How to Present a Good Report

When putting together a report, either for school or for work, presentation is half the battle. Sure, your content (duly worked on by a grammar checking software) will make up the meat. But if you don’t lay it out properly, your audience won’t be able to digest it the way you want them to.

Here are several things you should do to ensure you come out positively on that end:

Use plenty of white space. Most reports, with their numbers and technical details, are difficult to read. White space will help your readers work through it easier.

Have clear separation among different parts. Nothing muddles up a report quicker than an uncertain delineation between sections. Make sure the reader can make out different parts quickly, either by creative lay-outing or through the use of subheadings.

Use bullets, numbers and letters to articulate individual items. This should be self-explanatory to anyone who has worked to write clearly.

Use tables and diagrams. With clear labels and descriptive figures, you can say the same things without fussing about with too many words. But most of the time, this works out considerably better than piling on the text.

Number your pages. Too many people forget this crucial aspect of report presentation. Essays and similar work can get away without page numbers. Reports simply can’t.

Use formal language. Get your comprehensive writing software to help you arrange the final version so that it uses formal language. Refer to similar reports in order to ensure you follow usual standards.

Once You Have Selected Your Topic, What is Your Next Step For the Persuasive Presentation?

In my previous article I discussed the often difficult task of selecting a topic for your persuasive presentation. Your next step is not the creation of your presentation but the research for it. Yes, you have a particular belief, idea, or theory which you feel is correct or better or easier or whatever. The question is why should anyone believe you?

If you do not research the pros and cons of your topic, then your chances of persuading those in your audience to agree with you are slim. Yes, your idea or belief may be the better choice but you must be able to look at both sides of the issue and present evidence in your favor.

A simple example of this is my belief that cornstarch makes a better thickening agent for gravy than flour. How do I know this is true?

1. I have been cooking from ‘scratch’ since I was a child so I am an experienced cook.
2. Unless you have a whisk, flour will produce a lumpy gravy.
3. Cornstarch mixed with a little water can be stirred directly into your drippings (unless the drippings are very fatty and need to be degreased first).
4. In using flour, you must start with just a small amount of fat and then add the drippings to your roux.
5. Cornstarch is easier, faster, and always velvety smooth.

Because of my experience, I have immediately established credibility with my audience. And, because I have tried both methods, I know which is best. Yes, it is a personal preference but that is part of the persuasive presentation whether you are discussing controversial issues or something as basic as cooking.

No matter what your topic, not everyone is going to agree with you no matter how persuasive you are and you should not allow that to deter you. Getting everyone in agreement is not the issue. The issue is establishing your credibility first so that others will open up their minds to what you are saying. That is where your research is so important. You must be able to back up what you are saying by means of your experience, your knowledge, and in many cases, by proof. Being able to cite credible sources tells your audience that you have done your homework and that you know what you are talking about even if they are not all in agreement.

Do not be afraid of the persuasive presentation. Taking a stand for something in which you believe is an excellent means of helping others improve their lives in some fashion. In the process, you will not only be giving to your audience but you will get to know yourself better as well.

Make Incredible Presentations With Tips From These Four PowerPoint Presentations

Want to be great? Of course you do, especially when you’re on stage and you have a crowd of people listening to your every word. At that moment, you want everything to be perfect. You want captivating slides, inspiring images, chill inducing pauses, let’s just say you want the presentations “works”.

But no one can be perfect at the beginning, or at least that’s what we’re told when we’re just starting out. If you are a beginner presenter and want to rock the house like veteran speakers, you’ve found the right article.

Below I’ve listed six incredible presentations that you can use to create your own incredible presentations. All you have to do is look at the style, the design, the language, the fonts, the colors and you should be able to open PowerPoint with a strong sense of what you can accomplish.

You can find all of these presentations by searching for them on Slideshare.net. It’s a dynamic community of presenters and their presentations. Anyways, let’s hop in

Number One – Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs
The presentation title pretty much tells you why this is a must watch slideshow. Everyone can learn from one of the greatest presenters of our time.

Number Two – PowerPoint Porn
Jesse Dee is everyone’s favorite PowerPoint designer. He does it again with this presentation by creating a slideshow of the top slides he’s seen over the years. Catchy title, catchy images, you can learn a little more with every slide advance.

Number Three – Rethinking Presentation Design
I love this presentation because the message is something that everyone who is working on a presentation should know: stick to one point. In fact, get to the point and then prove your point throughout the presentation. This is something we speak highly of within our own eBook titled, “Look Both Ways Before Crossing PowerPoint”.

Number Four – How to present at Tedx
We love TED. You love TED. The videos that constantly go viral online are just a small part of the overall community. What’s really huge is TEDx! This is a presentation specifically for that large community of TEDx-ers, but there are a lot of lessons we can all use in here.

That’s all I have for now. Make sure to check out the other presentations on presentations at Slideshare and a blog post titled, “7 Great Presentations on How to Make Great Presentations” at Slidegarden.
Have fun and (don’t) break a leg, unless it’s a part of your show.