The Process of Crafting an Informative Presentation
1. Choose the idea, issue, or event that will be your topic. Pick a topic that interests you-- after all, you’ll be spending a great deal of time thinking about it. The topic shouldn’t be so broad that you can’t fit all the important information about it into your presentation, but it also should not be so narrow that you don’t have enough to fill the speaking time.
2. Ask questions about your topic. What do you want to know about it? What will your audience want to know about it? Write down these guiding questions that you need to answer.
3. Now collect your information. Do research on your topic to fill in any gaps in your knowledge of it. Make sure you can answer all of your guiding questions. Did any other important questions come up? Answer those as well.
4. Organize your information by first listing it all out. Then put it into a logical order using an outline. Decide which ideas should go together. What is your thesis?
5. Write a strong introduction that grabs your audience’s attention and states your thesis. Then write the body of your speech, which includes your main supporting ideas and the evidence for them (facts, details, examples, and explanations). Finish with a strong conclusion.
6. Once your informative presentation is written, practice it many times. You should be very comfortable with it. Ask your parents and friends to listen to it and give you feedback. What did they find confusing? How was your presentation? Take their comments into account and rehearse several more times. By the time you present to your teacher and class, you should feel very confident that you will present the best speech you can.