idea of how long it will need to last; however, it can be beneficial to witness other people perform presentations to give you a better understanding.

Organising the slides your presentation

In order to ensure that the audiences are captivated by your presentation, it is important that you organise your slides effectively. This means that there should not be too much information on each slide, but also that any information that is present is relevant to what you’re talking about. Essentially, you do not want the audience being distracted by what is on your slides when you try to talk to them.

Print handouts

To ensure that you produce a strong presentation, it is a good idea to produce and print various handouts, which you can give to audience members prior to starting your presentation.

Prepare answers

Finally, after you have given your presentation, there will most likely be a period of time where the commission or other members of the audience will ask you relevant questions relating to the presentation that you have just given. As a result, it is a good idea to try and anticipate any of these questions, and prepare detailed and relevant answers. This will ensure that you are not hesitating, and are fully prepared to answer any questions asked of you.


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